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Imitation, Repetition, Tradition: Some Reflections on the Poetry of Ian Hamilton Finlay

Lila Matsumoto


This paper examines a selection of Finlay’s concrete poetry which uses imitation and repetition as both method and raw material. I suggest that the poems’ evident pastiche of particular works and iteration of word units create a context whereby a pattern of human behaviour unfolds in whimsical and startling ways.

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