Hailed as a crucial study of J.H. Prynne's poetry, Violence in the Work of J.H. Prynne provides an accessible and comprehensive analysis of one of the world's leading figures of contemporary poetry. This indispensable resource analyses the nexus between Prynne's evolving political thought and his linguistic invation over a period of three decades. Never hesitant before the difficulty of Prynne's poetry, Hall provides an acute and skilfully articulated argument which illuminates the complexity of Prynne's most challenging volumes. In reinventing the methodologies by which contemporary poetry can be read, Hall synthesizes earlier critical work, providing a crucial pathway into Prynne's work-full of new insights, new inventions, and new critical understandings.
Matthew Hall recently completed a PhD at the University of Western Australia. He has published extensively on the work of J.H. Prynne and British late-modern poetry and poetics. Hall is the author of numerous books of poetry, and is the long-standing feature editor of Cordite Poetry Review. He presently lives and teaches in Melbourne, Australia, where he is working on a monograph on the Indigenous poet Lionel Fogarty.