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The Poetry of Thom Gunn: A Critical Study

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Throughout most of his work, Anglo-American poet Thom Gunn served as a mouthpiece for his time, illustrating the social, cultural, and historical transformations that have characterized western civilization from World War II until today. Striking images of the Holocaust and the tragedies of World War II emerge in some of Gunn's poems about soldiers (""Innocence,"" ""Claus Von Stauffenberg,"" ""Misanthropos,"" etc.) Likewise, metaphors for the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s can be found in ""Moly"" and ""Jack's Straw Castle."" Characterized by rigorous intellectual honesty and sincerity, Gunn's poetry constitutes a unique artistic experience in that it seeks to mediate between several opposite poles: old Europe against contemporary America; traditional metre against free verse; and the language of the present against the lessons of the great writers of the past.Starting with theoretical premises drawn from philosophy, anthropology, and sociology, this work examines Thom Gunn's entire poetic career. In Gunn's early poetry, the author argues, the predominant theme is the desire for freedom from the painful prison of the intellect and from the masks that the individual feels compelled to wear even in his sexual relationships. In Gunn's later poetry, the author notes a gradual opening to human relationships and to Nature, which is also Gunn's vindication and reevaluation of his own nature and the liberation of his long repressed and hidden homosexuality.

Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: from c 1900 -Essays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: poetry & poets Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc Publication Date: 15/01/2009 ISBN-13: 9780786436873  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Stefania Michelucci is associate professor of English literature at the University of Genoa (Italy). She is also the author of Space and Place in the Works of D.H. Lawrence (2002).

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