Strength of Poetry by James Fenton
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Strength of Poetry
By James Fenton

The Strength of Poetry

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Strength of Poetry by James Fenton

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Sharp-eyed critiques and appreciations of the essential poets of our time. James Fenton is unique among contemporary writers in having achieved equal distinction as a poet and -- in his reportage and criticism -- as a master of trenchant prose. What is more, he has shown himself a devoted critic of both American and British modern poetry, an explainer of each tradition to the other and to itself. In these lectures, delivered at Oxford (where he succeeded Seamus Heaney as Professor of Poetry from 1994 to 1999), Fenton moves easily from Philip Larkin's laments for the British Empire, to Heaney's uneasy rebellion against it, to Robert Frost's celebrations of American conquest; from W. H. Auden on Shakespeare's homoeroticism to the vexed "feminism" of Elizabeth Bishop; from Wilfred Owen's juvenilia to Marianne Moore's youthful agitation for women's suffrage.In these lectures -- many of which appeared in "The New York Review of Books" -- Fenton makes sense of the last century in poetry, and explores its antecedents and its legacies, with the lucidity, wit, and gusto that have made his criticism famous.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780374528485
ISBN-10: 0374528489
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Pages: 272
Imprint: Pan Macmillan
Publisher: Pan Macmillan South Africa
Country of Publication: South Africa

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge by James Fenton Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Hardback (May 2016)

Features a contemporary poet who selects and introduces a poet of the past. By their choice of poems and by the personal and critical reactions they express in their prefaces, the authors offer insights into their own work as well as providing an accessible and passionate introduction to the most important poets in our literature.

Don Quixote by James Fenton Don Quixote, Paperback (March 2016)

After a lifetime of reading books on chivalry, Don Quixote decides to embark on a quest of his own. Taking up a lance and sword, he sets out to become a wandering knight, defending the helpless and vanquishing the wicked. Hopelessly unprepared and increasingly losing his grip on reality, he travels across Spain accompanied by his squire.

Rings by James Fenton Rings, Paperback (September 2013)

Devotes itself exclusively to rings, considering them thematically rather than chronologically. This title considers rings in all their forms and makes us delight in them as works of art, and makes their context come alive through paintings, drawings and vivid quotations.

Yellow Tulips by James Fenton Yellow Tulips, Paperback (April 2013)

Winner of both the Queen's Gold Medal and the Whitbread Prize for Poetry, the author has given readers some of the most memorable lyric verse over the years, from the formal skill that marked his debut, Terminal Moraine, to political monologues of The Memory of War and Children in Exile, through to the love poems of Out of Danger.

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Author Biography - James Fenton

The celebrated British poet and literary critic James Fenton has been a foreign correspondent and a theater critic and has written about the history of gardens.

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