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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 154, 2007 Lectures$
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Ron Johnston

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264355

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264355.001.0001

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‘We keep the bread and wine for show’1—Consistent Irony and Reluctant Faith in the Poetry of Dannie Abse

‘We keep the bread and wine for show’1—Consistent Irony and Reluctant Faith in the Poetry of Dannie Abse

WARTON LECTURE ON ENGLISH POETRY

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(p.337) ‘We keep the bread and wine for show’1—Consistent Irony and Reluctant Faith in the Poetry of Dannie Abse
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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 154, 2007 Lectures
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TONY CURTIS

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264355.003.0012

This lecture presents the text of the speech about the consistent irony and reluctant faith in the poetry of Dannie Abse delivered by the author at the 2007 Warton Lecture on English Poetry held at the British Academy. It discusses the traditional strategies of the inversion of syntax and the end-focusing of the main clause in Abse's poetry. The lecture also examines the ways in which Abse's identity as Londoner and a Cardiff Welshman underpins his work.

Keywords:   irony, faith, poetry, Dannie Abse, syntax, end-focusing, Warton Lecture, British Academy

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