Tony Harrison: Continuous

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The Meredithian sonnet sequence that makes up Continuous should properly be considered along with From the School of Eloquence (1978), the slim volume of lyrics that stands as a prequel to it. They are intended as an ongoing series of poems that focus on memories of Harrison’s childhood in Leeds, his uprooting from that milieu, and his troubled, but intense, relationship to his parents as a result of his academic and literary proclivities. Although the title emphasizes continuity with the poet’s past, the sonnets often dwell on discontinuity and disconnection: the sense of continuity is very often aspired to rather than attained, even though, in the last instance, language itself is foregrounded as possessing …

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Martiny, Erik. "Continuous". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 February 2007
[, accessed 30 May 2015.]

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  1. The Sonnet Tradition