Veronica Forrest-Thomson

Poet on the Periphery

  • Gareth Farmer

Part of the Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics book series (MPCC)

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This study offers a comprehensive examination of the work of the young poet and scholar, Veronica Forrest-Thomson (1947-1975) in the context of a literary-critical revolution of the late sixties and seventies and evaluates her work against contemporary debates in poetry and poetics. Gareth Farmer explores Forrest-Thomson’s relationship to the conflicting models of literary criticism in the twentieth century such as the close-reading models of F.R Leavis and William Empson, postructuralist models, and the work of Ludwig Wittgenstein.  Written by the leading scholar on Forrest-Thomson’s work, this study explores Forrest-Thomson’s published work as well as unpublished materials from the Veronica Forrest-Thomson Archive. Drawing on close readings of Forrest-Thomson’s writings, this study argues that her work enables us reevaluate literary-critical history and suggests new paradigms for the literary aesthetics and poetics of the future.


French structuralism twentieth-century British literary studies F. R. Leavis William Empson poststructuralism models of language debates on twentieth-century poetic form Ludwig Wittgenstein Donald Davie Veronica Forrest-Thomson and literary debate theoretics of poetry Poetic Artifice: A Theory of Twentieth-Century Poetry women in literary tradition twentieth-century female poet female modernist poet Dada Influence of nineteenth-century poetry on modernists Stéphane Mallarmé’s poetic convention

Authors and affiliations

  • Gareth Farmer
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BedfordshireLutonUnited Kingdom

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