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This book provides extensive evidence of the importance of close attention to the moving and sounding of language in the poems we take pleasure in. It investigates the ways in which poets have exploited the resources of the language as a spoken medium to write verse that continues to move and delight.
Derek Attridge is the author or editor of over twenty books, whose work has been translated into a number of languages, including Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Portuguese, Italian, and Polish. His publications range across many areas, including poetic form, literary theory, and Irish and South African writing. After obtaining degrees in his native South Africa and at Cambridge, he took up a Research Fellowship at Oxford. Since then, he has taught in the UK, France, Italy, and the USA, and is currently Professor in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York. His most recent visiting appointments have been as Visiting Fellow at All Souls, Oxford and as Fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.