Theme and Variation

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Anne Wilkinson
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The text is set in Junius, an old-style serif typeface developed by Peter S. Baker of the University of Virginia for use, primarily, by mediaevalists. The design is based on a 17th-century typeface used at the Oxford University Press to print George Hickes’ Thesaurus (1705). Junius characterizes an intermediate stage between earlier 16th-century typefaces (Garamond) and later 18th-century typefaces (Caslon).

‘Theme and Variation’ first appeared in Counterpoint to Sleep (First Statement, 1951) and was reprinted in The Essential Anne Wilkinson, edited by Ingrid Ruthig (Porcupine's Quill, 2014).

The broadside was released to coincide with National Poetry Month, April, 2016.


This broadside is presented as a high-resolution, print-quality PDF (at 600 dpi). It was created with the notion that it could be downloaded by interested parties and printed locally, in colour, on high-end digital printers. It might be framed individually and hung on a wall or (hopefully) printed in small runs for distribution as class sets, to facilitate not only the close reading of a specific poet's text but also a related discussion that might lead to an appreciation of the presentation of that text on paper.

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