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Simon Armitage

Author: Ian Gregson
Publisher: London : Salt, 2011.
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"Simon Armitage is one of the most compelling figures in contemporary literature, most conspicuously because of his charismatic style, but also because he has brought into poetry an irreverent, streetwise gusto and a kind of knowledge that often seems to come from outside poetry altogether. But this book is organised thematically in order to stress that Armitage is a considerable intellectual who tackles a wide  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Simon Armitage; Simon Armitage; Simon Armitage
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Gregson
ISBN: 9781844717675 1844717674
OCLC Number: 698911392
Description: xvi, 92 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Armitage's contexts --
Armitage's voices --
Armitage: man and boy --
Armitage's changes of place.
Responsibility: Ian Gregson.

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Designed to introduce Simon Armitage to those studying him at school and university, this book contains the basic and important information about Armitage's life and work. It explains the concepts  Read more...

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Ian Gregson's work is remarkable in combining a postmodernist's sense of 'things being various' with a traditionalist's concern for shape and completeness.--Carol Rumens

 
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