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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; Third Impression edition (2 Dec. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140587195
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140587197
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 0.8 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Prestwich on 30 Dec. 2012
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This is a book of tremendous power, though the would-be buyer might be better to go for the new Yellow Tulips, which contains all or most of the poems in this collection together with a selection of Fenton's earlier and later work.

One thing that makes this volume unusual is the way many of its poems, particularly the political ones, combine raw power, passion and the kind of stripped, muscular, driving rhythms and strong rhymes you find in Kipling's work with subtleties and complexities of thought that suddenly reveal themselves as you reread the poems. Fenton is a great political poet because he knows there are no simple solutions - perhaps ultimately there are no solutions at all - to the problems he writes about. The horrors and atrocities described in poems like "Jerusalem", "Out of the East" and "The Ballad of the Imam and the Shah" grow out of something deeply rooted in our natures, in life itself - as is suggested in "The Milkfish Gatherers" with its lovely music and horrifying images of human and natural predation. The anger of the political poems, it seems to me, is not simply or even primarily directed at the perpetrators of atrocity but at those who fail to see how hard, how nearly impossible it is to break the cycle of atrocity once it has been started, how implicated in it we all are. This is a poetry that opens our eyes, that forces us to see - often uncomfortably - even if seeing only leaves us feeling compassion and remorse.

Of course Fenton is not only a great political poet. This volume also has haunting, often disturbing love lyrics.
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By C. M. Hammett on 16 Feb. 2011
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I had heard one of the poems from this book at a reading and had enjoyed it so much that I bought the book. However, the other poems in it disappointed me.
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Bought this book of poems for a hard copy of Hinterhof. My wife and I used it as a reading at our wedding and it was beautiful.
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After all the hype, after all the wonderful things I had heard about James Fenton, I was expecting a great collection of poetry when I picked up Out of Danger. Boy was I disappointed. Fenton spent too much time trying to be political or to vague in his writing. There were a couple of bright spots in the collection. The title poem is one of the best he has ever written and there is another poem, "In Paris With You" which isn't a great poem, but it is a charming one that I think you'll find as wonderful as I do.
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