ABSTRACT

Poetry has often served in formulations of city myth. Poems seem related to the question of whether ‘the city’ has any essence, imaginative or material, alongside an immense material diversity of infrastructure. Like a statue, a poem can present itself as a monument that aspires to eternal life and long-lasting commentary on where it is positioned or what it depicts; also like a statue a poem can itself be a critique and each participates in acts of contestation. LUS has drawn on poetry selectively and understanding urban poetry is aided by literary geographers’ conceptual work. A key method is analysis of the image as part of a broader process of bringing together urban form and literary form throughout the book. As elsewhere in LUS, entanglements of space and time are inevitable, as marked by the differing temporal scale of poetic perspectives on urban pasts found in work by T.S. Eliot and Marianne Moore.