ISSN: 20428022
First published in 2011
2 issues per volume
Volume 6 Issue 1-2
Cover Date: December 2016
‘Orphans of Poetry’: The poetry of childhood and the poetry for children of Robert Graves
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Authors:  Michael Joseph 
DOI: 10.1386/btwo.6.1-2.9_1

poetry,children’s poetry,childhood,epistemology,scepticism,World War I,knowledge,philosophy

‘Orphans of Poetry’ examines poems by Robert Graves in order to argue three related points: that Graves’s ideas about childhood and children’s poetry, which anticipate more contemporary attitudes, were significantly shaped by his harrowing experience in the trenches in World War I; that Graves had an extraordinarily complex idea of nonsense as something larger than reasonableness and believed in its ‘explanatory power’, a belief arising from a philosophical scepticism he adopted when he was in his early twenties; that his idea of nonsense dovetailed with the notion of poetic truth, or a kind of knowledge accessible only through poetry or only to readers of any age who had the capacity to conceptualize in the mode of a poet.
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