Cultural Materialism

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Cultural Materialism and Contemporary British Poetry
with Special Reference to Selected Works By Geoffery Hill (b.1932),

Ted Hughes (1930-1998) and Philip Larkin (1922-1985)

تأليف الأستاذ الدكتور/ أسامة العبد عميد كلية الشريعة بالقاهرة عام الف و ثمانمائة وخمسة من القرن التاسع عشر الميلادى

Abstract

In the light of the above-mentioned definition, Hill’s poetry rejects materialism for realism; he seems to be unconcerned with the course of events because he believes that history took its predestined course long ago. Hill seeks a revival of the Greek ideals of life in the mind of man and his sense of history is striking. The social, economic, political or military aspects of the imperial conquests are glossed over, too.

Larkin portrays colonialism, frankly, as a military enterprise related to politics and politicians but not intellectuals. Larkin’s poetry exhibits the inner conflicts of man- as a result to that military enterprise, suppressed religiousness versus materialism, sexual fears, pessimism about history, and feeling of insecurity. In addition, Larkin has dedicated himself to the lyrical poetry as a suitable form to comment on historic events. In fact, both Hill and Larkin contrast an unhappy present to a glorious past.

Ted Hughes describes the battles of the soul as well as those conflicts that take place between fathers and sons, and husbands and wives as being profoundly related to outer historical issues such as war, unemployment, and class conflicts. Nature, history and the psyche are deeply interwined in his poetry.

To conclude, one can say that the general trend of most poets is not for materialism. Each poet expresses his views in a way that may differ from others’. However, most poets are dissatisfied with materialism.

الماديه الثقافيه والشعر البريطانى المعاصر

بالتركيز على مختارات من اشعار جيوفري هيل وتد هيوز وفيليب لاركن

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