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Here to Eternity: An Anthology of Poetry [Paperback]

Sir Andrew Motion
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16 Sep 2002
Since becoming Poet Laureate in 1999, Andrew Motion has been tireless in his efforts to raise the profile of poetry. In this wonderful anthology, he has brought together an extraordinary range of poems, exemplifying his belief that, if we let it, poetry has a unique power to enrich our lives as it diversifies them. The poems are arranged in a series of ten concentric rings: Self, Home, Town, Work, Land, Love, Travel, War, Belief and Space. Each section is distinct but seeks out resemblances and echoes elsewhere, creating the impression of an endlessly expanding universe. From Wallace Stevens to Stevie Smith, Joseph Brodsky to Jo Shapcott, Bob Dylan to Dylan Thomas, Ben Jonson to Benjamin Zephaniah, Here to Eternity provides a perfect introduction for new readers and offers surprising connections and revelations to those who are already well-versed.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber; New edition edition (16 Sep 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571215653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571215652
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A thoroughly illuminating anthology...a welcome treasure trove.' Times Educational Supplement"

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A beautiful repackage of this wonderfully accessible selection chosen by former Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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58 of 58 people found the following review helpful
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I dip in and out of this book quite regularly, looking for poems I might have missed, looking for poems in forms I'm trying to write in, and I continue to find little gems.

Those people who don't like Motions own poetry need not worry about buying this book, because there are no works by him.

There are 10 sections, which he's called ten rings, echoing out, expanding, but maintaining a theme. They are: Self, Home, Town, Land, Work, Love, Travel, War, Belief, and Space. So from Louis MacNeice's Prayer before Birth to Henry Vaughan's The World. He's restricted the sections so that a poet would not have more than 1 poem in each section, and no poet has more than 5 entries (except that old joker Anonymous).

Some of my favorite poets are here, like Plath, Heaney, Blake, and of course the big man, WS. But thankfully the anthology is not overrun with people like WS and Wordsworth, like so many anthologies are, because he's restricted them. There are ALOT of poets put into this anthology, which many anthologies don't bother with because they're not big names. But for readers of poetry who get bored of the same old stuff, there's new life in this one.

I've been pleased with this treasure trove anthology and it will certainly be on my shelf for many years to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best 1 Dec 2009
This is one of the most imaginative and stimulating poetry anthologies available at the moment: the organisation of the poems selected is intriguing [and you'll have to buy a copy to find out about that] - the range of poems is splendid, with a well-nigh perfect balance struck between the conflicting claims of familiarity and freshness, tradition and contemporaraneity. Forty-two out of ten [just to annoy purist mathematicians, who might benefit quite a lot from this book, anyway].
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless poems 1 Jan 2010
I really like this book. i bought it for my eng. lit. subject at school. It's got lots of different poems. It is a good book to go through when it's raining outside or when you have a few hours free to read. Each poem is like a short story. This poetry book is recommended for edexcel AS english literature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars poetry anthology 24 Feb 2010
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Interesting and varied choice of poetry, thoughtfully chosen. A valuable addition to any poetry collection.
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