Tony Harrison Context

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  • Tony Harrison
    • Poetry
      • Noted for outspoken political views
      • Talks of controversial issues
      • Race, class and power
      • Taught in  Nigeria and Prague
      • Obsessed with conveying a message
    • Education and career
      • Attended Leeds Grammar School
      • Read classics at Leeds University
      • Work has been performed at The Royal National Theatre
      • Britain's leading film and theatre poet
      • Took a diploma in Linguistics
    • Childhood
      • Born in Leeds in 1937
      • Grew up working class
        • Became more educated in articulacy and culture
    • Background
      • Often said that gaining the expressiveness in language made him lose his ability to communicate with his parents
      • Told by a teacher he wouldn't get anywhere because of his Yorkshire accent
        • Mocked him - "Shakespeare would give your character the common prose"

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