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Roy Fisher’s Musicians

  • Peter Robinson
Chapter

Abstract

Robinson offers an account of The Ship’s Orchestra that situates it in relation to Cubist and Surrealist experiments, and indicates how its modes intersect with the prose poem in English. It relates the playing of jazz music to its characters and themes, and notes their involvement with synesthetic sensory experience and with sexuality. The advantages for the writer and the work derived from its unplanned, additive mode of development is related specifically to characteristics associated with prose poetry, and to a needed freedom from entailment to biographical or psychological explanations for its representations of perceptual and reflective subjectivity. The chapter concludes with reflections on how, paradoxically, this freedom can be of benefit in both biographical and psychological terms for the writer and for his readers.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of ReadingReadingUK

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