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Speaking to YouContemporary Poetry and Public Address$
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Natalie Pollard

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199657001

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657001.001.0001

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Occupied Territory

Occupied Territory

Chapter:
(p.70) 2 Occupied Territory
Source:
Speaking to You
Author(s):

W. S. Graham

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657001.003.0003

This chapter turns to Graham's wittily and often rudely plain-speaking addresses, charting instances where you must remain alert to what is ‘fashionable enough’, and not passively follow in the footsteps of literary masters. Insistent upon one's need to be in touch with the age's tastes, and to resist being merely, glibly, ‘in fashion’, these addresses explore both the politics and playfulness of fashion, dressing-up, style and stylishness. Bringing disguise into contact with its more negative associations too (fraudulence, ideological manipulation, exposure and betrayal), you is used to expose the strategic negotiations between England and Scotland over the Union. Attention focuses on Graham's oblique addresses to Bonnie Prince Charlie, in whom the tropes of literal and figurative disguise culminate.W. S. Graham

Keywords:   lyric, Scottish, disguise, nation, fashionable

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