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.
A collection of poems whose topics range from the nightmare paintings of Bosch and Breughel to the findings of modern science, on which subject Holub is a specialist in the field of immunology. He also wrote "`The Dimension of the Present Moment' and Other Essays" and "Vanishing Lung Syndrome".
A poetry collection which encompasses subjects as diverse as World War I and the author's trip up the Amazon, as well as love poems and tributes to other poets, notably Edward Thomas, Robert Frost and Joseph Brodsky.
For the second half of his long life, Christopher Logue (1926-2011) was at work on a very different project: a rewriting of Homer's Iliad. As each instalment, from Kings to Cold Calls, was published, it became clear that this was to be Logue's masterpiece. This title collects his notebook drafts for the final volume, Big Men Falling a Long Way.
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.
Dora Wordsworth and Sara Coleridge, were life-long friends. They were also the daughters of best friends: William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the two poetic geniuses who shaped the Romantic Age. Living in the shadow of their fathers' extraordinary fame brought Sara and Dora great privilege, but at a terrible cost.
When Seamus Heaney prepared Opened Ground it came as close to being a 'Collected Poems' as the author cared to make it. This edition draws from four decades of Seamus Heaney's verse, together with examples of his work as a translator, from his debut, Death of a Naturalist, to The Spirit Level, winner of the Whitbread Book of the Year.
Winner of the 2014 T S Eliot Prize for Poetry, this title features single poems, dramatic sequences, and poems that 'belong to one another', which share a dark territory and a sometimes haunting, sometimes steely, lyrical tone.
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.
Contains the Old English texts of almost all the major short poems, such as "The Battle of Maldon", "The Dream of the Rood", "The Wanderer" and "The Seafarer". These poems are the wellspring of the English poetic tradition, and this anthology provides a window into the mind and culture of the Anglo-Saxons.
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.
Presents a collection of poems that connects the shores of the author's native Northern Ireland with those of the American east coast where he spends increasing time. This title covers subjects such as: weapons of mass destruction, sectarian violence, religious faith, Jonah and the Whale, marriage, fatherhood, a daughter.
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.
Part of the "Everyman" series which includes an introduction, chronology of the authors' lives and times and summary of theme and style. The books also contain an annotated bibliography, selected notes and criticism. This presents poems by women of letters and working-class women.