A Vertical Art

Oxford Lectures

Simon Armitage
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The current UK Poet Laureate's popular series of lectures examining what poetry is and who it might be for.

A Vertical Art gathers the expansive and spirited public lectures delivered by Simon Armitage during his acclaimed four-year tenure as Oxford University Professor of Poetry. Armitage tries to identify a 'common sense' approach to an artform that can lend itself to grand statements and vacuous gestures, questioning both the facile and obscure ends of the poetry spectrum, asserting certain fundamental qualities that separate the genre from near-neighbours such as prose and song lyrics, examining who poetry is written for and its values and use in contemporary society.

Above all, these are personal essays that enquire into the volatile and disputed definitions of poetry from the point of view of a dedicated reader, a practising writer and a lifelong champion of its power and potential.

Author bio:

Simon Armitage is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds. His most recent poetry collection is Magnetic Field (2019). From 2015 to 2019, he served as Professor of Poetry at Oxford University, and, in 2018, he was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. Simon Armitage is Poet Laureate.

Category: Literature & literary studies
ISBN: 9780571357376
Publisher: Faber
Imprint: Faber Poetry
Pub Date: July 2021
Page Extent: 320
Format: Hard Cover
Subject: Literature & literary studies