Combining detailed explorations of both mainstream and experimental poets with a clear historical and literary overview, Reading Postwar British and Irish Poetry offers readers at all levels an ideal guide to the rich body of poetic works published in Britain and Ireland over the last half-century. Features detailed discussions of individual poems that are widely available in anthologies and selected poems volumes Pays explicit attention to how to read the poems, focusing on language and form and the institutional conditions of literary possibility in which poets worked Includes poets of all types and styles from throughout the post-war period, including canonical and mainstream poets alongside experimental poets, women, and poets of color
The poems of the legendary Nobel Laureate, in one volume at last. One of the greatest and grandest advocates of the literary vocation, Joseph Brodsky truly lived his life as a poet, and for it earned eighteen months in an Arctic labor camp, expulsion from his native country, and the Nobel Prize in Literature. Such were one man's wages. Here, collected for the first time, are all the poems he published in English, from his earliest collaborations with Derek Walcott, Richard Wilbur, Howard Moss, and Anthony Hecht to the moving farewell poems he wrote near the end of his life. With nearly two hundred poems, several of them never before published in book form, this will be the essential volume of Brodsky's work.
Tatiana Voltskaia is one of Russia's leading poets, and a distinguished journalist and essayist. She belongs to the generation who first wrote poetry in the last decade of the USSR, reacting to the profound and disturbing changes of that time to emerge as poets of the new Russia. At the center of her poetry there is a woman trying to escape from her condition of isolation, seeking communication through dialogue, reflections, shadows, echoes, letters, and sex. Many of her poems are set in her native city of St. Petersburg.
Building on the strength of Keith Walker’s acclaimed The Poems of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester (1984), leading scholar Nicholas Fisher presents a thoroughly revised and updated edition of the work of one the greatest Restoration wits. Includes the text of Lucina’s Rape, Rochester’s adaptation of Fletcher’s revenge tragedy Valentinian, in a text that readily identifies Rochester’s revisions Presents the poems in versions that were current during Rochester’s lifetime, allowing the reader to experience the poems as Rochester’s contemporaries did Incorporates insights and discoveries made over the last twenty-five years and texts of manuscripts that previously were unavailable for study
I want you to meet a girl who gave me a whole universe of feelings and boundless emotions. Whose voice endlessly inspires and fills the soul with great warmth and tenderness. Who heals the mind magic words, helps to understand themselves and the world, and who is not a sin to imitate and day after day to follow in her footsteps…
Although Tennyson ha personify the Victorian Age, he was and his poems endure to speak ck one. His mastery of a great variety moods enables him to communicate as "calm despair and wild unrest"; rapturous love: "the soul of the rose went into my blood".