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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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The Words of a Myriad: Orientation and Avoidance

The Words of a Myriad: Orientation and Avoidance

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Speaking to You

C. H. Sisson

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This chapter explores to what degree the English poet C. H. Sisson's addresses mingle their (often Modernist) attentiveness to the positive relations of historical and cultural understandings with interlocutions that adopt a variety of alienated stances: ‘you have receded’, ‘you could be lost before daybreak’. Sisson's interlocutions move to discomfit us, using you to underline the precarious, changeable nature of relations, and to confront readers with a succession of unsettlingly underspecified, and formally experimental, addresses. As in Eliot and Pound, language itself is made to feel at risk of breakdown, erasure, and dissolution.

Keywords:   Sisson, nation, England, you, address

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