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Brian Baker

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780719069048

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719069048.001.0001

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Space and time, myth and place

Space and time, myth and place

(p.33) 1 Space and time, myth and place
Iain Sinclair

Brian Baker

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines the ‘British poetry revival’ that Sinclair was engaged in when he wrote and published Lud Heat and Suicide Bridge. It considers the importance of William Blake to Suicide Bridge, and examines the factors that were used to define the poetic practice of the British poetry revival poets. It then shows how Sinclair adopted Michael Faraday's conception of the field for the purposes of cultural and social critique, and how Sinclair included the fourth dimension—namely time—in the Suicide Bridge. Finally, it shows how Nicholas Hawksmoor helped Sinclair reimagine London and its myths, and discusses Sinclair's troubling and conflicted understanding of the workings of myth and the scientific metaphors he used in his works.

Keywords:   British poetry revival, Lud Heat, Suicide Bridge, William Blake, poetic practice, field, social critique, fourth dimension, myth, scientific metaphors

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