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The last ten years has unequivocally demonstrated that Clive James is far more than a mere talking head. Once known as one of the English-speaking world s most popular television personalities, James has gone on to be a celebrated essa... read more

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Author: Eileen Chong
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Believing, as Ezra Pound did, that real emotion is all that endures, Robert Gray has avoided 'magic realism', whismy, irony and mannered tone in his poetry. Instead, his style is classically direct, clear and concrete, demonstrating an ... read more

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Author: Simon Armitage
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 Poetry

Awards:Shortlisted for T S Eliot Prize 2010.

A collection of poems that is by turns a voice and a chorus: a hyper-vivid array of dramatic monologues, allegories, parables and tall tales. It creates world after world, peculiar yet always particular, where the only certainty is the unexpected.

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W is for Whitman. When Walt Whitman self-published his Leaves of Grass in July 1855, he altered the course of literary history. One of the greatest masterpieces of American literature, it redefined the rules of p... read more

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In this luminous collection of poems, Pulitzer Prize-winner Alice Walker casts her eye on history, politics and nature, as well as world figures. In tributes to such people as Jimmy Carter, Glori... read more

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In 1855 Walt Whitman published Leaves of Grass, the work which defined him as one of America's most influential voices, and which he added to throughout his life. A collection of astonishing originality and intensity, it... read more

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In this series, a contemporary poet selects and introduces a poet of the past. By their choice of poems and by the personal and critical reactions they express in their prefaces, the editors offer insights into their own work as well a... read more

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Author: Wilfred Owen
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 Poetry

Series:Poet to Poet: An Essential Choice of Classic Verse

In this series, a contemporary poet selects and introduces a poet of the past. By their choice of poems and by the personal and critical reactions they express in their prefaces, the editors offer insig... read more

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Author: Les Murray
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 Poetry

Awards:Shortlisted for Age Book of the Year: Poetry 2006.

The collection exhibits both Murray's unfailing grace as a writer and his ability to write in any voice, style and genre. The suite of works include, story poems, word-plays, history to myth-making and more. The subjects range from Asperger's Syndrome to Germaine Greer to Japanese sword blades.

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"Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone..." When Matthew spoke these lines in the hit film 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' every reviewer was moved. Poems selected to fit the person and the event are always special. A poem ch... read more

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The culminating achievement of Eliot's poetic career. The four parts: "Burnt Norton","East Coker", "The Dry Salvages" and "Little Gidding" present a rigorous meditation upon those spiritual, philosophical and personal themes that preoccupied the author.

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"Among the most innovative of twentieth-century poets," according to Jenny Penberthy in the Dictionary of Literary Biography, E. E. Cummings experimented with poetic form and language to create a distinct personal style. A Cumming... read more

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Robert Browning was one of the greatest of English poets, whose intense and original imagination enabled him to transform any subject he chose - whether everyday or sublime - into startling memorable verse. In his work he ... read more

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The publication of "Leaves of Grass" in July 1855 was a landmark event in literary history. Ralph Waldo Emerson judged the book "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom America has yet contributed." Nothing like the volume had ev... read more

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Leonard Cohen's first book of new poetry since "Book of Mercy" was published two decades ago. It collects Cohen's poetry written between the 1980s and the present, and also includes his wonderfully witty and sensuous illustrations, inclu... read more

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C P Cavafy is one of the most singular and poignant voices of twentieth-century European poetry, conjuring a magical interior world through lyrical evocations of remembered passions, imagined monologues and dramatic retellings of his native Alexandria's ancient past. This title includes selected poems of Cavafy.

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This new selection of Rossetti's poems brings together works by one of the most significant nineteenth-century English poets. It includes an illuminating introduction, a chronology of Rossetti's life and works, and explanatory notes. First published 2008.

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Taking its inspiration from Shakespeare's idea of the "seven ages" of a human life, this new anthology brings together the best-loved poems in English to inspire, comfort and delight readers for a lifetime. Beginning with babies, ... read more

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