Poetry Notebook: Reflections on the Intensity of Language

Poetry Notebook: Reflections on the Intensity of Language

Clive James

"Clive James is kind of the one residing poet who manages to be either wonderful and moving." ―Edward Mendelson, Columbia University

Clive James is one in every of our best critics and best-beloved cultural voices. he's additionally a prize-winning poet. on account that he used to be first enthralled by means of the mysterious strength of poetry, he has been a devoted pupil. actually, for him, poetry has been not anything under the profession of his lifetime, and during this e-book he offers a distillation of all he’s discovered in regards to the paintings shape that concerns to him most.

With his normal wit, delightfully lucid prose variety and wide-ranging wisdom, Clive James explains the variation among the risk free stuff so familiar this day and a true poem: the latter being a piece of harmony that insists on being heard whole and threatens by no means to depart the reminiscence. A devoted formalist and an astute commentator, James examines the poems and legacies of a landscape of twentieth-century poets, from Hart Crane to Ezra Pound, from Ted Hughes to Anne Sexton. from time to time he contains moment readings or rereadings from later in life―just to make sure he wasn’t mistaken the 1st time! no matter if not easy that poetry needs to be heard past the realm of poetry or opining on his 5 favourite poets (Yeats, Frost, Auden, Wilbur, and Larkin), James captures the entire fact of life's transience during this unforgettably eloquent ebook on the right way to learn and have fun with glossy poetry.

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