The Winnowing Fan

This collection of poems explores various aspects of the relationship between poetry, philosophy, and literary theory. It takes up many topics from Christopher Norris’s earlier work in strikingly innovative ways, and uses a range of complex and challenging verse-forms to offer some uniquely inventive angles of approach. The longer poems are part of his project to revive a literary genre–the philosophical verse-essay–that has had very few serious or sustained practitioners since its eighteenth-century heyday. The poems thus signal a striking new direction in the work of this eminent literary theorist and philosopher.

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