By (author) Michael Longley
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Collected Poems by Michael Longley
Book DescriptionMichael Longley has been called 'one of the finest lyric poets of our time'. In assembling the work of forty years, his Collected Poems displays a brilliantly sustained achievement whose depth, beauty and wit can now be fully appreciated. Longley's poetry combines intense concentration with remarkable variety. The formal and thematic range laid down in No Continuing City (1969) has undergone a series of rich metamorphoses up to Snow Water (2004), and the two poems included here as an epilogue. Longley's genres span love poetry, war poetry, nature poetry, elegies, satires, verse epistles, poems that reflect on art and the art of poetry. He has extended the capacity of the lyric to absorb dark matter: the Great War, the Holocaust, the Northern Irish 'Troubles'. His poetic landscape intermingles Belfast (where he lives), western Ireland, Italy, Japan and Homeric Greece. Longley's superb translations from classical poets (such as 'Ceasefire', which greets the IRA ceasefire in terms of the Iliad) speak to contemporary issues while activating the deepest sources of European poetry.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780224080446
(216mm x 136mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 4-Oct-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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In this volume, the distinguished Irish poet Michael Longley - whose poetry has transcended political and cultural boundaries throughout his career - reflects on what has influenced his craft. Longley opens with an 'autobiography in poetry' where he recounts the poets and poems that have influenced him as both a reader and writer of poetry.
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Author Biography - Michael Longley
Michael Longley was born in Belfast in 1939, and educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and Trinity College, Dublin, where he read Classics. His books include Gorse Fires, which won the 1991 Whitbread Prize for Poetry, The Weather in Japan (2000), which won the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Hawthornden Prize and the Irish Times Poetry Prize, and his Collected Poems, which was published in 2006. He was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2001, and a CBE in 2010, and recently held the post of Irish Professor of Poetry. He and his wife, the critic Edna Longley, live and work in Belfast.
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