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Durham University

Department of English Studies

Inventions of the Text Seminar Series

Inventions of the Text complements our Research Seminar series. Inventions is organised by a team of postgraduate researchers, and combines papers by academics from Durham and beyond with presentations by PhD students. Seminars run roughly every couple of weeks during term time, with around eight or nine events a year. After each seminar, attendees are welcome to socialise with the speaker(s) over dinner. They are generally for University staff and students, although sometimes open to the public.

Forthcoming Inventions of the Text Seminars

Robert Graves and Modern Poetry

6th May 2015, 17:30 to 19:00, Seminar Room, Hallgarth House, Professor Neil Corcoran

An Inventions of the Text seminar.

Evoking my own early and abiding interest in Robert Graves's poetry this lecture examines some of the reasons for his comparative lack of presence in contemporary poetry criticism despite the fact that he has consistently been appreciated by, and influential on, succeeding modern British and Irish poets. These prominently include Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney, and the lecture examines elective affinities and inter-relationships. It does so in the main by a close reading of several poems designed also to suggest Graves's major poetic strengths. These readings will consider such things as: the appropriateness of an ekphrastic analogy; the displacement of Graves's own dubious 'Goddess' theory of poetry into something altogether more compelling by individual poems themselves; some implications of his metric; and his inventive re-modeling of seventeenth-century poetic tropes. The poems 'Conversation Piece', 'Love Without Hope' and 'The Straw' will be prominent among poems discussed.

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Past Inventions of the Text Seminars