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Eric Mottram (1924 - January 16, 1995) was a teacher, critic, editor and poet who was one of the central figures in the British Poetry Revival. 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... January 16 is the 16th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The British Poetry Revival is the general name given to a loose poetic movement in Britain that took place in the 1960s and 1970s. ...

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Early life and education

Mottram was born in London and educated at Purley Grammar School, Croydon, and Blackpool Grammar School, Lancashire. In 1943, he was awarded a scholarship to Pembroke College, Cambridge but opted to serve in the Royal Navy instead, only taking up the scholarship in 1947. He graduated with honours in 1950. Over the following decade, Mottram travelled extensively and worked as a teacher in Switzerland, Singapore and the Netherlands. Part of the London skyline viewed from the South Bank London is the most populous city in the European Union, with an estimated population on 1 January 2005 of 7. ... Purley High School for Boys shield and school motto Purley High School for Boys existed from 1914 to 1988. ... The London Borough of Croydon is a London borough in South London and part of Outer London. ... Red Lancashire rose Lancashire is a county in the North of England, whose sea-coast lies on the Irish Sea. ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) is a common year starting on Friday. ... Full name Pembroke College Motto - Named after Countess of Pembroke, Mary de St Pol Previous names Marie Valence Hall (1347), Pembroke Hall (?), Pembroke College (1856) Established 1347 Sister College(s) Queens College Master Sir Richard Dearlove Location Pembroke Street Undergraduates ~420 Postgraduates 194 Homepage Boatclub Pembroke College is a... 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ...


King's College London

In 1960, Mottram returned to London and took a post as Lecturer in English and American Literature at King's College. At the time, King's was one of very few British universities to offer American studies, and Mottram was to prove a pioneer in the field. He co-founded the Institute of United States Studies in 1963, the same year in which his tenure as a lecturer at King's was confirmed. In 1973, became Reader in English and American Literature and was appointed professor in 1982. In September 1990 he retired with the title Emeritus Professor of English and American Literature. Kings College London in London is the largest and second longest member college in the federal University of London, with 21,300 registered students (2003-04). ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... 1982 (MCMLXXXII) is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... September is the ninth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four Gregorian months with 30 days. ... This article is about the year. ...


Mottram and the Beat Generation

In the early sixties, Mottram travelled to the United States and met a number of writers, including William Carlos Williams, Allen Ginsberg and others. He became friendly with William Burroughs during his time in London. These contacts resulted in three of Mottram's best-known critical books; William Burroughs: the algebra of need (1971, British edition 1977), Allen Ginsberg in the Sixties (1972) and Paul Bowles: staticity & terror (1976). These studies did much to help introduce the Beat writers to a wider British audience. The term beat generation was introduced by Jack Kerouac in approximately 1948 to describe his social circle to the novelist John Clellon Holmes (who published an early novel about the beat generation, titled Go, in 1952, along with a manifesto of sorts in the New York Times Magazine: This is... William Carlos Williams Dr. William Carlos Williams (sometimes known as WCW) (September 17, 1883 – March 4, 1963), was an American poet closely associated with Modernism. ... Allen Ginsberg, far left, at Airport Frankfurt, Germany Irwin Allen Ginsberg (IPA: ) (June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American Beat poet born in Newark, New Jersey. ... William S. Burroughs. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Mottram as poet

Mottram's first book of poetry, Inside the whale was published by Bob Cobbing's Writers Forum in 1970. He went on to publish at least another 34 collections, including A book of Herne: 1975-1981, Elegies (both (1981)) and Selected poems (1989). Bob Cobbing (July 30, 1920 - September 29, 2002) was a British sound, visual, concrete and performance poet who was a central figure in the British Poetry Revival. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


His work clearly shows the influence of the American avant-garde poets he admired, particularly in his use of techniques such as found poetry, cut-up technique and collage, but it also has a distinctly British quality in the tradition of Basil Bunting. Found poetry is the rearrangment of words or phrases taken randomly from other sources (example: clipped newspaper headlines, bits of advertising copy, handwritten cards pulled from a hat) in a manner that gives the rearranged words a completely new meaning. ... The cut-up technique is a literary form or method in which a text is cut up at random and rearranged to create a new text. ... Collage (From the French, coll̩, to stick) is the assemblage of different forms creating a new whole. ... Basil Bunting (March 3, 1900 Р1985) was a British modernist poet. ...


In the early 1970's, Mottram was a guest lecturer at Kent State University, where, along with Black Mountain poet Ed Dorn, he was an early supporter of the musical group Devo, and its founders Gerald Casale and Robert Lewis, whose poetry Mottram published when he was editor of the Poetry Review. Kent State University (also known as Kent State or KSU) is an institution of higher learning located in Kent, Ohio, which is about 40 miles southeast of Cleveland, and 12 miles from Akron, Ohio. ... Black Mountain can refer to multiple places: Black Mountain (Kentucky), a mountain and the highest point in Kentucky Black Mountain (California), in Santa Clara County, California, is a moutain east of Milpitas, California. ... Edward Dorn (1929-1999) was a United States poet who was associated with the Black Mountain poets. ... Devo (pronounced either DEE-vo or de-VO, sometimes spelled Dev-O and often DEVO) is a Midwestern music band originating from Akron, Ohio, generally associated with the Eighties despite being musically active since 1972 and having no popular 80s records after 1980s Freedom of Choice. ... Gerald Casale (born July 28, 1948) is the Bass Guitar/Synth Player,a vocalist,and one of the founding members of the new wave band Devo. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Poetry Review. ...


Mottram as editor

In 1971, Mottram was made editor of the Poetry Society's magazine Poetry Review. Over the next six years, he edited twenty issues that featured most, if not all, of the key poets associated with the British Poetry Revival and carried reviews of books and magazines from the wide range of small presses that had sprung up to publish them. Mottram also included work by a number of American poets, a fact that ultimately led to his removal from the post. He also edited The Rexroth Reader (1972) and the section of the 1988 anthology New British Poetry that was given over to the poets associated with the Revival. 1971 (MCMLXXI) is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


External links

  • Mottram homepage at Albany
  • The Eric Mottram archives at King's College

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Eric Mottram - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (544 words)
Eric Mottram (1924 - January 16, 1995) was a teacher, critic, editor and poet who was one of the central figures in the British Poetry Revival.
Mottram was born in London and educated at Purley Grammar School, Croydon, and Blackpool Grammar School, Lancashire.
In the early 1970's, Mottram was a guest lecturer at Kent State University, where, along with Black Mountain poet Ed Dorn, he was an early supporter of the musical group Devo, and its founders Gerald Casale and Robert Lewis, whose poetry Mottram published when he was editor of the Poetry Review.
British Poetry Revival - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1620 words)
Mottram, Nuttall, Horovitz and Burns were all close to the Beat generation writers.
Mottram and Raworth were also influenced by the Black Mountain poets while Raworth and Harwood shared an interest in the poets of the New York School.
Eric Mottram was a central figure on the London scene, both for his personal and professional knowledge of the Beat generation writers and his abilities as a promoter and poet.
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