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.
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.
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".
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.
"Americana" brings together 58 poems, split into four sections: America, its cities and aeroplanes; the poet's life, his childhood, birthdays and ailments; foreign travel, to Europe and the tropics; and daily life, its furniture and consolations.
Running from the sixth century to the end of the 20th, this collection presents the currents of Scottish poetry in a clear yet nuanced way. Burns, Stevenson and McDiarmid form part of the book's core design, while 20th century poets include Douglas Dunn, Liz Lochead and Don Paterson.
A biography of a remarkable writer, a hero of the 1930s, a panoramic portrait of a troubled century. Seven years after Spender's death, John Sutherland offers the first authorized life of this brilliant, but famously enigmatic, man.
This novel, in verse, looks at two families (one English, one Russian), which acts as a kind of history of the 20th century. One family are the Pasternaks, a family of writers, printers and musicians; the other are the Raines, professional boxers, psychotherapists, eccentrically English.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.