Fleur Adcock in Context From Movement to Martians
|Author: ||Stannard, Julian|
Fleur Adcock has become the quiet presiding stateswoman of British poetry. She emigrated to London from New Zealand in the early 60s and her poetic career evolves out of that post-Movement climate. This book documents Adcock's association with the so-called "Group" which doubtless helped in the process of a more colloquial 'voice' and an ease of delivery that often belies the seriousness of a poem. The formal control of her poetry is astute, and she is excellent at raising anxiety and trawling dark themes through her poems. She is a poet of dreams and landscapes, often drawing on her native New Zealand. She is also a social commentator, skillful with her deflations of masculinity.