The cup of John Howard's poetry

Clark, Tom (2008) The cup of John Howard's poetry. Overland (190). pp. 22-28. ISSN 0030-7416


In commercial terms, poetry is a form irredeemably condemned to the literary margins. However, this paper makes a case for its ongoing significance by reading it into contemporary public language. It identifies the rhetorical power of former Prime Minister John Howard with his unacknowledged mastery of poetic techniques that we can observe in formulaic-performative traditions of poetry such as the oral epic.

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Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 360000 Policy and Political Science
Historical > RFCD Classification > 420000 Language and Culture
Keywords rhetoric, politics, spoken performance, poetic formula, semiotics
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