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Matthew Caley
(Matthew Hobson)
No Bulwark

Chapter in book

Editors: Peter Oswald, Alice Oswald and Robert Woof
The Earth Has Not Anything To Shew More Faire: A Bicentenary Celebration of Wordsworth’s sonnet Composed Upon Westminster Bridge
Shakespeare's Globe and Wordsworth Trust
ISBN: 1870787846
pp. 95

commissioned poem

As these commissions wanted to match contemporary poetry against Wordsworth’s patriotic rhetoric and Romantic vision, the poem No Bulwark was intentionally deflationary, utilising two down and outs / crackheads as a "greek chorus" to comment on the detritus of their urban environment; a detritus which includes reference to the Americanisation of culture.

Wordsworth’s Romantic inflatus is matched / replaced by a drug comedown (post-Romantic deflation) and economic reality.

As part of the commission, there was a performance of No Bulwark at The Globe Theatre in Spring 2003, when each poet read their poem before that night's Shakespeare or Aupelius performance.

Matthew Caley: No Bulwark

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