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Unbearable lightness: some modern instances in Auden, Stevens and Eliot

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Unbearable lightness : some modern instances in Auden, Stevens and Eliot. / Sharpe, Tony.

In: Romanticism, Vol. 22, No. 3, 10.2016, p. 312-321.

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Sharpe, Tony. / Unbearable lightness : some modern instances in Auden, Stevens and Eliot. In: Romanticism. 2016 ; Vol. 22, No. 3. pp. 312-321.

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