Dr William G Wootten

B.A.(Cantab.), M.A.(Edin.), Ph.D.(Dunelm.)

  • BS8 1TB

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Research interests

I research and publish on modern and contemporary poetry in English. I also write poetry. My most recent publications are Reading Walter de la Mare (Faber 2021), my annotated edition of de la Mare's selected poems, and Looking at the Horsemen (New Walk 2021), a twenty poem pamphlet of my own poems. I am also leading the Brigstow interdisciplinary Metre and Memorisation project researching the psychological effects of verse memorisation and metre.
I am interested in receiving research proposals on modern and contemporary poetry (especially Georgian poets and poets active from the 1950-1970s), poetics and the creative writing of poetry (especially, but not exclusively, poetry in metrical form).

My book The Alvarez GenerationThom Gunn, Geoffrey Hill, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath and Peter Porter (Liverpool University Press, 2015) is on the generation of poets who succeeded the Movement.  Other recent research includes work on the neo-romantics (Dylan Thomas, Vernon Watkins, George Barker and W.S. Graham), on Edward Thomas, Rupert Brooke and Philip Larkin.  I have also been a frequent book reviewer for publications including the Guardian, the London Review of Books, Poetry Review and the Times Literary Supplement.  My PhD was on the long poems of David Jones, Basil Bunting, Geoffrey Hill and Roy Fisher.  I have also researched into the history of Penguin books, co-editing and contributing to Reading Penguin (Cambridge Scholars 2013).  Poems of mine have appeared in magazines including New Walk, PN Review, Poetry Review, Rialto the Spectator and the Times Literary Supplement


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