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The ‘outside’ in poetry in the 1980s and 1990s

Poetry emanating from what a few decades ago would have been deemed 'the margins' has become the major focus of publishing houses, journals and criticism. This chapter discusses the trends in poetry and poetry criticism in the 1980s and 1990s. The poetry scene has changed since the publication of British Poetry Since 1970, in which Blake Morrison stereotyped the published poet as writing from a 'nostalgic liberal humanism' with 'strong respect for "traditional" forms, even strict metre and rhyme'. The most overlooked feature of the Scottish poet Robert Crawford's work is that he is not simply investigating Scottish history from a variety of perspectives but exploring how modern forms of power produce discourses and knowledge. The importance of resisting received notions of nationality, as well as unified concepts of gender, have become increasingly recognised in poetry criticism.

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