Unnoticed in the Casual Light of Day

Phillip Larkin and the Plain Style

By Tijana Stojkovic

© 2006 – Routledge

208 pages

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About the Book

Larkin's poems are often regarded as falling somewhere between the traditional 'plain' and the more contemporary 'postmodern' categories. This study undertakes a comprehensive linguistic and historical study of the plain style tradition in poetry, its relationship with so-called 'difficult' poetry, and its particular realization in the cultural and historical context of 20th-century Britain. The author examines the nature of poetry as a type of discourse, the elements of, and factors in, the development of literary styles, a close rhetorical examination of Larkin's poems within the described poetic frameworks, and his position in the British twentieth-century poetic canon.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction: Raising the Questions 1. Literature, Language, Plainness, and the Plain Style Traditions 2. Larkin in Context 3. Rhetorical Strategies I 4. Rhetorical Strategies II 5. Themes Conclusion: Larkin's Own Blend Notes. Bibliography. Index

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Studies in Major Literary Authors

Studies in Major Literary Authors features outstanding scholarship on celebrated and neglected authors of both canonical and lesser-known texts.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT004120
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
LIT014000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry