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Edith Sitwell: Collected Poems [Paperback]

Dame Edith Sitwell
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23 Mar 2006
This is the classic poetry of Edith Sitwell, bringing together poems from almost all of her major editions of poetry, including "Street Songs", "Green Song", "The Song of the Cold" and "The Canticle of the Rose". Now, it is available in paperback. This edition of Sitwell's "Collected Poems" is a testimony to the breadth and insight of her poetic output and includes her own Preface which is highly acclaimed as an analysis of the development of her mind and sensibilities, an explanation of her use of rhythms and intricate verbal patterns, and hence of her poetry itself.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd (23 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715635859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715635858
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Sitwell's poetry has come in and out of fashion, but in the early 21st century it seems peculiarly relevant' The Times"

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Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964) poet, critic and biographer, was a champion of modernity. Her wit and flamboyance in every aspect of her life, from her eccentric dress to her controversial preferences in poetry, both shocked and amused society. She was the editor of the Wheels anthology of modern verse before shocking the established literary world in 1922 with her poem Facade, which explored the musical qualities of language and was recited to the music of Sir William Walton. Towards the late 1920s she explored the social and moral issues of the rich versus the poor, and after a fall from fashion in the 1930s, achieved public acclaim after the war, becoming a dame in 1954.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Weird and wonderful.... 6 Aug 2012
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This book arrived quickly, well-packaged and "new", as described. My wife and I have added Edith to our morning poetry readings to each other .....and are finding her work very quirky, complex, hermetic.....and interesting - so much so that we are researching her early childhood..... in the hope of finding some of the places, persons and events which fed ideas into her very singular imagination..!! THANK YOU. Eric Baggaley
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Star Sitwell 3 Dec 2013
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I bought this as a present - it has always been a favorite of mine. It was an ex-library book, but in excellent condition and value for money. A good bit of recycling!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth as Silk 21 Sep 2011
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Amazing... beautiful. The type of flowing, perfect, and elusive poetry that resonates through your being, enriching and awakening you. I lucked into this book somewhat randomly; I will just say that Edith Sitwell is a poet and an intellect of a very high order.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Poetry of Historic Value 10 Aug 2013
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This is a big (445 page) quality paperback including poems important enough to earn their author the title Dame Edith Sitwell (equivalent to a Knighthood for males). Sitwell (1887-1964) is one of the greatest female poets in history, ranking as equal in impact to poets such as Emily Dickenson and Maya Angelou. She is a master of rhyming poetry in which the ending words of adjacent lines rhyme. I normally prefer that lines 2 and 4 rhyme, but once I got used to her approach, I learned to like it. Many times I would read to the end of a line and had difficulty imagining how she could get out of this pickle, meaning I could not think of a word that would rhyme with the word ending the previous line. She must have had a huge vocabulary, a great rhyming dictionary or both. The only negative I can think of involves her use of unusual words and the names of rarely known real persons or mythical characters that might throw stops and starts in for some readers.
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