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Selected Poems (Cape Poetry) [Paperback]

Michael Longley
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15 Oct 1998 Cape Poetry
Celebrated for his lyrical intensity, his metaphysical wit, his thematic and formal range, Michael Longley is widely regarded as one of the finest poets in these islands. His life in Northern Ireland has contributed to the complexity of a poetic universe in which love, friendship and aesthetics contend with war, death and violence. There are no hard boundaries between Longley's love poetry, his nature poetry, his war poetry and his elegies. Longley looks to the poets of Greece and Rome, particularly Homer and Ovid, and to the poets of the two world wars. His great ability, perhaps, has been to distill the large and difficult themes into highly concentrated forms. This is Michael Longley's own selection from thirty years of writing; it reveals the strength and coherence of an extraordinary body of work.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd; New edition edition (15 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224050354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224050357
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,335,608 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"His work indicates one of the gifts of the major poet, of making the one life speak for all, and its corollary, of seeming to be able to speak to anyone." (Sean O'Brien)

"Michael Longley's affectionate metre, his clean-cut and lucid measure, is one of the most distinguished accomplishments in contemporary poetry." (Douglas Dunn)

"A keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of grief and wonders." (Seamus Heaney) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Re-packaged with a new introductory essay and apparatus for MacNeice's centenary in 2007 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
There are, perhaps, only a few times in your life when you pick up a book and read lines of poetry that seem so utterly vital and profoundly insightful that the poet's words begin to revolutionise the way you perceive the world: to filter reality back to you in thrilling and terrifying new forms. This was my experience of Louis MacNeice's poems when I first read them and after the initial excitement of discovering a true virtuoso in verse, i found, on re-reading, MacNeice that there was wisdom and genius in his poems which continues to resonate ever more deeply through my consciousness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MacNeice for me 16 Dec 2009
By Petros
I am ashamed to say this poet was unknown to me and would have remained so until I saw a programme on TV and purchased at Amazon. There is so much I want to say but nothing will be a substitute for reading the Selected Poems of Louis MacNeice for yourself, better still, go to an isolated place and read them out loud.

You will find much comfort and demanding challenge for having met up with this wonderful man - may joy go with you (and him).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading for lovers of Poetry 4 Aug 2013
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I can recommend Louis MacNeice to anyone who has not read any of his poetry. A master of his trade and although categorised by association of friendship and era with Auden, Spender and Day-Lewis (1930'S) his work is different altogether. An essential choice of reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The finest contemporary Irish poet 17 April 2000
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Michael Longley is unusual not only because he has the courage, in these ironic, post-modern days, to write with an intense lyricism. What is more unusual still is that this lyricism, this music, springs less from the play of sound than from the power and clarity of his thoughts. For example, the first four lines of this poem about the sectarian conflicts in Northern Ireland: Some people tried to stop other people wearing poppies/ And ripped them from lapels as though uprooting poppies/ From Flanders fields, but the others hid inside their poppies/ Razor blades and added to their poppies more red poppies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great collection 1 Feb 2014
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This collection is another valuable book of poetry to have, well presented by Wake Forest University Press. Thank you and best wishes.
5.0 out of 5 stars A poet new to me proves wonderful 9 Oct 2013
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I learned of this poet through a review in the NYTBR of a new edition of the selected poems. I was not expecting such beautiful poems. I find myself more and more turned off by contemporary poets. Macneice writes beautifully of love, native land(Ireland) and and the state of affairs of the early to mid 20th century. The poems vary in length and I am still working through them. My early favorite is "Meeting Place" the last stanza ending "Time was away and she was here"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love MacNeice 2 May 2008
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I personally love Louis MacNeice's poetry- this collection has some truly beautiful moments and a few that send chills up you spine with their continuing connection to our world.
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