Dr Sam Perry


Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


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Dr Sam Perry's research focuses on the relationship between 20th-century poetry and Romanticism, with particular emphasis on that prodigiously talented group of British poets, including Ted Hughes, R S Thomas and Philip Larkin, who rose to prominence with the publication of Penguin’s seminal anthology, The New Poetry (1962).

These concerns culminate in Chameleon Poet: R S Thomas and the Literary Tradition (Oxford University Press, 2013), a book that draws upon Keats’ notion of the 'chameleon poet' to explore questions of influence and identity. Dr Perry is currently engaged in a long term project exploring the representation of childhood in 20th century poetry.


Research Interests

  • 20th-century poetry, especially the work of Ted Hughes, R S Thomas and Philip Larkin.

  • The poetry of childhood

  • The literature of place

  • Questions of identity and belonging

  • Literature and theology

Research groups

  • The Edward Thomas Fellowship

  • The R S Thomas & M E Eldridge Society

  • The Ted Hughes Society

  • Heritage and Memory (University of Hull)


Chameleon Poet: R S Thomas and the Literary Tradition, Oxford University Press (2013)

''The Small Box', Ted Hughes and the Figure of the Child’, in British Literature in Transition: 1960-80, Kate McLoughlin (ed), Cambridge University Press (2018)

‘Hughes and Surrealism’, in Ted Hughes in Context,Terry Gifford (ed), Cambridge University Press (2018)

''Only in dreams': Philip Larkin and Surrealism', English: The Journal of The English Association, Spring 2010, pp 95-119 (2010)

''In search of something chance would never bring': The poetry of R.S. Thomas and Edward Thomas’, The Review of English Studies, September 2008, pp 582-603 (2008)

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Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list


  • Visionaries and Rebels: Romantic Poets from Blake to Tennyson

  • British and American Modernism

  • The Child in British and American Literature

  • Dissertation

  • ​Literature and the City

Research PhDs

Dr Perry would welcome PhD applications in any of his principal areas of research.

Completed PhDs

  • James Underwood, Philip Larkin (2015)

Teaching awards and accolades

  • Fellow of The Higher Education Academy

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Sheffield Hallam)

  • MA (Leeds)

  • PhD (Leicester)

External roles

Principal reviewer of modern and contemporary poetry for English Studies (Routledge)

Reviewed for The Edward Thomas Fellowship and The Review of English Studies

Professional highlights

Invited to deliver the Plenary Lecture at the 2018 R S Thomas and M E Eldridge Festival of Poetry and Art