George Szirtes

John Sears (Manchester Metropolitan University)
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George Szirtes has achieved literary prominence as a poet, translator, editor and broadcaster. His poetry develops from early experiments with a lyric voice working in late-modernist, pastoral and confessional modes and bearing the traces of influences from major figures like Auden, Eliot, and the “Movement” and “Group” poets as well as contemporaries like Martin Bell, Peter Scupham and Peter Porter, to an increasing concern with large formal patterns and sequences (notably extended sequences of sonnets), enabling the examination of historical, political and personal experiences through language carefully aware of its own provisional, limited status. Working in the fields of art, printing and publishing, Szirtes has contributed to numerous small-press publications including The…

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Citation: Sears, John. "George Szirtes". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 June 2006 [, accessed 15 April 2024.]

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