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Poetry Notebook: 2006-2014 [9781447269120]

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Clive James is one of our finest critics and best-loved cultural voices. He is also a prize-winning poet. Since he was first enthralled by the mysterious power of poetry, he has been a dedicated student. In fact, for him, poetry has been nothing less than the occupation of a lifetime, and in this book he presents a distillation of all he's learned about the art form that matters to him most. With his customary wit, delightfully lucid prose style and wide-ranging knowledge, James explains the difference between the innocuous stuff that often passes for poetry today and a real poem: the latter being a work of unity that insists on being heard entire and threatens never to leave the memory. A committed formalist and an astute commentator, he offers close and careful readings of individual poems and poets (from Shakespeare to Larkin, Keats to Pound), and in some case second readings or re-readings late in life - just to be sure he wasn't wrong the first time! Whether discussing technical details of metaphorical creativity or simply praising his five favourite collections of all time, he is never less than captivating.
AUTHOR: Clive James is the author of more than forty books. As well as verse and novels, he has published collections of essays, literary criticism, television criticism and travel writing, plus five volumes of autobiography. In 1992 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia, and in 2003 he was awarded the Philip Hodgins memorial medal for literature. His work includes Cultural Amnesia, Sentenced to Life and his own translation of Dante's The Divine Comedy.
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Clive James
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Picador
Publication:
22-Sep-2016
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Pages:
256
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174 Grams
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    Posted by Anne Langan on 26th Feb 2018

    When I saw this book on the list - I thought - ‘Oh,I
    Ike Clive James’ poetry. will be good to read some more’. At that price one can afford to go wild!!! I was so surprised when I opened it and saw that it will introduce me to countless other poets I don’t know at all and some that I do and will gain an insight into their work.Looking forward to ‘dipping’ into it. So far every page I have alighted on has been a revelation and reminded me there isn’t time enough to read all I would like to.

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