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Autobiographical Poetry in England and Spain, 1950-1980

Narrating Oneself in Verse

Author(s): Menotti Lerro

Book Description

The volume traces the founding critical theories of the autobiographical genre, from the Enlightenment period to the most recent developments, which, since the Sixties and the essays of Roy Pascal and Jean Starobinski, have had a greater and greater influence. It offers – in contrast to the essential, and by now classic, definition of Philippe Lejeune – an increased effectiveness of the poem to express the narrative purposes of autobiography, recognizing poetic writing that has the extraordinary ability to say what “the mortal language does not say,” to quote Leopardi. The works of Seamus Heaney, Thom Gunn, Carlos Barral and Jaime Gil de Biedma are analyzed here, and show an unveiling of the self through memories, places and objects that often characterize them and that allow, to whomever recalls one’s own experience through writing, the recovery and restoration of essential meanings to the reconstruction not only of subjective identity, but also of one’s own community.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-3274-8
ISBN-10: 1-4438-3274-X
Date of Publication: 01/02/2017
Pages / Size: 235 / A5
Price: £61.99


Menotti Lerro is a Lecturer in English Literature and English Culture and Civilization at the University of Linguistic Mediation (UNIMED) of Milan, Italy. He received a PhD from the University of Salerno, Italy, in 2012. He has published fifteen collections of poetry and other books of short stories, aphorisms, dramas and novels. In 2011 he was the subject of a critical book by Andrew Mangham entitled The Poetry of Menotti Lerro.