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Poetry Review, v. 93, No. 1 (Paperback): Sebastiao Salgado Poetry Review, v. 93, No. 1 (Paperback)
Sebastiao Salgado; Edited by David Herd, Robert Potts; Illustrated by Ben E. Watkins, Roy Arenella
R217 Discovery Miles 2 170 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Poetry Review, v. 92, Issue 4 - Winter 2002/3 (Paperback): David Herd, Robert Potts Poetry Review, v. 92, Issue 4 - Winter 2002/3 (Paperback)
David Herd, Robert Potts; Illustrated by Dawn Wood, Emma Byrne
R242 Discovery Miles 2 420 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Poems of the Masters - [Qian jia shi] ; China's classic anthology of T'ang and Sung dynasty verse (English, Chinese,... Poems of the Masters - [Qian jia shi] ; China's classic anthology of T'ang and Sung dynasty verse (English, Chinese, Paperback, 1st ed.)
Red Pine; Translated by Red Pine
R532 R462 Discovery Miles 4 620 Save R70 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

"The" classic Chinese poetry anthology in a handsome English-Chinese format.

Poetry is China's greatest art, and for the past eight centuries "Poems of the Masters" has been that country's most studied and memorized collection of verse. For the first time ever in English, here is the complete text, with an introduction and extensive notes by renowned translator, Red Pine. Over one hundred poets are represented in this bilingual edition, including many of China's celebrated poets: Li Pai, Wang Wei, Tu Fu, Wang Po, and Ou-yang Hsiu.

"Poems of the Masters" was compiled during the Sung dynasty (960-1278), a time when poetry became the defining measure of human relationships and understanding.

As Red Pine writes in his introduction: "Nothing was significant without a poem, no social or ritual occasion, no political or personal event was considered complete without a few well-chosen words that summarized the complexities of the Chinese vision of reality and linked that vision with the beat of their hearts . . . Poetry's] greatest flowering was in the T'ang and Sung, when suddenly it was everywhere: in the palace, in the street, in every household, every inn, every monastery, in every village square."

"Chiupu River Song" by Li Pai

My white hair extends three miles
the sorrow of parting made it this long
who would guess to look in a mirror
where autumn frost comes from

"This valuable text will help us appreciate the richness of poetic imagination and experience."--"Book Magazine, " five-star review

" "Poems of the Masters"] includes the Chinese originals, along with commentaries on imagery, various social conventions, historical background--all absolutely essential to a full appreciation of the texts... the best way to approach them is to pick one out and let it drop like a pebble into the well of your mind and hear how it resonates."--"The Philadelphia Inquirer"

"The poems in this remarkable anthology speak to us--across an immense distance of time and space--of loneliness, beauty, the consequences of political action, the stillness of autumn. Red Pine's wonderful translations and the clarity of his accompanying notes make these poems accessible and intimate to all of us...Red Pine and the good people at Copper Canyon deserve a place in the Taoist paradise for bringing us this beautiful book."--"Booksense Recommends"

Red Pine is one of the world's most respected translators of Chinese literature, bringing into English several of China's central religious and literary texts, including "Lao-tzu's Taoteching "(isbn 9781556592904) and "The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain" (isbn 9781556591402).

An Unexpected Light - Theology and Witness in the Poetry and Thought of Charles Williams, Micheal O'Siadhail and Geoffrey... An Unexpected Light - Theology and Witness in the Poetry and Thought of Charles Williams, Micheal O'Siadhail and Geoffrey Hill (Paperback, New)
David C. Mahan
R653 Discovery Miles 6 530 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

"Can poetry matter to Christian Theology?" David Mahan asks in the introduction to this interdisciplinary work. Does the study of poetry represent a serious theological project? What does poetry have to contribute to the public tasks of theology and the Church? How can theologians, clergy and other ministry professionals, and Christian laypeople benefit from an earnest study of poetry? A growing number of theologians today seek to push theological inquiry beyond the relative seclusion of academic specialisation into a broader marketplace of public ideas, and to recast the theological task as an integrative discipline. Mahan pursues that synthesis through identifying poetry as a realm of rich theological resources and instruction for the Christian church. In drawing attention to the "peculiar advantages" it affords, this book addresses one of the greatest challenges facing the church today: the difficulty of effectively communicating the Christian gospel with increasingly disaffected "late-modern" people. David Mahan is the President and Director of the Rivendell Institute at Yale University, where he has served as a campus minister since 1987. He received his Master's degree in religion and literature from Yale Divinity School and completed his PhD in divinity at the University of Cambridge. "David Mahan is a superb close reader of poetry and also a rich theological thinker. This book shows how poetry and theology can come together to light up the great questions of human life today. Above all, his profound engagement with three fascinating poets - O'Siadhail, Williams, and Hill - will expand the circle of those who recognize their great significance for the twenty-first century." - David F. Ford, Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge "David Mahan sheds 'unexpected light' on poetry as a Christian discourse. He does this by deftly elucidating common intellectual ground shared by poets and theologians. Where he shines, however, is in showing how a poem means, how ideas actually become incarnate in texts. Mahan offers beautifully lucid analysis of demanding poets who, in his sure hands, become accessible, though never merely easy. He challenges us to see their work as not only speaking to our particular historical condition but, in quirky and reticent ways, as evangelizing our imaginations." - Peter Hawkins, Professor of Religion and Director of Luce Program in Scripture and the Literary Arts, Boston University "Can poetry matter to Christian theology? To this question, David Mahan's book comprises a resounding 'yes'. With acute sensitivity and painstaking attention to literary detail, the author shows how Christian wisdom is hugely enriched by three major word-crafters. Far from muddying the waters of theological rigor, 'poetic performance' renders theology more precise, lucid, and faithful. An immensely important book, demonstrating just how badly the theologian needs the artist today." - Jeremy Begbie, Thomas A. Langford Research Professor of Theology, Duke University

Thinking and Writing about Poetry (Paperback): Michael Meyer Thinking and Writing about Poetry (Paperback)
Michael Meyer
R1,697 Discovery Miles 16 970 Ships in 7 - 11 work days
Furious Flower - Seeding the Future of African American Poetry (Paperback): Joanne V. Gabbin Furious Flower - Seeding the Future of African American Poetry (Paperback)
Joanne V. Gabbin; Edited by Lauren K. Alleyne; Contributions by Rita Dove, John Bracey, Iain Haley Pollock, …
R747 Discovery Miles 7 470 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry is an anthology of poems by more than a hundred award-winning poets, including Jericho Brown, Tracy K. Smith, and Justin Philip Reed, combined with themed essays on poetics from celebrated scholars such as Kwame Dawes, Evie Shockley, and Meta DuEwa Jones. The Furious Flower Poetry Center is the nation's first academic center for Black poetry. In this eponymous collection, editors Joanne V. Gabbin and Lauren K. Alleyne bring together many of the paramount voices in Black poetry and poetics active today, composing an electrifying mosaic of voices, generations, and aesthetics that reveals the Black narrative in the work of twentieth- and twenty-first-century writers. Intellectually enlightening and powerfully enlivening, Furious Flower explores and celebrates the idea of the Black poetic voice, to ask, "What's next for Black poetic expression?

The Figure in the Cave - And Other Essays (Hardcover): John Montague, Antoinette Quinn The Figure in the Cave - And Other Essays (Hardcover)
John Montague, Antoinette Quinn
R459 Discovery Miles 4 590 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Ted Hughes in Context (Hardcover): Terry Gifford Ted Hughes in Context (Hardcover)
Terry Gifford
R2,023 Discovery Miles 20 230 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Ted Hughes wrote in a wide range of modes which were informed by an even wider range of contexts to which his lifetime's reading, interests and experience gave him access. The achievement of Ted Hughes as one of the major poets of the twentieth century is complimented by his growing reputation as a writer of letters, plays, literary criticism and translations. In addition, Hughes made important contributions to education, literary history, emergent environmentalism and debates about life writing. Ted Hughes in Context brings together thirty-four contributors who inform new readings of the works, and conceptualize Hughes's work within long-standing critical traditions while acknowledging a new awareness of his future importance. This collection offers consideration not only of the most important aspects of Hughes's work, but also the most neglected.

You Come Too - My Journey with Robert Frost (Hardcover): Lesley Lee Francis You Come Too - My Journey with Robert Frost (Hardcover)
Lesley Lee Francis; Foreword by Jay Parini
R741 R610 Discovery Miles 6 100 Save R131 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 work days

Robert Frost observed in his wife, Elinor, a desire to live ""a life that goes rather poetically."" The same could be said of many members of the Frost family, over several generations. In You Come Too, Frost's granddaughter, Lesley Lee Francis, combines priceless personal memories and rigorous research to create a portrait of Frost and the women, including herself, whose lives he touched. Francis provides a vivid picture of Frost the family man, revealing him to be intensely engaged rather than the aloof artist that is commonly portrayed. She shares with us the devastation Frost and Elinor experienced when faced with tragic illnesses, both physical and mental, and the untimely death of family members. Elinor's own death added to the poet's despair and unleashed complex feelings throughout the family (Francis's mother would lament the toll taken on Elinor by what she perceived as Frost's ""selfishness"" in the life he had chosen). This is also the story of Lesley Frost, Francis's remarkable mother, who struggled to emerge from her celebrated father's shadow, while, as one of the people closest to him, sharing his intuitive impulse to write and to indulge their mutual love of books and poetry. Francis would herself become yet another writer and, like her grandfather and mother before her, a teacher--despite sharing Frost's sense of being ""imperfectly academic."" In addition, Francis explores Frost's professional relationships with women outside the family, such as the poets Harriet Monroe, Amy Lowell, and Susan Hayes Ward.Francis's invaluable insights into Frost's poetry and her inclusion of previously unpublished family writings and photographs make this book essential to Frost scholarship. But You Come Too will appeal to anyone interested in this great poet's life and work. It also reveals unforgettable stories of strong, independent women and their passion to create and share poetry.

Full Circle (Paperback): Gerald Mangan Full Circle (Paperback)
Gerald Mangan; Edited by Peter Forbes
R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
In the Wake of the Poetic - Palestinian Artists after Darwish (Hardcover): Najat Rahman In the Wake of the Poetic - Palestinian Artists after Darwish (Hardcover)
Najat Rahman
R649 Discovery Miles 6 490 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Heralding a new period of creativity, In the Wake of the Poetic explores the aesthetics and politics of Palestinian cultural expression in the last two decades. As it increasingly gains a significant presence on the international scene, much of Palestinian art owes a debt to Mahmoud Darwish, one of the finest contemporary poets, and to Palestinian writers of his generation. Rahman maps the immense influence of Darwish's poetry on a new generation of performance artists, visual artists, spoken-word poets, and musicians. Through an examination of selected works by key artists-such as Suheir Hammad, Ghassan Zaqtan, Elia Suleiman, Mona Hatoum, Sharif Waked, and others-Rahman articulates an aesthetic founded on loss, dispersion, dispossession, and transformation. It interrupts dominant regimes, constituting acts of dissension and intervention. It reinscribes belonging and is oriented toward solidarity and future. This innovative wave of experimentation transforms our understanding of the national through the diasporic and the transnational, and offers a profound meditation on identity.

The Wheel of Language - Representing Speech in Middle English Poetry 1377-1422 (Hardcover): David Coley The Wheel of Language - Representing Speech in Middle English Poetry 1377-1422 (Hardcover)
David Coley
R657 Discovery Miles 6 570 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

In The Wheel of Language, Coley explores representations of speech in English poetry of the later Middle Ages, proposing that the spoken word, both within Ricardian and Lancastrian poetry and within late medieval English culture, was understood as an efficacious, powerful medium. Representing speech in the poetic text was always a political act, one by which authors were able to criticise and comment upon issues as diverse as the Lancastrian usurpation; the Lollard heresy; and the philosophical, economic, and institutional changes that England witnessed in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Coley examines the work of Chaucer, Gower, Hoccleve, and the anonymous author of St. Erkenwald to show how writers manipulated cultural understandings of speech to engage with the crises that defined the later Middle Ages. Ultimately, The Wheel of Language uses the spoken word within the written text to map the complicated and shifting relationships among language, literature, politics, and power.

John Trevisa's Information Age - Knowledge and the Pursuit of Literature, c. 1400 (Hardcover): Emily Steiner John Trevisa's Information Age - Knowledge and the Pursuit of Literature, c. 1400 (Hardcover)
Emily Steiner
R1,605 Discovery Miles 16 050 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

What would medieval English literature look like if we viewed it through the lens of the compendium? In that case, John Trevisa might come into focus as the major author of the fourteenth century. Trevisa (d. 1402) made a career of translating big informational texts from Latin into English prose. These included Ranulph Higden's Polychronicon, an enormous universal history, Bartholomaeus Anglicus's well-known natural encyclopedia De proprietatibus rerum, and Giles of Rome's advice-for-princes manual, De regimine principum. These were shrewd choices, accessible and on trend: De proprietatibus rerum and De regimine principum had already been translated into French and copied in deluxe manuscripts for the French and English nobility, and the Polychronicon had been circulating England for several decades. This book argues that John Trevisa's translations of compendious informational texts disclose an alternative literary history by way of information culture. Bold and lively experiments, these translations were a gamble that the future of literature in England was informational prose. This book argues that Trevisa's oeuvre reveals an alternative literary history more culturally expansive and more generically diverse than that which we typically construct for his contemporaries, Geoffrey Chaucer and William Langland. Thirteenth- and early fourteenth-century European writers compiled massive reference books which would shape knowledge well into the Renaissance. This study maintains that they had a major impact on English poetry and prose. In fact, what we now recognize to be literary properties emerged in part from translations of medieval compendia with their inventive ways of handling vast quantities of information.

Poetry Review: Seven Years on, Volume 91 (Paperback): Poetry Review: Seven Years on, Volume 91 (Paperback)
R212 Discovery Miles 2 120 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
The Princeton Handbook of World Poetries (Paperback): Roland Greene, Stephen Cushman The Princeton Handbook of World Poetries (Paperback)
Roland Greene, Stephen Cushman
R816 R649 Discovery Miles 6 490 Save R167 (20%) Ships in 12 - 17 work days

The Princeton Handbook of World Poetries--drawn from the latest edition of the acclaimed Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics--provides a comprehensive and authoritative survey of the history and practice of poetry in more than 100 major regional, national, and diasporic literatures and language traditions around the globe. With more than 165 entries, the book combines broad overviews and focused accounts to give extensive coverage of poetic traditions throughout the world. For students, teachers, researchers, poets, and other readers, it supplies a one-of-a-kind resource, offering in-depth treatment of Indo-European poetries (all the major Celtic, Slavic, Germanic, and Romance languages, and others); ancient Middle Eastern poetries (Hebrew, Persian, Sumerian, and Assyro-Babylonian); subcontinental Indian poetries (Bengali, Hindi, Marathi, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Urdu, and more); Asian and Pacific poetries (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Mongolian, Nepalese, Thai, and Tibetan); Spanish American poetries (those of Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Chile, and many other Latin American countries); indigenous American poetries (Guarani, Inuit, and Navajo); and African poetries (those of Ethiopia, Somalia, South Africa, and other countries, and including African languages, English, French, and Portuguese). Complete with an introduction by the editors, this is an essential volume for anyone interested in understanding poetry in an international context. * Drawn from the latest edition of the acclaimed Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics* Provides more than 165 authoritative entries on poetry in more than 100 regional, national, and diasporic literatures and language traditions throughout the world* Features extensive coverage of non-Western poetic traditions* Includes an introduction, bibliographies, cross-references, and a general index

Curious Disciplines - Mina Loy and Avant-Garde Artisthood (Hardcover): Sarah Hayden Curious Disciplines - Mina Loy and Avant-Garde Artisthood (Hardcover)
Sarah Hayden
R2,160 Discovery Miles 21 600 Ships in 7 - 11 work days

The transnational modernist Mina Loy (1882-1966) embodied the avant-garde in many literary and artistic media. This book positions her as a theorist of the avant-garde and of what it means to be an artist. Foregrounding Loy's critical interrogation of Futurist, Dadaist, Surrealist, and "Degenerate" artisthood, and exploring her poetic legacies today, Curious Disciplines reveals Loy's importance in an entirely novel way. Examining the primary texts produced by those movements themselves-their manifestos, magazines, pamphlets, catalogues, and speeches-Sarah Hayden uses close readings of Loy's poetry, prose, polemics, and unpublished writings to trace her response to how these movements wrote themselves, collectively, into being.

Thomas Traherne and Seventeenth-Century Thought (Hardcover): Elizabeth S. Dodd, Cassandra Gorman Thomas Traherne and Seventeenth-Century Thought (Hardcover)
Elizabeth S. Dodd, Cassandra Gorman; Contributions by Alison Kershaw, Ana Elena Gonzalez-Trevino, Carol Ann Johnston, …
R1,730 Discovery Miles 17 300 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Thomas Traherne has all too often been defined and studied as a solitary thinker, "out of his time", and not as a participant in the complex intellectual currents of the period. The essays collected here take issue with this reading, placing Traherne firmly in his historical context and situating his work within broader issues in seventeenth-century studies and the history of ideas. They draw on recently published textual discoveries alongside manuscripts which will soon be published for the first time. They address major themes in Traherne studies, including Traherne's understanding of matter and spirit, his attitude towards happiness and holiness, his response to solitude and society, and his Anglican identity. As a whole, the volume aims to re-ignite discussion on settled readings of Traherne's work, to reconsider issues in Traherne scholarship which have long lain dormant, and to supplement our picture of the man and his writings through new discoveries and insights. Elizabeth S. Dodd is programme leader for the MA in theology, ministry and mission and lecturer in theology, imagination and culture at Sarum College, Salisbury; Cassandra Gorman is lecturer in English at Trinity College, Cambridge. Contributors: Jacob Blevins, Warren Chernaik, Phoebe Dickerson, Elizabeth S. Dodd, Ana Elena Gonzalez-Trevino, Cassandra Gorman, Carol Ann Johnston, Alison Kershaw, Kathryn Murphy

Samuel Taylor Coleridge - The Major Works (Paperback): Samuel Taylor Coleridge Samuel Taylor Coleridge - The Major Works (Paperback)
Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Edited by H.J. Jackson
R386 R325 Discovery Miles 3 250 Save R61 (16%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

This authoritative edition was originally published in the acclaimed Oxford Authors series under the general editorship of Frank Kermode. It brings together a unique combination of Coleridge's poetry and prose - all the major poems, complemented by important criticism, letters, and marginalia - to give the essence of his work and thinking. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, poet, critic, and radical thinker, exerted an enormous influence over contemporaries as different as Wordsworth, Southey and Lamb. He was also a dedicated reformer, and set out to use his reputation as a public speaker and literary philosopher to change the course of English thought. This collection represents the best of Coleridge's poetry from every period of his life, particularly his prolific early years, which produced The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Christabel, and Kubla Khan. The central section of the book is devoted to his most significant critical work, Biographia Literaria, and reproduces it in full. It provides a vital background for both the poetry section which precedes it and for the shorter prose works which follow. There is also a generous sample of his letters, notebooks, and marginalia, some recently discovered, which show a different, more spontaneous side to his fascinating and complex personality. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Nation's Bounty - The Xhosa Poetry of Nontsizi Mgqwetho (Paperback): Nontsizi Mgqwetho Nation's Bounty - The Xhosa Poetry of Nontsizi Mgqwetho (Paperback)
Nontsizi Mgqwetho; Edited by Jeff Opland; Translated by Phyllis Ntantala, Abner Nyamende
R83 R72 Discovery Miles 720 Save R11 (13%) Ships in 5 - 10 work days

For nearly a decade Nontsizi Mgqwetho contributed poetry to a Johannesburg newspaper, Umteteli wa Bantu, the first and only female poet to produce a substantial body of work in isiXhosa. Apart from what is revealed in these writings, very little is known about her life. She explodes on the scene with her swaggering, urgent, confrontational woman's poetry on 23 October 1920, sends poems to the newspaper regularly throughout the three years from 1924 to 1926, withdraws for two years until two final poems appear in December 1928 and January 1929, then disappears into the shrouding silence she first burst from. Nothing more is heard from her, but the poetry she left immediately claims for her the status of one of the greatest literary artists ever to write in isiXhosa, an anguished voice of an urban woman confronting male dominance, ineffective leadership, black apathy, white malice and indifference, economic exploitation and a tragic history of nineteenth-century territorial and cultural dispossession. The Nation's Bounty contains the original poems alongside English translations by Jeff Opland. It was the first of a number of new titles planned for release in the African Treasury Series, a premier collection of texts by South Africa's pioneers of African literature and written in indigenous languages. First published by Wits University Press in the 1940s, the series provided a voice for the voiceless and celebrated African culture, history and heritage. It continues to make a contribution by supporting current efforts to empower and develop the status of African languages in South Africa.

Homer: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback, Annotated edition): Barbara Graziosi Homer: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback, Annotated edition)
Barbara Graziosi
R233 R192 Discovery Miles 1 920 Save R41 (18%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

Homer's mythological tales of war and homecoming,the Iliad and the Odyssey, are widely considered to be two of the most influential works in the history of western literature. Yet their author, 'the greatest poet that ever lived' is something of a mystery. By the 6th century BCE, Homer had already become a mythical figure, and today debate continues as to whether he ever existed. In this Very Short Introduction Barbara Graziosi considers Homer's famous works, and their impact on readers throughout the centuries. She shows how the Iliad and the Odyssey benefit from a tradition of reading that spans well over two millennia, stemming from ancient scholars at the library of Alexandria, in the third and second centuries BCE, who wrote some of the first commentaries on the Homeric epics. Summaries of these scholars' notes made their way into the margins of Byzantine manuscripts; from Byzantium the annotated manuscripts travelled to Italy; and the ancient notes finally appeared in the first printed editions of Homer, eventually influencing our interpretation of Homer's work today. Along the way, Homer's works have inspired artists, writers, philosophers, musicians, playwrights, and film-makers. Exploring the main literary, historical, cultural, and archaeological issues at the heart of Homer's narratives, Graziosi analyses the enduring appeal of Homer and his iconic works. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable. This book was previously published in hardback as Homer.

Rumi Poems (Paperback): Peter Washington Rumi Poems (Paperback)
Peter Washington
R315 R262 Discovery Miles 2 620 Save R53 (17%) Ships in 10 - 20 work days

It is often said that Rumi (aka Jalal al-Din, 1207-73) is now the most popular poet in the United States. This conquest of the new world by a middle-eastern medieval writer who died before Chaucer was even born has been achieved with extraordinary speed in less than thirty years.The main key to Rumi's success is the spiritual appeal of his work. It combines lyrical beauty with philosophical profundity, a sense of rapture and an acute awareness of human suffering in ways which speak directly to contemporary audiences. Like the metaphysical poets, Donne, Vaughan and Herbert, Rumi yokes together everyday images with complex ideas. He talks about divine love in vivid human terms. As a religious teacher of the Dervish order, he expounds the mystical doctrines of Sufism which focus on the notion of union with the Beloved to whom many of the poems are addressed. Persian poetry of this period is not easy to translate. In order to give the greatest possible access to a wonderful poet this selection draws on avariety of translations from the early 20th century to the present, ranging from scholarly renderings to free interpretations.

John Betjeman (Paperback): Dennis Brown John Betjeman (Paperback)
Dennis Brown
R485 Discovery Miles 4 850 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

Sir John Betjeman remains the most popular English poet of today. He has been termed a 'national teddy bear', and some commentary has addressed his work in rather such terms. However, it is evident that most of his key themes - the spirit of place (or 'place-myth'), mundane lives ('petit recits') or historical continuity (the 'presence of the past') - have specific relevance to postmodern and, especially, environmental concerns. Dennis Brown's book assesses Betjeman's contribution in the light of this, emphasising its ironic self-reflexivity, its rendering of Englishness and a 'soft' masculinity, and its ecumenical Christian tolerance. The popularity of Betjeman's lyrics, and his verse-autobiography Summoned by Bells, is considered as indicative of Britain's post-imperial self-revaluation. It is shown how the poet's technique offers an accessible alternative to more complex neo-modernist poetics. Overall, the book stresses Betjeman's contemporaneity, and his relevance to an era of 'contingency, irony, and solidarity'.

Charles Baudelaire (Paperback): Walter Benjamin Charles Baudelaire (Paperback)
Walter Benjamin
R412 Discovery Miles 4 120 Ships in 12 - 17 work days
Poetry: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback): Bernard O'Donoghue Poetry: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)
Bernard O'Donoghue
R132 R122 Discovery Miles 1 220 Save R10 (8%) Ships in 6 - 10 work days

Poetry, arguably, has a greater range of conceptual meaning than perhaps any other term in English. At the most basic level everyone can recognise it-it is a kind of literature that uses special linguistic devices of organization and expression for aesthetic effect. However, far grander claims have been made for poetry than this-such as Shelley's that the poets 'are the unacknowledged legislators of the world', and that poetry is 'a higher truth'. In this Very Short Introduction, Bernard O'Donoghue provides a fascinating look at the many different forms of writing which have been called 'poetry'-from the Greeks to the present day. As well as questioning what poetry is, he asks what poetry is for, and considers contemporary debates on its value. Is there a universality to poetry? And does it have a duty of public utility and responsibility? ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Making the Miscellany - Poetry, Print, and the History of the Book in Early Modern England (Hardcover): Megan Heffernan Making the Miscellany - Poetry, Print, and the History of the Book in Early Modern England (Hardcover)
Megan Heffernan
R1,189 Discovery Miles 11 890 Ships in 12 - 17 work days

In Making the Miscellany Megan Heffernan examines the poetic design of early modern printed books and explores how volumes of compiled poems, which have always existed in practice, responded to media change in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. Heffernan's focus is not only the material organization of printed poetry, but also how those conventions and innovations of arrangement contributed to vernacular poetic craft, the consolidation of ideals of individual authorship, and centuries of literary history. The arrangement of printed compilations contains a largely unstudied and undertheorized archive of poetic form, Heffernan argues. In an evolving system of textual transmission, compilers were experimenting with how to contain individual poems within larger volumes. By paying attention to how they navigated and shaped the exchanges between poems and their organization, she reveals how we can witness the basic power of imaginative writing over the material text. Making the Miscellany is also a study of how this history of textual design has been differently told by the distinct disciplines of bibliography or book history and literary studies, each of which has handled-and obscured-the formal qualities of early modern poetry compilations and the practices that produced them. Revisiting these editorial and critical approaches, this book recovers a moment when compilers, poets, and readers were alert to a poetics of organization that exceeded the limits of the individual poem.

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