Lawrence Durrell's success as a novelist may have tended to obscure his achievement as a poet and in poetry. It is primarily as a lyrical poet of places that he was acknowledged to excel, but in Collected Poems it will be found that the range of feeling and ideas, of wit and experience, and also of style, is remarkable. The whole volume is charged with Durrell's response to the 'spirit of place', which is one of this exceptional gifts as a writer. 'They range from affecting and beautiful love poems to skilful, succinct portraits and robust ballads . . . Rich in ideas.' -- Alan Ross 'As a lyrical poet . . . he is the equal of Auden.' -- Gavin Ewart 'Durrell's poetry compels the highest standard of judgement . . . The effect of reading him is to have one's love of poetry rekindled . . . Genuine life, genuine emotion, genuine art.' -- John Wain1 A philosopher in Search of human values 1 A reptile of ancient stars winking, 1 A song in the valley of Nemea: 1 A thirst for ... from you, I say: 1 a#39;After a lifetime of writing acrostics 1 After twenty years another meeting, 1 Ah! French poet, confrere, who ... you 1 All summer watch the children in the public garden, 1 All the religions of the dust can tella 1 America America 1, ... 1 AS husband is laid down beside the lute, 1 Ash-heap of four cultures, 1 At Corinth one has forgiven 1 At four theanbsp;...
|Title||:||Collected Poems 1931-74|
|Publisher||:||Faber & Faber - 2012-09-20|