By I. Gregson
Contemporary Poetry and Postmodernism explores the fraught courting among the poetry of the mainstream and types of modernist poetry that experience needed to make their method outdoors it. Mainstream poets like Paul Muldoon, James Fenton and Carol Ann Duffy multiply voices and so draw on assets from the radical - Bakhtin's inspiration of the dialogic is for this reason used to provide an explanation for their ideas. in contrast, Shklovsky's thought of 'estrangement' is proven to be extra beneficial in accounting for the novel experimentation of poets like Edwin Morgan, Christopher Middleton and Denise Riley. notwithstanding, the booklet concludes through suggesting that - partially due to the impression of surrealism in ladies poets like Selima Hill and Jo Shapcott - the mainstream has lately been infiltrated via modernist and postmodernist estrangement effects.
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H. Lawrence and Ted Hughes - in particular with their interest in evoking a Nietzschean will to power whose presence in nature reflects that in human beings, especially men: And 1 am still imperially Male, leaving you with the pain, The rending process in the colony, The battering ram, the boom burst from within. Although maleness is being abhorred in this passage, it is actually being taken much more seriously than it ever is in Muldoon's references to fathers - it acquires a perversely glamorous aura of cruelty and power.
This is confirmed by her toddler turning shy and disappearing under her skirt "like old 5tanhope Hicks/ the Studio Photographer" . Photography as an analogy continually suggests itself in Martian poems but, unlike in imagist ones, is always present to be modified - here because this is a "home movie" and so concerned with movement and change, but also because its realist aspect is both crucially important and continuously open to question. This photographie reference leads to two contrasting stills.
It may be that the streams have dried up which would symbolise the infertility of the marriage; it is more likely, though, that the shift has occurred in the speaker's mind - that the confluence of the streams had once seemed simple but has acquired more disturbing connotations for him after his own experience of eombined identities. Where "Identities" is about fortuitous merging, "The Boundary Commission" (48) is about gratuitous division, deseribing a village "where the border ran/ Down the middle of the street,/ With the bureher and baker in different states".
Contemporary Poetry and Postmodernism: Dialogue and Estrangement by I. Gregson