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Ithell Colquhoun’s experimental poetry
Surrealism, occultism, and postwar poetry
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This chapter focuses on Ithell Colquhoun’s hitherto largely unknown poetic oeuvre. Challenging received critical narratives regarding the supposed disappearance of surrealist and modernist poetic efforts in Britain after the Second World War until the British poetry revival in the 1960s and 1970s, the chapter reveals that Colquhoun regularly published automatic or esoteric surrealist poetry in various literary periodicals and little magazines from the 1940s to the 1980s. The chapter not only sheds light on previously neglected aspects of Colquhoun’s work but also constitutes a revision of the historiography of British postwar poetry and its relationship to surrealism.

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