Dr Sam Perry

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Humanities


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

Undergraduate - Visionaries and Rebels: Romantic Poets from Blake to Tennyson - British and American Modernism - The Child in British and American Literature - Dissertation Postgraduate - ​Literature and the City

Recent outputs

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Chameleon poet: R.S. Thomas and the literary tradition

Perry, S. (2013). Chameleon poet: R.S. Thomas and the literary tradition. Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof%3Aoso/9780199687336.001.0001

Book Chapter

'The Small Box': Ted Hughes and the figure of the child

Perry, S. J. (2018). ‘The Small Box’: Ted Hughes and the figure of the child. In K. McLoughlin (Ed.), British Literature in Transition, 1960–1980: Flower Power (352-367). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316424179.028

Hughes and Surrealism

Perry, S. (2018). Hughes and Surrealism. In T. Gifford (Ed.), Ted Hughes in Context (103-112). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108554381.013

Journal Article

The innocence of R.S. Thomas

Perry, S. (2019). The innocence of R.S. Thomas. Essays in Criticism, 69(3), 325-348. https://doi.org/10.1093/escrit/cgz017

Keep innocency: Edward Thomas and fatherhood

Perry, S. (2018). Keep innocency: Edward Thomas and fatherhood. The Cambridge Quarterly, 47(4), 301–324. https://doi.org/10.1093/camqtly/bfy026

Postgraduate supervision

Dr Perry would welcome PhD applications in any of his principal areas of research. Completed PhDs - James Underwood, Philip Larkin (2015)