Better Quick Than Dead: Anne Wilkinson's Poetry

Robert Lecker

Abstract


Polar oppositions govern Anne Wilkinson's poetry and poetic. By interpreting the themes, images, and symbols aligned with these extremes, we can understand this: Wilkinson's passion is for the quick, the actual lived moment of sensual, phenomenal experience; but that very passion arises from and is sustained by her anxious recognition of the dead, the forces of time and tradition which limit experience and threaten the ecstasy of life-flux. However, her ultra-conscious attempt to seize the instant forces Wilkinson into an awareness of that same instant's passing, and of her inevitable movement toward death.

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