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Cenotaph south : mapping the lost poets of Nunhead Cemetery

By: McCabe, Chris

Part of the The Lost Poets of the Magnificent Seven series
1908058579 / 9781908058577
Paperback
914.21048612
30/09/2017
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England
20 cm 1 volume
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Step through the iron gates of one of London's most spectacular Victorian cemeteries on the hunt for the lost poets of Nunhead.Literary investigator Chris McCabe pushes back the tangled ivy and hacks his way through the poetic history of south-east London, revealing a map of intense artistic activity with Nunhead at its heart: from Barry MacSweeney in Dulwich to Robert Browning and William Blake in Peckham.Join McCabe on a journey back in time along underground rivers, through Elizabethan villages and urban woodland.

Discover the surprising lives and lines of writers neglected amongst the moss-covered monuments of Nunhead Cemetery: from the 'Laureate of the Babies' and a New Zealander soldier-poet to those who chronicled London at the height of her industrial powers.But this is also a personal journey that highlights poetry's force in overcoming trauma; McCabe's exploration of Nunhead Cemetery is interwoven with diary entries that document his mother's illness.In this latest instalment in an ambitious project to plot the dead poets of the Magnificent Seven - London's great Victorian cemeteries - McCabe drills deep into the psyche of the city, and into his own past.Encounters with the dead and forgotten are charted in sinuous prose and with a wry humour that belies his meticulous research. Cenotaph South offers a powerful meditation on art, writing, memory and community, confirming McCabe as contemporary poetry's most innovative thinker.

This is essential reading for anyone who has ever wondered what lies behind the canon, or beyond the cemetery gates.

BIC:

1DBKESL London, Greater London, DSC Literary studies: poetry & poets, JWTY Memorials & rolls of honour, WTL Travel writing

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