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TRANSCENDING TIME AND SPACE: BARRY MACSWEENEY'S EXPERIMENTAL ODES OF THE 1970s

Oliver Bevington
The Modern Language Review
Vol. 110, No. 2 (April 2015), pp. 399-421
DOI: 10.5699/modelangrevi.110.2.0399
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5699/modelangrevi.110.2.0399
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Abstract

During the 1970s, the British poet Barry MacSweeney carried out a series of poetic experiments with the ode form. With reference to MacSweeney's 1978 collection Odes: 1971-1978, and a poetry poster entitled Ode to Coal, which MacSweeney designed in collaboration with the visual artist Michael Chaplin, this article situates MacSweeney's experimental poems in relation to the history of the ode form. It also suggests that the experimental impetus of MacSweeney's odes is indebted to a twentieth-century shift in the nature of poetic form that has sought to align poetry with visual art rather than with music.

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