Chronology
DateHistorical EventsLiterary Events
1950President Truman announces that the USA is to proceed with the building of the hydrogen bomb; the Korean War breaks out.Charles Olson, ‘Projective Verse’
1952Dwight Eisenhower is elected President of the USA with Richard Nixon as his Vice President.
1953Soviet troops suppress strikes and an uprising in East Germany; the Korean War comes to an end.
1954The defeat of French forces by the Viet Minh at Dien Bien Phu effectively ends French colonial involvement in Indo-China.
1955In Montgomery, Alabama 42-yearold African-American Rosa Parks refuses to give up her seat on a city bus to make room for a white passenger.Philip Larkin, The Less Deceived

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Series Preface ix
  • Acknowledgements x
  • Chronology xii
  • Introduction 1
  • Chapter 1 - Lyric Subjects 25
  • Chapter 2 - Politics and Poetics 58
  • Chapter 3 - Performance and the Poem 98
  • Chapter 4 - Environment and Space 133
  • Chapter 5 - Dialects, Idiolects and Multilingual Poetries 171
  • Conclusion 207
  • Student Resources 231
  • Index 255
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