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Complete Verse [Paperback]

Hilaire Belloc , A.N. Wilson
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8 Aug 1991

Here is the distinctly surreal world of Henry King, who perished through his 'chief defect' of chewing little bits of string; of dishonest Matilda whose dreadful lies led her to death by burning; and of Godolphin Horne who 'held the human race in scorn' and ended as the boy 'who blacks the boots at the Savoy'.

Here too are the beautiful lyrics of longing and loss; the sonnets and epigrams; the hugely enjoyable Bad Child's Book of Beasts - not to mention More Beasts for Worse Children; and The Modern Traveller, one of the finest satirical poems in English.

Complete Verse reveals all of Hilaire Belloc's dazzling range and makes plain why he is one of the most truly popular poets of modern times.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pimlico; New Ed edition (8 Aug 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712650245
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712650243
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The verses sing a multitude of memories. The wonder is, in finding them all collected, how profuse and pure a genius is here displayed" (Evelyn Waugh Spectator)

"What he possessed above all, as a versifier, was a remarkable technical adroitness, a ready talent for witty ideas and a gift for ironical and understated phrasemaking. He wears extremely well" (Roy Fuller Daily Telegraph)

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The complete comic verse of one of the wittiest poets in the English language, spanning the full range of his poetry from children's rhymes to political satire.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Appalling print spoils all 8 Oct 2009
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Here are these amusing poems which one wants to read slowly and with pleasure, to savour, and the print is fuzzy, as if printed on wet paper. In these days of computer setting, printing a book that looks Xeroxed is unforgivable. Don't buy this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sussex Poet 17 Dec 2013
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Very impressed with this book of Sussex poet Hilaire Belloc's poems. Would be nice in a hard back version though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very amusing and beautifully written 15 May 2013
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Wonderful comic verse. Recommended very warmly. All the works of Belloc are entertaining and full of wisdom. Not to be missed
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5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining 18 Feb 2013
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Man of many sides. The cautionary tales are very funny amd about, not for, children. Also political, satyrical and religious works are very thoughtprovoking. I like it.
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