Thom Gunn

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  • David C. Dougherty (Loyola University Maryland)
  • Kevin Tuliszewski

The poets of the Movement were a curious literary alliance, having banded together to achieve a common purpose through a variety of different methods. Repulsed by the neo-romantic and performance-driven poetry of the 1950’s, these poets tried to save Modern verse from falling into the pit of fluffy, image-driven poetry and restore an emphasis on content. The youngest of these poets was Thom Gunn, who, like his colleagues in this loose confederation, retained a style of his own while addressing Movement ideas. They had a shared value of bringing tradition and discipline back into poetry, thereby increasing a poem’s capacity for meaning and dignity. Although Gunn was a distinguished advocate for the virtues of restraint, clarity,…

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Dougherty, David C., Kevin Tuliszewski. "Thom Gunn". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 October 2007
[, accessed 07 October 2015.]

Related Groups

  1. The Movement
  2. Queer (GLBT) Literature