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.
Describes a circular journey in a sequence of 25 poems. In this title, twelve poems chart the outward journey, the thirteenth is pivotal, and twelve poems bring the traveler back. It is an adventure of discovery and disillusionment, during which the figure of death, as companion, mentor and guide, appears along the way, and in various guises.
Features letters that are addressed, with just two exceptions, to Sylvia Plath, the American poet to whom the author was married. This book became an instant bestseller on its publication in 1998 and won the Forward Prize for Poetry in the same year.
This epoch-marking anthology presents a map of poetry from Britain and Ireland which readers can follow. Edna Longley shows the key poets of the century, and through interlinking commentary points out the connections between them. Poets include Yeats, Hardy, Graves, Eliot, W H Auden, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Philip Larkin, Seamus Heaney and others
Leonard Cohen made his name as a poet before he came to worldwide attention as a singer and songwriter. This collection of his poetry was written in Montreal, Mumbai and during his retirement in Mt Baldy.
Losing none of the exuberance which has become a hallmark of Simon Armitage's poetry, these poems are more personal. The book is divided into three sections - the "Book of Matches" which are sonnets, "Becoming of Age" and "Reading the Bans", a series of poems about Armitage's marriage.
Edward Lear, the 20th child of a London stockbroker, entered the household of Lord Stanley as little more than a servant, but his sense of humour soon made him welcome above stairs and he began to amuse the children with comic drawings and rhymes. This book was first published in 1846.
more recent luminaries include Brecht, Cavafy, Gabriela Mistral, Dylan Thomas, Iku Takenaka, Pablo Neruda, Wislawa Szymborska, Anne Stevenson, Maya Angelou, Derek Walcott, John Burnside and Ian McMillan.
Written during the three years Matt Broomfield spent living and working in the autonomous, Kurdish-led region of Syria known as Rojava, these poems paint a unique picture of the revolution there, from Broomfield's own place in the revolution as an 'internationalist' volunteer, to the future of the region in the face of war.
Basil Bunting is one of the most important British poets of the 20th century. This title includes a CD with an audio recording Bunting made of "Briggflatts" in 1967 and a DVD of Peter Bell's 1982 film portrait of Bunting.
This collection, which contains all his most memorable works and a selection of his letters, is a feast for the senses, displaying Keats' gift for gorgeous imagery and sensuous language, his passionate devotion to beauty, as well as some of the most moving love poetry ever written.
Explores the impact of the first wave of mass migration to our shores, the Arab Spring, the allure of extremism along with a series of personal poems about the pressures of growing up in a traditional community. This book asks profound questions of our ethics and responsibilities at a time of great challenge to our sense of national identity.
A dual-authored volume of poems from the multi-award winning Dickman twins, which they wrote when their older sibling tragically took his own life. It features moving, grieving but life-affirming poems.
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.