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Collected Poems, 1930-78 (PBK) Paperback – 30 Jan 1986

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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Calder Publications Ltd; New edition edition (30 Jan. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714540536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714540535
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.6 x 19 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,090,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Samuel Beckett was born in Dublin in 1906. He was educated at Portora Royal School and Trinity College, Dublin, where he graduated in 1927. His made his poetry debut in 1930 with Whoroscope and followed it with essays and two novels before World War Two. He wrote one of his most famous plays, Waiting for Godot, in 1949 but it wasn't published in English until 1954. Waiting for Godot brought Beckett international fame and firmly established him as a leading figure in the Theatre of the Absurd. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1961. Beckett continued to write prolifically for radio, TV and the theatre until his death in 1989.

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About the Author

Samuel Beckett was born in a suburb of Dublin in 1906 and died
in Paris in 1989. After school in Northern Ireland he went to Trinity
College in Dublin where he distinguished himself in French and Italian and
was recognised as a brilliant scholar, who under an exchange arrangement
taught at the Ecole Normale Supérieure before becoming a writer. He left
Ireland and finally settled in Paris, staying in France during the war
where he was a courier in the Résistance. He won the Nobel Prize in 1969
and is now recognised as one of the major writers of the 20th century.

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A more concise form of expression 15 Aug. 2008
By Tim Jewell - Published on
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Samuel Beckett is known most widely for his plays ("Waiting for Godot") and his prose ("Molloy") than his poetry, but this collection displays to the reader that Beckett had a mastery over every literary form, including the world of verse.

Beckett's poetry bears many of the same styles and composition methods as other 20th century writers such as T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound, but where these others focused on themes of isolation and disenchantment, Beckett employs striking stream-of-consciousness imagery to relate particular moments in time, snapshots of everyday life filtered through the perception of a mind raging with repressed anger and sexuality (see "Whoroscope" for a prime example). Furthermore, his poetry, similar to his drama and fiction, is rife with religious symbolism and allusions, much like his contemporary James Joyce.

Those looking for bombastic, rhythmic, romantic poetry with witty rhymes and colorful adjectives probably won't find Beckett amusing, but the emotional energy and pure expression of this Irish genius' verse should not overlooked.

Keep in mind, also, that many of the poems are in French, though the author translates a few for comparison.
Beckett's poetry will blow you away 22 Jan. 2007
By Eddy - Published on
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Samuel Beckett is very celebrated as a playwright and to a lesser extent, as a novelist. However he is phenomenally underrated as a poet. This relatively short volume shows much of the poet's work in English and in French often with parallel translations, as well as Beckett's translations of poems by famous French poets.

For anyone passionate about Beckett's work, this collection of poems will be an absolute gem. Perhaps it is because of the brevity and concision of verse, but it is within poetry that Beckett's bleakness takes on its greatest power. Here he conveys in an 8 line poem, what he would spend an entire play expressing elsewhere.

As well as the awesome nature of his own work, Beckett gives English translations of other poets who bear a striking resemblance to his style. Poems such as 'Scene' and 'Second Nature' have a power that is rendered even more immense through Beckett's translation.

To all Beckettian readers I say that you do not know the true beauty of his work until you have familiarised yourself with his phenomenal poetry.
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