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

  • Lila Matsumoto University of Edinburgh


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.

Author Information

Lila Matsumoto, University of Edinburgh
Lila Matsumoto is a final year PhD student at the University of Edinburgh. Her dissertation explores two poetry magazines, Gael Turnbull’s Migrant and Ian Hamilton Finlay’s Poor.Old.Tired.Horse. Broader interests include modernist Scottish literature, Scottish literary history, and modern and contemporary poetry. Lila also publishes an arts and poetry magazine, SCREE.
How to Cite
Matsumoto, Lila. 2012. FORUM: University of Edinburgh Postgraduate Journal of Culture & The Arts, no. 15 (December), 1 - 11. Accessed June 24, 2018.