Category: Writing About Literature

Intertextuality and the poetry of John Heath-Stubbs

In this essay I explore the implications of T. S. Eliot’s statement in ‘Tradition and the Individual Talent’ that ‘[n]o poet, no artist of any art, has his complete meaning alone’. Eliot imagines the entire collection of literary works as ‘an ideal order’ of ‘existing monuments’ (1920). Every new work is a product of that…

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‘The Battle of Maldon’ and Byrhtnoth’s ‘ofermod’

‘What we must applaud is the poet’s selection of material which fits his structure and the presentation of his theme’. Is this a valid response to The Battle of Maldon?  The Old English font employed throughout for particular characters is Junius by Peter S. Baker. Downloaded on 14 September 2016 from [Please note it…

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