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Dr Paul Bentley

Visiting Lecturer in English Literature

School of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

01752 636700

Paul Bentley

Role Summary



  • PhD, Ted Hughes and Peter Redgrove, University of Sheffield
  • MA Poetry in Our Time, University of Sheffield
  • BA (Hons) English Studies, Sheffield Hallam University


My teaching interests include modern poetry, romanticism, nineteenth-century literature, gothic, poetry and writing therapy.


Modern Poetry, especially Ted Hughes and Peter Redgrove; Romantic Poetry; Poetry Writing; Literary Theory.

My special interest is in developments and movements in British and Irish poetry since the Second World War, and especially in the uses of literary theory to read modern poetry.  I have written on poets such as Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Peter Redgrove, and Paul Muldoon.  I'm also interested in Romantic poetry, and have written on responses to Keats in his time as a 'Cockney' poet, as well as on the role of superstition in Wordsworth and Coleridge's Lyrical Ballads.  My lastest book - Ted Hughes, Class and Violence - was published with Bloomsbury in 2014.  I also write poetry: my pamphlet Largo, a winner of the Poetry Business Book & Pamphlet Competition, was published in 2011, and was short-listed for the Michael Marks Award for Best Pamphlet in 2012. I'm currently working on a paper on Shakespeare's sonnets and John Donne.   



Ted Hughes, Class and Violence (Bloomsbury 2014).

Scientist of the Strange: The Poetry of Peter Redgrove (Fairleigh Dickinson 2002).

The Poetry of Ted Hughes: Language, Illusion & Beyond (Longman 1998)


Largo (Smith/Doorstop 2011).

Other recent publications:

'Keats' Odes, Socratic Irony, and Regency Reviewers', Keats-Shelley Journal no. 62 (2013).

'The Debates about Hughes', in The Cambridge Companion to Ted Hughes ed. Terry Gifford;(Cambridge University Press 2011).

Expert Membership of professional bodies

  • British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies
  • National Association of Writers in Education

Roles on external bodies


Other Interests

I'm also interested in the relationship between writing and wellbeing.

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