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Selected Poems
By Michael Longley

Selected Poems

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Selected Poems by Michael Longley

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Celebrated for his lyrical intensity, his metaphysical wit, his thematic and formal range, Michael Longley is widely regarded as one of the finest poets in these islands. His life in Northern Ireland has contributed to the complexity of a poetic universe in which love, friendship and aesthetics contend with war, death and violance. There are no hard boundaries between Longley's love poetry, his nature poetry, his war poetry and his elegies. Longley looks to the poets of Greece and Rome, particularly Homer and Ovid, and to the poets of the two world wars. His great ability, perhaps, has been to distil the large and difficult themes into highly concentrated forms. This is Michael Longley's own selection from thirty years of writing; it reveals the strength and coherence of an extraordinary body of work.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780224050357
ISBN-10: 0224050354
Format: Paperback
(200mm x 134mm x 10mm)
Pages: 144
Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 15-Oct-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Michael Longley

One Wide Expanse by Michael Longley One Wide Expanse, Hardback (June 2015)

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.

Goat's Milk: New and Selected Poems by Michael Longley Goat's Milk: New and Selected Poems, Paperback / softback (May 2015)

"Introduction by Michael Longley"--t.p. verso.

Stairwell by Michael Longley Stairwell, Paperback (August 2014)

The author is well-known for his Homeric versions, and the Iliad is a presiding presence - both in poems about the Great War and in the range of imagery that gives his twin's death a mythic dimension. In this book, the poems encompass birth as well as death, childhood and age, nature and art, the animal and human worlds, tenderness and violence.

Hundred Doors by Michael Longley Hundred Doors, Paperback (March 2011)

Includes short line complements of author's variations on pentameter and hexameter. This title features a collection that intensifies in the shadow of mortality.

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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. He has published ten collections of poetry including Gorse Fires (1991) which won the Whitbread Poetry Award, and The Weather in Japan (2000) which won the Hawthornden Prize, the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Irish Times Poetry Prize. His Collected Poems was published in 2006. In 2001 he received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, and in 2003 the Wilfred Owen Award. He was awarded a CBE in 2010. He was Ireland Professor of Poetry, 2007-2010. He and his wife, the critic Edna Longley, live and work in Belfast.

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