Polite Forms by Harry White

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Polite Forms is a sequence of poems that meditates on family life.


These poems remember and reimagine scenes from childhood and adolescence


through the formal composure of the sonnet, so that the uniformity of this


framing device promotes a tension as between a neatly arranged album of


photographs and the chaos and flow of experience itself. Throughout the collection


there is a constant preoccupation with the difference between actual remembrance and


the illumination or meaning which poetry can afford.


Some of the poems ‘rewind the tapes of childhood’ across two or three generations,


and all of them are akin to pictures at an exhibition which survey individual impressions of childhood


and parenthood in a thematically continuous series of portraits drawn from life.


Harry White was born in Dublin in 1958. He is Professor of Music at University College Dublin


and widely known for his work in musicology and cultural history.


His publications include “Music and the Irish Literary Imagination” (Oxford, 2008),


which was awarded the Michael J. Durkan prize of the American Conference for Irish Studies in 2009.


“Polite Forms” is his first collection of poems

 

About Harry White

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Harry White is a well know musicologist, and he holds the chair in the Department of Music, University College, Dublin.
 
Published March 30, 2012 by Carysfort Press. 60 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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