A Guardian / Daily Telegraph Book of the YearWinner of the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection An extraordinary debut from a young Vietnamese American, Night Sky with Exit Wounds is a book of poetry unlike any other.
The wealth of sense-impressions in Katherine Pierpoint's poems, the panache with which she musters them and the music thereby generated would be noteworthy in any volume, but they are all the more so in this first collection.
Suitable for all students of Greek theatre and literature, this book examines the dramatic elements of plot, character, language and spectacle that combine to produce pity and fear in the audience, and asks why we derive pleasure from this apparently painful process.
Deploying illustrations from manuscripts in Wordsworth's hand in The British Library, and at the Wordsworth Trust at Dove Cottage in Grasmere, and in other collections, Stephen Hebron discusses the life of a writer whose works had a tremendous influence on his contemporaries and later poets alike.
Illustrated throughout with contemporary images, this biography follows Coleridge - poet, critic, philosopher, political commentator and psychologist - from childhood in Devon and schooldays in London, to his days in the Lake District and Malta, and through to his final years in Highgate.
Michael Payne's anthology gives extensive representation to the great classics of the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods, as traditionally defined. At the same time, responding fully to new historical revision, he includes a very broad range of marginalized work, notably by women.
The author's poetry ranges in manner from sombre reflections on the loneliness and bestiality of human experience to the exuberance shown in his persuasive fantasy of Guinness's Brewery considered as the Garden of Eden.
Susan Wicks's "Driving My Father" was a prose memoir/meditation in which she described her complicated feelings for her parents and their own poignant relationship. Many of the themes and incidents covered in that book are presented again here, but this time as a collection of poetry.
This study explores the personal and professional lives of Richard Aldington and H.D. through their intimate correspondence between 1918 and 1961, including extensive biographical commentary of one of the 20th century's most fascinating literary couples and pioneers of modernist literature.
Despite his popularity, Heaney's poetry can be difficult and intractable, not least because it is linked to two rich literary traditions, the English and the Irish. This explicatory work relates the poet to his work.
Writers like to elude their public, lead them a bit of a dance. In this personal anthology, the author has chosen over seventy poems by six well-loved poets, discussing the writers and their verse in his customary conversational style through anecdote, shrewd appraisal and spare but telling biographical detail.
Through a programme of mentorship, bursary and pamphlet publication, the scheme offers four poets a year the time, guidance and encouragement they require to help in the development of their work in the longer term. This book aims to identify and support emerging talents at an early stage in their careers.
This revised and enlarged edition reissued to celebrate Stephen Spender's 80th birthday, in which he has made considerable changes to the original edition of 1955, includes recent and unpublished poems, while others have been discarded or rewritten.
This book is Craig Raine's version of Racine's "Andromaque". The inverted commas around the title indicate that Raine's play is not set in an historical 1953, but in a parallel universe where history has been as radically re-written as Racine's text. The author's poetry books include "Rich".
These poems range in material from intimate narratives to social commentary. Boyle takes self-deception, mixed motives and honest misunderstandings as the norms of human behaviour, and delights in the comedy of errors that results.
Published on National Poetry Day, this title collects together the best contemporary poetry of the year, chosen from all the submissions considered for this year's Forward Prizes for Poetry. It includes poems by the most respected poets of their generation.
Penned with a dexterous wit and a steady nerve, The Noise of a Fly is a mesmeric imagining of our later years by one of this country's most senior and celebrated writers.
'It is hard to think of many poets who can equal his combination of imaginative ambition, formal resource and range of tone .
Part of the "Everyman" series which has been re-set with wide margins for notes and easy-to-read type. Each title includes a themed introduction by leading authorities on the subject, life-and-times chronology of the author, text summaries, annotated reading lists and selected criticism and notes.
Presenting a sketch of its author's troubled life and opinions as the context for a series of virtuoso reflections on contemporary poetry and criticism, the "Biographis" embodies the Romantic quest for the unifying Imagination. This study edition contains both the text and a commentary upon it.
Building on the strengths of two previous editions, this revised and enlarged Third Edition continues to offer more of Spenser's poetry than any other comparable volume. All selections are based on early and established texts, fully glossed and precisely annotated, with an Editor's Note following each section.
In this series of "left handed" poems, the award winning Canadian poet Michael Ondaatje presents the life and crimes of Billy the Kid. The legend and the reality of this outlaw are mixed together into a kaleidoscope of poetry, prose, songs, photographs and eye witness accounts from the period.
The Forward Book of Poetry 2018 showcases a selection of the best contemporary poetry published in the British Isles over the last year, including the winners of 2017's prestigious Forward Prizes for Poetry.