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Short poems can have marvellous clarity, humour, and depth. They can range from subjects as diverse as a child's first wods, a woman's feet, or the destiny of man. P. J. Kavanagh and James Michie have chosen those short poems (of less than fourteen lines) which they consider to be the best in the English language, from medieval times to the present day. Their selection extends from Chaucer to Philip Larkin, from Shakespeare to Emily Bronte, from Blake to Edith Sitwell, and from Yeats to Emily Dickinson, demonstrating the gradual changes in style, subject-matter, and tone from one generation of poets to the next.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780192804105
ISBN-10: 0192804103
Format: Paperback
(196mm x 129mm x 22mm)
Pages: 348
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 24-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - P. J. Kavanagh

P. J. Kavanagh edited the Collected Poems of Ivor Gurney (OUP 1982). Other publications include Finding Connections (Flamingo 1991), The Perfect Stranger (Carcanet 1995), and Voices in Ireland: A Traveller's Literary Companion (1994) James Michie is a poet and translator. Publications include his own Collected Poems (Sinclair Stevenson, 1994)

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