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Children of Albion: Poetry of the Underground in Britain (Poets) Paperback – Sep 1969


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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; First Edition edition (Sep 1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140421165
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140421163
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 383,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By [euchrid] on 19 May 2007
Format: Paperback
It is subtitled 'Poetry of the 'Underground' in Britain.'

This is easily one of the best poetry collections ever put together. It is filled with unusual and unheard of poets, who produce works from the simple and conventional to the wild and avant-garde. All of it, however, is highly and easily readable. It is incredible and disappointing that it is so forgotten and ignored.

A sense of rhythm, missing from many poetry anthologies and collections, pervades the book (Horovitz is really into his jazz as well as his poetry, which may explain it). There are some truly magical moments (Anselm Hollo is now a favourite of mine, based on his wonderful pieces in here).

It includes a great 'Afterwords' section by Michael Horovitz that is basically a long, wonderful rant about poets and poetry, why they're important, and why collections such as this are valuable and essential. If you like this, check out 'Grandchildren of Albion', which features some more recognizable names but is just as fantastic.

I would recommend this book even to people who profess to hate poetry. If you at least like song lyrics, you will get a lot out of this book. If you are already into poetry, it provides a lot of freshness and inspiration, and a relief from all those collections filled with the Rosettis and other 'boring dead dudes'. (The Rosettis are OK, but you get the idea).

This is really, REALLY worth your time and effort in tracking it down, along with the sequel mentioned above.
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England's time in Eternity 15 May 2008
By William Timothy Lukeman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The exuberant, joyous figure of William Blake's "Glad Day" that adorns this wonderful anthology tells you everything you need to know about it. Compiled & published during the glory days of the 1960s in England, it's an amazing collection of poems by young poets ablaze with wit, optimism, and visionary fire. There's celebration to be found in thse pages, and sensuality, and a righteous wrath at the stodgy Establishment, which was obviously going to fall in very short order, replaced by a golden new Albion. Alas, like so many other Romantic dreams, its flowers were doomed to fade all too quickly. But the poems remain, a reminder of hope & a pointer to unborn possibilities. And the lengthy stream-of-consciousness essay in the back will not only tell you about the poets, but convey the magical atmosphere of the era vividly. I doubt that we'll ever this this particular volume in print again, so if you should stumble across a copy, snap it up!
Bright, shiny, burning symbol of its time 4 Jan 2009
By Michael A. Duvernois - Published on Amazon.com
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England in the 1960s. The fervor of a dream near to realization, a new England, a new Albion distinct from the old one. Well, it obviously didn't turn out the way that they expected. Though look at England today, maybe they weren't completely off base.

Anyway, these poems are markers of their time. Worth looking at when thinking about the return of the Morris Dancers and the conflict/contrast(?) of the new weird England the old weird England.
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