Jeremy Halvard Prynne (born 24 June 1936) is a Britishpoet closely associated with the British Poetry Revival.
Prynne's early influences include Charles Olson and Donald Davie. His first book, Force of Circumstance and Other Poems was published in 1962; Prynne has excluded it from his canon. His Poems (1982) collected all the work he wanted to keep in print up to the time of publication, beginning with Kitchen Poems (1968). Expanded and updated versions appeared in 1999, 2005, and 2015. Prynne was one of the key figures in the Cambridge group of Revival poets and was a major contributor to The English Intelligencer.
In addition to his poetry, Prynne has published some critical and academic prose. A transcription of a 1971 lecture on Olson's Maximus Poems at Simon Fraser University has had wide circulation. His longer works include a monograph on Ferdinand de Saussure, Stars, Tigers and the Shape of Words, and self-published book-length commentaries on poems by Wordsworth (Field Notes: 'The Solitary Reaper' and others) and Shakespeare (They That Haue Powre to Hurt; A Specimen of a Commentary on Shake-speares Sonnets, 94). His essay on New Songs from a Jade Terrace, an anthology of early Chinese love poetry, was included in the second edition of the book from Penguin 1982. He has written poetry in classical Chinese under the name Pu Ling-en (蒲龄恩). In 2016, a lengthy interview with Prynne about his poetic practice appeared in The Paris Review as part of its "The Art of Poetry" series.
Prynne is a Life Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He retired in October 2005 from his posts teaching English Literature as a Lecturer and University Reader in English Poetry for the University of Cambridge and as Director of Studies in English for Gonville and Caius College; in September 2006 he retired from his position as Librarian of the College.
- Force of Circumstance and Other Poems (1962)
- Kitchen Poems (1968)
- Aristeas (1968)
- Day Light Songs (1968)
- The White Stones (1969)
- Fire Lizard (1970)
- Brass (1971)
- A Night Square (1971)
- Into The Day (1972)
- Wound Response (1974)
- High Pink on Chrome (1975)
- News of Warring Clans (1977)
- Down Where Changed (1979)
- Poems (1982)
- The Oval Window (1983)
- Bands Around the Throat (1987)
- Word Order (1989)
- Jie ban mi Shi Hu (1992)
- Not-You (1993)
- Her Weasels Wild Returning (1994)
- For the Monogram (1997)
- Red D Gypsum (1998)
- Pearls That Were (1999)
- Poems (2nd edition, 1999)
- Triodes (2000)
- Unanswering Rational Shore (2001)
- Acrylic Tips (2002)
- Biting the Air (2003)
- Blue Slides At Rest (2004)
- Poems (3rd edition, 2005)
- To Pollen (2006)
- STREAK〜〜〜WILLING〜〜〜ENTOURAGE ARTESIAN (2009)
- SUB SONGS (2010)
- Kazoo Dreamboats; or, On What There Is (2011)
- Al-Dente (2014)
- Poems (4th edition, 2015)
- Each to Each (2017)
- Of the Abyss (2017)
- 'English Poetry and Emphatical Language', Proceedings of the British Academy, 74 (1988), 135-69
- Stars, Tigers and the Shape of Words (1993)
- They That Haue Powre to Hurt; A Specimen of a Commentary on Shake-speares Sonnets, 94 (2001)
- Field Notes: 'The Solitary Reaper' and others (2007)
- George Herbert, Love III: A Discursive Commentary (2011)
- Early correspondence and essays in Certain Prose of the English Intelligencer (Cambridge: Mountain, 2012)
- Concepts and Conception in Poetry (Cambridge: Critical Documents, 2014)
- "J.H. Prynne, The Art of Poetry No. 101" (New York: Paris Review, 218, Fall 2016)
- ^J.H. Prynne, Stars, Tigers and the Shape of Words (London: Birkbeck College, 1993)
- ^The Paris Review No. 218, Fall 2016
- Prints in the New Snow: Notes on ‘Es Lebe der König’, J.H. Prynne’s Elegy to Paul Celan by Matt Hall at Cordite Poetry Review, 2013
- The Bibliography of J.H. Prynne
- On the Poems of J.H. Prynne. Ed. Ryan Dobran. Glossator 2.
- A review of The Collected Poems by Forrest Gander at The Chicago Review
- 'The Huntsman of the Rubáiyat: J H Prynne and Peter Henry Lepus Go to Abu Ghraib', essay by Simon Eales (Cordite Poetry Review, February 2016)
- 'J.H. Prynne and the Late-Modern Epic', essay by Matt Hall (Cordite Poetry Review, December 2009)
- 'Tintern Abbey, Once Again', commentary by J. H. Prynne (Glossator 1, 2009)
- 'On the Matter of Thermal Packing', poem by J.H.Prynne (repr.in Lynx : Poetry from Bath)
- 'Rich in Vitamin C', poem by J.H.Prynne, with a commentary by John Kinsella (Jacket # 6, January 1999)
- 'An introduction to the poetry of J.H.Prynne', by Rod Mengham and John Kinsella (Jacket # 7, April 1999)
- 'Socialist poetry of the 1960s: Prynne, John James, David Chaloner' (Angel Exhaust # 13)
- Finding aid for The English Intelligencer Archive at Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University
- Gonville & Caius College Library
- '& Hoc Genus Omne' and 'Ideal Weapons for Suicide Pacts', Plant time bulletins by Erasmus "Willbeen" Darwin, aka J.H. Prynne (Bean News, 1972)
- Records of J. H. Prynne are held by Simon Fraser University's Special Collections and Rare Books
‘Some Work Referring to or Containing Discussion of Medieval Light Symbolism and Related Themes’ [typed bibliography, 6 March 1963]. Papers of Joseph Needham as a historian of Chinese science, technology and medicine, Needham Research Institute. See http://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk/db/node.xsp?id=EAD%2FGBR%2F1928%2FNRI2%2FSCC2%2F343%2F46.
‘Some Works Containing Discussion of Scientific and Christian Time, History, and Causal Explanation’ [typed bibliography, 15 February 1964]. Papers of Joseph Needham as a historian of Chinese science, technology and medicine, Needham Research Institute. See http://janus.lib.cam.ac.uk/db/node.xsp?id=EAD%2FGBR%2F1928%2FNRI2%2FSCC2%2F376%2F1. Also in Box 19, Folder 327, Edward Dorn Papers, Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries.
‘Its Own Intrinsic Form’ [unpublished review of Robert Creeley, For Love: Poems 1950–1960 (New York: Scribners, 1962)]. Undated typescript, written c. December 1962, in Box 19, Folder 328, Edward Dorn Papers, Archives & Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries.
– quoted in Keston Sutherland, J.H. Prynne and Philology (Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation, Cambridge University, 2004): 50, 58. Also referenced in The Collected Letters of Charles Olson and J.H. Prynne, ed. Ryan Dobran (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2017): 12.
‘On the Outlook and Procedures of the Post-Romantic Mind’ [a collection of notes for students, November 1968].
– quoted in Ian Brinton, ‘Prynne in Prospect’. Salt Magazine, 3 (2009), online at http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/93590/20130104-0809/saltmagazine/issues/03/text/Brinton_Ian.htm [approx. pp. 25]. Also quoted in Ian Brinton, review of Peter Hughes, Allotment Architecture (Hastings: Reality Street, 2013). Shearsman Books blog, (15 March 2014): online at http://www.shearsman.com/ws-blog/post/366-peter-hughes-allotment-architecture [approx. pp. 2]. Also quoted in Ian Brinton, ‘Introduction: A Hand-Out for the Future’, in For the Future: Poems & Essays in Honour of J.H. Prynne on the Occasion of His 80th Birthday, ed. Ian Brinton (Bristol: Shearsman Books, 2016): 7–16 [9–15], where it is called ‘Some Notes on the Outlook and Procedures of the Post-Romantic Mind’, and dated November 1969.
Peter Handke, [untitled prose]. Translated by Ted Holt, John James and J.H. Prynne. Collection Seven (Autumn 1970; ed. Peter Riley, with John James): 77–78.
[as ppKew, pseud.], transliteration and ‘post-Nixon’ translation of Prynne’s rune poem (12 July ). Galley, Bean News, 4 . Box 28, Folders 456–58, Edward Dorn Papers, Archives and Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries. [This text was also sent to Douglas Oliver, and possibly to others. In addition, given its place in the galley for Bean News, 4, and among a copy of the Bean News, 4 galleys edited by Prynne, it seems likely that Prynne intended for this, and the three pieces listed below, to be published].
[anon.], ‘Here Is Some Spin-Off’. Galley, Bean News, 4 . Box 28, Folder 456, Edward Dorn Papers, Archives and Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries. [This text was originally from a letter to Ed Dorn c. 1974].
[as Erasmus, pseud.], [‘Caro BEEN:…’]. Galley, Bean News, 4 . Box 28, Folder 456, Edward Dorn Papers, Archives and Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries.
[anon.], [‘The argument about naked singularities…’]. Galley, Bean News, 4 . Box 28, Folder 456, Edward Dorn Papers, Archives and Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries. [This text was originally from a letter to Ed Dorn c. 1972].
‘[Lecture on poem by Creeley (AMs reprint) 1988]’, in Box 63, Folder 11, Robert Creeley Papers, 1950–1997, Special Collections, Manuscripts Division, Stanford University. See http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/tf7b69n911/].
‘Publications by Joseph Needham in the Library of Gonville and Caius College’ (Cambridge: privately printed, 5 December 1990) [An informally produced handlist, ‘made available to friends as a modest tribute to the character and extent of his learning and to the steadfast persistence of his endeavours to publish and disseminate the results of his enterprise.’] [pp. 20].
Lecture on Wordsworth’s Prelude, University of Cambridge, 24 November 1994.
– quoted in Birgitta Johansson, The Engineering of Being: An Ontological Approach to J.H. Prynne (Ph.D. Dissertation, Umeå: Umeå University; Acta Universitatis Umensis, Umeå Studies in the Humanities, 135; 1997): 48. Ben Watson, in ‘Wordsworth’s Prelude & Beethoven’s Fidelio: Two Bourgeois Classics 200 Years On’ (2005), online at http://www.militantesthetix.co.uk/critlit/1805.htm and at https://web.archive.org/web/20160131120424/http://ammarxists.org/ben-watson-wordsworths-prelude-beethovens-fidelio/ [approx. pp. 8], also mentions Prynne’s 1975 Cambridge lectures on Wordsworth’s Prelude; and Keston Sutherland, in J.H. Prynne and Philology (Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation, Cambridge University, 2004): 98–99, also discusses Prynne’s lecture series on Wordsworth at the University of Cambridge, 1994–2003. A series of nine pdf files by J.H. Prynne of what seem to be lecture notes on Wordsworth’s Prelude are online alongside essays, reading lists and tips for university students at https://www.cai.cam.ac.uk/documents/jhp13 on the Gonville & Caius College website.