Belonging and Estrangement in the Poetry of Philip Larkin, R.S. Thomas and Charles Causley

by Rory Waterman

Belonging and Estrangement in the Poetry of Philip Larkin, R.S. Thomas and Charles Causley Synopsis

Focusing on the significance of place, connection and relationship in three poets who are seldom considered in conjunction, Rory Waterman argues that Philip Larkin, R.S. Thomas and Charles Causley epitomize many of the emotional and societal shifts and mores of their age. Waterman looks at the foundations underpinning their poetry; the attempts of all three to forge a sense of belonging with or separateness from their readers; the poets' varying responses to their geographical and cultural origins; the belonging and estrangement that inheres in relationships, including marriage; the forced estrangements of war; the antagonism between social belonging and a need for isolation; and, finally, the charged issues of faith and mortality in an increasingly secularized country.

Belonging and Estrangement in the Poetry of Philip Larkin, R.S. Thomas and Charles Causley Press Reviews

'Rory Waterman argues persuasively for the significance of place, connection and relationship in the work of Philip Larkin, R.S. Thomas and Charles Causley. His is an important study that offers fresh insights into the work of three of the finest twentieth-century poets in English.'David Mason, Colorado College, USA

Book Information

ISBN: 9781409470878
Publication date: 4th February 2014
Author: Rory Waterman
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 224 pages
Categories: Literary studies: poetry & poets, Literary studies: from c 1900 -,

About Rory Waterman

Rory Waterman is Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University, UK.

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