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W.B. Yeats's Selected Poems is edited with an introduction and notes by Timothy Webb in Penguin Modern Classics. Few have lived their ideas so passionately and nobly as W.B. Yeats in his love affairs, politics and poetry. From his youth in the 1880s, a fertile…

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Robert Browning, a towering poetic presence of the Victorian era, was hailed by Henry James as a tremendous and incomparable modern. The sheer immediacy and colloquial energy of his poetry ensure enduring appeal. Browning paints landscapes both suburban and…

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This volume is a much-needed new selection of Seamus Heaney's work, taking account of recent volumes and of the author's work as a translator, and offering a more generous choice from previous volumes. Opened Ground: Poems 1966-1996 comes as close to being a…

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Order and Disorder, the first epic poem by an Englishwoman, has never before been available in its entirety. The first five cantos were printed anonymously in 1679, but fifteen further cantos remained in manuscript, probably because they were so politically…

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Helen Vendler, widely regarded as our most accomplished interpreter of poetry, here serves as an incomparable guide to some of the best-loved poems in the English language. In detailed commentaries on Shakespeare's 154 sonnets, Vendler reveals previously…

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The poems in Sylvia Plath's Ariel , including many of her best-known such as 'Lady Lazarus', 'Daddy', 'Edge' and 'Paralytic', were all written between the publication in 1960 of Plath's first book, The Colossus , and her death in 1963. 'If the poems…

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Included in Prufrock and Other Observations are the following poems: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock Portrait of a Lady Preludes Rhapsody on a Windy Night Morning at the Window The Boston Evening Transcript Aunt Helen Cousin Nancy Mr. Apollinax Hysteria…

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Thomas Hardy abandoned the novel form at the turn of the century, probably after public reaction to  Jude the Obscure , but continued to write verse displaying a wide variety of metrical styles and stanza forms and a broad scope of tone and attitude. This…

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Republican, pagan, a sensualist alive to pleasure and to pain, Swinburne flouted the rules of Victorian decorum and morality in his life and work He created a unique means of expression through what Tennyson called his 'wonderful rhythmic invention', and yet…

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Shepherd (English, U. of Wales-Cardiff) considers the possibilities of both the positive and negative ways of imaging God and the problematics of religious poetry as a genre in an exploration of language and image. Each chapter focuses on a significant image,…

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This work explores an aspect of Yeats's writing largely ignored until now: namely, his wide-ranging absorption with Coleridge. Matthew Gibson explores the consistent and densely woven allusions to Coleridge in Yeats's prose and poetry, often in conjunction with…

Lost Land Poems

by Eavan Boland

|November 23, 1999

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In The Lost Land, Eavan Boland "is intensely engaged with the ancient bardic lineage of her homeland, giving her poems an ineluctable moral gravity. . . . Her poems offer a curative gift of merciful vision to a country blinded by its own blood and pain, as her…