"Secret truths": the poetry of Kevin Hart

McCooey, David 1995, "Secret truths": the poetry of Kevin Hart, Southerly, vol. 55, no. 4, Summer, pp. 109-121.

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Title "Secret truths": the poetry of Kevin Hart
Author(s) McCooey, DavidORCID iD for McCooey, David orcid.org/0000-0001-8122-4863
Journal name Southerly
Volume number 55
Issue number 4
Season Summer
Start page 109
End page 121
Total pages 13
Publisher English Association Sydney
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 1995-06-01
ISSN 0038-3732
Keyword(s) Arts & Humanities
Literary Reviews
Summary  The publication of Kevin Hart's New and Selected Poems (Angus and Robertson, 1995) is a significant event, allowing a consideration of the various continuities and discontinuities of Hart's style. The collection shows clearly how Hart's characteristic bank of images was formed early. These images Gary Catalano lists as "stones, hands, shadows, sunlight, water, mirrors, horizons, moons and clocks", suggesting the dialectic between the physical and the metaphysical which other early critics of Hart recognized. In addition, the new collection places the "difficult" Peniel, Hart's fourth collection, into something of a context. The explicit formalism of Peniel, the blank verse and the triadic structure (nine stanzas of three lines, three sections made up of nine poems), can be seen as a not-too-obscure religious reference, related to Hart's interest in negative theology and his increasing reputation as a "religious" poet. From another point of view, however, the formalism represents something of a literary joke: that despite the poems' formal unity, they are "incorrigibly plural", to use MacNeice's words. This dialectic between plurality and unity is central to an understanding of Hart's "development".
Language eng
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Copyright notice ©1995, English Association Sydney
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30076480

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