V.

V A controversial poem broadcast on ITV full of bad language that caused outrage here in full with the relevant reviews

  • Title: V.
  • Author: Tony Harrison
  • ISBN: 9780906427972
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Paperback
  • A controversial poem broadcast on ITV full of bad language that caused outrage here in full with the relevant reviews.

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    1. The outrage over the film of this on Channel 4 in 1987 passed me by so this edition with the poem and the press clippings of the arguments for and against banning the TV program made fascinating reading. The poem itself is excellent and still very much relevant.

    2. Do not confuse this Tony Harrison with the pink shaman in The Mighty Boosh! Harrison is our top Northern poet who came to public attention after 'V's performance on Channel 4 – the furore from right wing newspapers and MPs over the 'FOUR LETTER TV POEM FURY' raised, ironically, the issue of language and power, which is what the poem is about. 'V' is a duologue between the poet/speaker Harrison and his alter-ego, a Skinhead who crudely articulates the resentment of the unemployed underclass dur [...]

    3. Having just watched the film "This Is England" the BNP and National Front were very much in my mind and this deliciously irreverent poem is poignant, inventive, and - although a little clicheed in places - a real thought-provoker. Carol Ann Duffy could learn a few things from Mr. Harrison.

    4. V perfectly presents the struggles that many faced during the 1980s. Within the poem number of contemporary issues are faced, including unemployment, pit closures, the disintegration of small communities and the re-emergence of fascism. I found it incredibly thought provoking, and the style it was written in only added to this.At the beginning of the poem it was all too easy to feel distaste and disgust for the skinheads who were spray painting (often racist) graffiti onto graves. However, Harri [...]

    5. 4.5 stars!It's very rare nowadays to find GOOD poetry that's current and relevant, and that doesn't censor itself to seem modest and canon-worthy. Tony Harrison has provided an exceptional commentary on human behaviour, channelling his anger over the vandalism of his parents' graves in a Leeds cemetery into an incredible poem. He's received so much negative criticism for it, simply because it contains expletives and language that you don't normally get in typical poetry. It's not flowery or euph [...]

    6. V ou Vs é um longo poema que respeita as métricas clássicas, sobre a decadência de Inglaterra. O autor pega num poema clássico inglês e faz uma crítica/paródia moderna (anos 80 de Margaret Tatcher neste caso), com menções a mineiros, sindicatos, hooligans e futebol (o poema nasce de hooligans terem vandalizado a pedra tumular dos pais do autor). É como alguém se lembrasse de pegar nos Lusíadas e começasse a criticar a sociedade moderna, com os programas da TVI e o vício do Faceboo [...]

    7. Bonus points for the addition of press articles at the end of the poem. Interesting to see an attempt at censorship in action. Not a huge fan of the poem, but I can see its importance culturally and politically at the time of writing.

    8. Two long poems in this collection are faves: V with its graffitied family tombstone & musings about parents and prospects; and the pomegranates of patmos, a slap at the creepy delusional death wish of the book of revelations on behalf of the pleasures of living.

    9. I don't fully understand the context behind it but I soon will. I liked the irony and anger felt throughout the poem towards the ignorant. Emotive and effective.

    10. By heck the tongue is filthy! However, it is all for an intellectual purpose though therefore fully justified.

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