- Title Pages
- Notes on Contributors
- List of Illustrations
- Editor’s Introduction
- 1 Harrison as Elegist
- 2 Close Encounters of the Verse Kind: On Meeting Tony Harrison
- 3 The Man Who Came to Read the Metre
- 4 Lost in the Original: Tony Harrison as a Classicist Poet
- 5 Tony Harrison and the <i>Guardian</i>
- 6 Metre and Memory (and <span xml:lang="ell">Μνημοσύνη</span>)
- 7 Tony Harrison’s Polygonal Ode to Delphi
- 8 Tony Harrison: Nigeria, Masque and Masks
- 9 The Early Years at the National Theatre: Harrison’s Molière and Racine
- 10 Harrison as Scholar-Poet of the Theatre
- 11 Verbal and Visual Witnessing: Tony Harrison’s Euripides
- 12 ‘<i>v</i>.’ Revisited: Harrison, Rimbaud and the French Radical Tradition
- 13 The Translation and Reception of Tony Harrison’s Poetry in France
- 14 Wine and Poetry: Translating Tony Harrison in Italy
- 15 A Poet behind the Camera
- 16 Modernism and the ‘Double Consciousness’ of Myth in Tony Harrison’s Poetry and <i>Metamorpheus</i>
- 17 The Only Tone for Terror: Tony Harrison and the Gorgon’s Gaze
- Consolidated Bibliography
- (p.221) Afterword
- New Light on Tony Harrison
- British Academy
Forgive me, Tony, if I celebrate
Your birthday in a form you’ve made your own
And in the same metre try to imitate
What is your literary flesh and bone.
I know that imitation’s flattery’s mate —
Priestly genuflections and flunkeys’ bows
Are society’s icing, which of course you hate:...
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