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Description - Selected Poems by Michael Longley

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: Random House Children's Publishers UK
Publish Date: 15-Oct-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Michael Longley

Michael Longley was born in Belfast in 1939, where he now lives. His collections include The Weather in Japan, which won the T. S. Eliot and Hawthornden Prizes, Gorse Fires, which won the Whitbread Prize for Poetry, and The Ghost Orchid, which was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize.

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