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1789622530 / 9781789622539
Published 30/09/2020
United Kingdom
163 x 239 mm 272 pages
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Poetry & Money: A Speculation is a study of relationships between poets, poetry, and money from Chaucer to contemporary times.

It begins by showing how trust is essential to the creation of value in human exchange, and how money can,depending on conditions, both enable and disable such trustfully collaborativegenerations of value.

Drawing upon a vast range of poetry for its exemplifications, the book includes studies of poetic hardship, religious verse and debt redeeming, the South Sea Bubble and the economic revolution, debates over metallic and paper currency in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, as well as modernist struggles with the gold standard, depression, inflation, and the realised groundlessness of exchange value.

With its practitioner's attention to the minutiae of poetic technique, it considers analogies between words and coins, and between poetic rhythm and the circulation of currencies in an economy.

Through its close readings of poems over many centuries directly or indirectly engaged with money, it proposes ways in which, while we cannot escape monetary economies, we can resist, to some extent, being ensnared and diminished by them - through a fresh understanding of values money may serve to enable, but ones which are nevertheless beyond price.


1DBK United Kingdom, Great Britain, 1KBB USA, 3J Modern period, c 1500 onwards, DSB Literary studies: general, DSC Literary studies: poetry & poets

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