WAYS OF LIFE: On Places, Painters and Poets

WAYS OF LIFE: On Places, Painters and Poets

ANDREW MOTION    Book Number: 85942    Product format: Hardback

Appointed Poet Laureate in 1999, here is a personal selection of Andrew Motion's best non-fiction writing from over 30 years. He has had a significant career as a prize-winning biographer and as an illuminating critic and these literary essays look at a wide assortment of writers, concentrating on a history of neglect. There are notable articles on John Clare, Ivor Gurney, William Barnes and W. S. Graham, on marginal figures such as Leigh Hunt and Joseph Severn and the 'Romantic Sisterhood', on the less well-known work of generally celebrated writers like John Donne, Christina Rosetti and Thomas Hardy, and on hitherto overlooked writers such as John Betjeman. He includes a piece that daringly imagines what Edward Thomas might have achieved had he not died tragically young at the Battle of Arras in 1917, an account of a trip Motion made with his father and other veterans to the beaches of Normandy on the 60th anniversary of D-day, and a marvelling account of the sea voyage he took retracing John Keats's journey to Italy in 1820. 23 pieces which began life as reviews in newspaper Books Pages and a few extra articles about writers such as Robert Frost and Sylvia Plath showing the development of certain techniques and attitudes across a spread of time. You may well with to choose to read these articles at random and be surprised at the many connections and familiar definitions. 269pp.
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