Tony Harrison

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  • Tony Harrison(1937-Present Day)
    • Personal Life
      • Born in Leeds
        • educated at leeds grammar school and the university of leeds
          • he read classics and took a diploma in linguistics
      • some years he lived in gosforth, Newcastle upon tyne
    • material for poetry provided by memories of his working-class chbildhood
      • his poems & translations show a powerful rhyme and expert adaptation of colloquial speach
        • best know collections are 'The Loiners(1970) and The School Of Eloquences
          • best known work is long poem V(1985)
            • written during the miners strikes 1984-85
              • describes a trip to see his parents grave in a Leeds cemetry
                • proposals to screen a filmed version of V by channel 4 in october 1987 drew howls of outrage from tabloid press
                  • the broadcast went on

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