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The Faber Book of Beasts [Hardcover]

Paul Muldoon
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1 Jan 1998
An anthology of poems about creatures of many kinds, including some perhaps more fanciful than real. The poets range from Homer to the present.


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; 1st Edition edition (1 Jan 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571175988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571175987
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,397,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Muldoon was born in County Armagh in 1951. He read English at Queen's University, Belfast, and published his first collection of poems, New Weather, in 1973. He is the author of ten books of poetry, including Moy Sand and Gravel (2002), for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, and Horse Latitudes (2006). Since 1987 he has lived in the United States, where he is the Howard G. B. Clark Professor in the Humanities at Princeton University. From 1999 to 2004 he was Professor of Poetry at Oxford University. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Paul Muldoon was given an American Academy of Arts and Letters award in 1996. Other recent awards include the 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize, the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, and the 2003 Griffin Prize. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dipper's delight 29 Aug 2010
By T. Hyde
Format:Paperback
This is a set book for an Open University course that starts in September. Never did a set book give me so much pleasure. I read at least one poem a day and it's always a delight. The poems are among the best our literature has to offer; all styles, all ages. The animals do not dominate. I often forget that there is an animal somewhere in the poem. If I have one gripe it is that the editors offer no explanations of achaic or dialect words. For example, anyone who is unfamiliar with the Scots language will have trouble with some of Robert Burns' texts.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Animals imagined in all their guises... 2 Dec 2009
By LittleMoon TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Lines have to be drawn in anthologies, as Paul Muldoon is quick to mention in his introduction. Through the poems he has chosen, his erudition and knowledge are beyond doubt, but I still can't help being just a little disappointed with the lines drawn, the poems missing - a very personal disappointment though it may be.

The great and good of canonical English-language poetry are lined up (very occasionally some in translation) from Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Lovelace, Clare, Swift, Pope, Wordsworth, Keats, Coleridge, Dickinson, Kipling, Frost, Yeats, Eliot, Auden, Moore, Bishop, Hughes and Plath. Of course, there are one or two surprises too!

Delights include Gerard Manley Hopkins' "The Windhover"; Elizabeth Bishop's "The Moose" and D H Lawrence's "Bat"... but no doubt everyone will have their own favourites accounted for here. There are also interspersed rhymes from childhood like "Baa Baa Black Sheep" and "Cock Robin" alongside chunks from Whitman's "Song of Myself" or Browning's "The Pied Piper". The alphabetical ordering offers the reader quite an eclectic mix of time and style, as well as some interesting thematic juxtapositions.

Why only four stars then, which seems a little mean? I just wish Muldoon had been a little more daring and selected some more modern poems from the last 50 years or so; poems not yet tried and tested as the majority of this anthology are... and I can't help feeling his refusal to accept work in translation (with certain exceptions) frustrating.

Still, there's so much to admire here in this poetry that "brings out the best in us" as Muldoon observes, that no reader will leave this anthology unmoved.

From Thom Gunn: Considering The Snail

The snail pushes through a green
night, for the grass is heavy
with water and meets over
the bright path he makes, where rain
has darkened the earth's dark. He
moves in a wood of desire...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful Anthology. 17 May 2009
Format:Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. I initially needed it as a study aid and in the beginning just flicked through it but after reading the whole anthology, found it an absorbing and delightful read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for certain courses. 7 Feb 2014
By MR P J FAIRWEATHER VINE VOICE
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Bought for an Open University course that I was doing, it was listed as essential reading for the OU AA100 'The Arts Past and Present'
course. It provided all the information that I needed and was not too expensive - just make sure that if you're buying books for higher education that you buy exactly the right edition (as listed on your course details) or you may not have the same information as everyone else on your course.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beastly Indeed!! 7 Feb 2012
By Onora
Format:Paperback
This is one of the books recommended for AA100 Open University. It is packed full of poetry Coleridge, Hughes, Heaney, Larkin, the list goes on. Each poem features animals. This book is for anyone who enjoys poetry, whether student or not. Value for money and highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Faber Book of Beasts 2 Jan 2013
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Set book for OP course. Lots of fun poems, and some not so fun. Just lots of beast related poetry....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent purchase 24 July 2011
By hayley
Format:Paperback
Item arrived fast ad in good condition, a really good buy at a bargain price very happy with this product
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OU Set Book 27 July 2013
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Bought for upcoming OU course. I have started to read some of it and it's a mixed bag of challenging poetry and interesting, easier to read ones. Hoping that it is one of the latter that we have to study on the course!
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Published 3 days ago by Kate
3.0 out of 5 stars I like poetry, however I didn't find some of the 'classic' as...
Read for my uni course. I like poetry, however I didn't find some of the 'classic' as impressive as expected.
Published 3 days ago by Lodessa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
course book - good stories!
Published 19 days ago by Paul Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read.
Must read if you are new to poetry.
Published 1 month ago by Bev
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great product
Published 1 month ago by Leyna51
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Open Uni book, dull
Published 1 month ago by neighbour
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book
Some old favourites mixed with new. I liked the way in which it was laid out alphabetically rather than by author, an encouragement to discover the new.
Published 8 months ago by Hazel O'Sullivan
3.0 out of 5 stars If you like poetry, then it is good.
I am not into poetry, but had to buy it for my English literature degree. Buy it if you like poetry
Published 8 months ago by M. E. Swinchatt
2.0 out of 5 stars oh no not poetry
In fairness there are a few poems in the book but unfortunately most of the works do not rhyme so are not poetry also I do not care much for animals, birds, insects so I am not... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr S Mooney
4.0 out of 5 stars A great anthology
A great collection of poetry based on animals, real and fictitious from a wide range of authors. A great way to introduce children to poetry or to while away an hour or two with a... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Phill
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