Ted Hughes wrote a series of stories for children from the early 1960s through until 1995 about how the world, and the creatures in it, came into being. Meet the Polar Bear whose obsession with her snowy white fur is so great that she can only live in a landscape surrounded by her own reflection;
Grown Boy came into his own voice and let loose his word-horde pent-up within him.
From growing up as an orphan in 1920s New York, to serving in the Navy at the D-Day landings in Normandy, to a vagabond life drinking in Parisian cafes, to befriending America's greatest counter-cultural writers, Little Boy has seen it all.
In 1966 a coal slag heap collapsed on a school in south Wales, killing 144 people, most of them children. Perhaps most significantly: what is Aberfan like today?
The Green Hollow is a historical story with a deeply urgent contemporary resonance;
Impertinent owls, an immersive theatre troupe, ancient men from the Great War and idiot balloonists - such characters dramatise our human fancies and foibles, joining the protagonist in scenarios both humorously bizarre and all-too-familiar.
Over the course of several years, Simon Armitage has written hundreds of poems for various projects, commissions, collaborations and events, which stand outside of his mainstream collections but now form a substantial body of work in their own right.
It was the way in which a private voice was heard to speak for the concerns of an entire generation, in the midst of war and doubt, that confirmed it as an enduring masterpiece.
This striking new edition marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of publication.
This is a world of transformative pains, triumphs, losses and celebrations and joins us all in our universal experiences of health and sickness, birth and death, regardless of race, gender or wealth.
Informed by over seventy hours of interviews, the work is punctuated with the historical narrative of the birth of the NHS Act.
High on Olympus, Zeus and the assembled deities look down on the world of men, to the city of Troy where a bitter and bloody war has dragged into its tenth year, and a quarrel rages between a legendary warrior and his commander. Greek ships decay, men languish, exhausted, and behind the walls of Troy a desperate people await the next turn of fate.
Satan is out for revenge. His rebellion has failed, he has been cast out from heaven and is doomed to spend eternity in hell. Somehow he must find a way to prove his power and wound his enemies. He fixes upon God's beloved new creations, Adam and Eve, as the vehicles of his vengeance.
YOUR COMPLETE GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING AND WRITING POETRY.Write Poetry - and Get it Published is a new edition of a long-standing and popular guide which offers you plenty of advice and ideas for inspiration as well as practical support for all aspects of the poetry writing and publication process.
The final work of Nobel Prize-winning writer Gunter Grass - a witty and elegiac series of meditations on writing, growing old, and the world. In a striking interplay of poetry, lyric prose and drawings, Grass creates his final, major work of art.
Written between 1942 and 1947, when Hamish Henderson was serving in the North African desert during the Second World War, this title contains elegies that pay tribute to the men who fought with and against him, their lives portrayed with great sympathy and compassion, while the desert itself becomes the unforgiving enemy.
The poems collected in this volume are expressions of a spirit of self-indulgence, eroticism and moral rebelliousness that emerged in the late Victorian age. They deal with eternal themes of transition, artifice and the ravages of time. It presents the works of writers as Oscar Wilde, Arthur Symons, Rosamund Marriott Watson, and W B Yeats.
John Donne's poetry is marked by a scientific colloquial directness and a complex, even tortured, intelligence. It falls into two classes. There is the early ironic and erotic poetry that contains some of the finest English love poetry and also his later, religious poetry.
This poetry anthology contains poems in different settings and languages which find in their history and in the present, meanings which are political and civic. Love is never far away. Quinn's work is European in orientation and Dublin, Prague and Berlin are some examples of the poems' locations.
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.
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.