Six Poets: Hardy To Larkin by BennettSix Poets: Hardy To Larkin by Bennett

Six Poets: Hardy To Larkin

byBennett

Paperback | November 10, 2015

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Writers like to elude their public, lead them a bit of a dance. They take them down untrodden paths, land them in unknown country where they have to ask for directions.

In this personal anthology, Alan Bennett has chosen over seventy poems by six well-loved poets, discussing the writers and their verse in his customary conversational style through anecdote, shrewd appraisal and spare but telling biographical detail. Ranging from hidden treasures to famous poems, this is a collection for the beginner and the expert alike. Speaking with candour about his own reactions to the work, Alan Bennett creates profound and witty portraits of Thomas Hardy, A. E. Housman, John Betjeman, W. H. Auden, Louis MacNeice and Philip Larkin, all the more enjoyable for being in his own particular voice.

Anybody writing poetry in the thirties had somehow to come to terms with Auden. Auden, you see, had got a head start on the other poets. He'd got into the thirties first, like someone taking over the digs.

Alan Bennett has been one of our leading dramatists since the success of Beyond the Fringe in the 1960s. His television series Talking Heads has become a modern-day classic, as have many of his works for the stage including Forty Years On, The Lady in the Van (together with the screenplay), A Question of Attribution, The Madness of Geo...
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Title:Six Poets: Hardy To LarkinFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7.8 × 5.1 × 0.6 inPublished:November 10, 2015Publisher:Faber & Faber AgencyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0571321100

ISBN - 13:9780571321100

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