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Cultural production after 1980s

Cultural production after 1980s

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Published by Eldar Hodzic
issues in poetry after 1980s
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Published by: Eldar Hodzic on Apr 20, 2013
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Cultural production after 1980s: issues and debates
Period after 1980’s is marked by diversity and multiplicity, the poets deal with differentsubjects. In 1986 there is the programme in London, called Poems on the Underground,whose aim was to promote poetry and to bring it closer to a wider audience. Since the poetry was seen as something strange and odd this movement tried to make poetryavailable to everyone not only poets. Poems are displayed on posters in advertisingspaces across London and they are usually changed three times a year. The programmeaims to show a diverse range of poetry, including classical, contemporary, internationaland work by up and coming poets. It has proved to be an excellent way of introducing the public to poetry.In 1994 the New Generation Poets movement was formed. There was a growth in interestin women's writing and in poetry from England's ethnic groupings. Poets had to be UK citizens or normally resident in the UK and they had to be under 40. Reading poetry became an art for itself, a performing art. However, they had different themes of poetry,themes such as strikes, urban violence, sexual abuse, ethnic diversity etc. and it was veryhard to categorize them in any way. They made new plain style of poetry making itaccessible to everyone. This movement also made some changes when it comes to centersof poetry, London stopped being the center and those marginalised cities became centersof poetry. With the rise of poetry in these marginalised cities new publish houses openedand made it easier for poets to publish their poetry. However, after some time, despite alltheir activity, major publishers dropped their poetry lists and both young and establishedwriters became increasingly reliant on small and medium sized presses, and they becamedependent on State funding.These poets were widely promoted, and poetry could be seen everywhere, but due tothese promotions many criticized it and thought that promotion deduces the quality of  poetry. Promotions put poetry on ‘market’ and by doing this it lost its artistic value and became just another product for making money. Also reputation of a poet was usually

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