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The Flourishing of the Prose Poem in America and Britain

  • Robert Vas Dias
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Abstract

Starting with the Modernist writers of the early twentieth century, Robert Vas Dias traces the development of the American prose poem and its subsequent transatlantic journey to Britain in the late 1950s and 1960s. He examines its surreal, reiterative, open-ended, non-linear and dissociative structure which, together with its emphasis on the quotidian, led to the linguistically innovative prose poetry of the counter-cultural movement of the 1960s. The position of writers such as Beckett, Borges, Kafka and the Latin American magical realists is discussed in relation to contemporary prose poetry, as well as the New American Poetry and the Beat Generation’s contribution to the practice of British writers. Robert Vas Dias concludes by examining the prose poetry of several significant ‘older generation’ and contemporary British writers.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Poetry SchoolLondonUK

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