Jazz (Book) | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by B. J. Leggett

This literature criticism consists of approximately 29 pages of analysis & critique of Jazz (Book).
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Critical Essay by B. J. Leggett

SOURCE: “Larkin's Blues: Jazz and Modernism,” in Twentieth Century Literature, Vol. 42, No. 2, Summer, 1996, pp. 258-276.

In the following essay, Leggett explores British poet Philip Larkin's fascination with traditional jazz music.

The wonderful music that swept the world during the first half of this century … was of limited appeal, but that appeal was new and definite: a certain area of musical and rhythmic sensibility was being played on for the first time.

—Larkin, “Wells or Gibbon?” in All What Jazz

Russell, Charles Ellsworth “Pee Wee” (b. 1906); clarinet and saxophone player extraordinary, was, mutatis mutandis, our Swinburne and our Byron.

—Larkin, Introduction to Jill

Offering an explanation for the source of his poetry (“unhappiness”) and the source of his popularity...

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