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Selected Poems [Kindle Edition]

Sheenagh Pugh
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Here is the best of Sheenagh Pugh’s early work: a generous and wide-ranging selection from her first four collections, together with two dozen previously unpublished pieces Notable inclusions are the prize-winning 'M.S.A' and 'Intercity Lullaby', and the much-anthologised 'Sometimes.' Throughout, a lively and enquiring mind is brought to bear on how we live and die, and how we might live more equitably. Sheenagh Pugh approaches her subject unpredictably, through Norse saga and snooker, apartheid and falling tortoises, in a poetry of invention and conviction At the heart of the book is the Earth Studies sequence, "a history of the world in 19 poems’, and the first major environmental poem of the "green" era. Set in the indeterminate future, it explores the rise of human civilisation, and abuse of the Earth, following them to their logical conclusion: the death of the planet. Ironic, lyrical, penetrating , these poems typify the craft and passion of Sheenagh Pugh’s writing. Selected Poems ends with a section of Pugh’s much-admired translations, of German poets such as Simon Dach, Andreas Gryphius and Christian Hofmann von Hofmannswaldau.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 253 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Seren (15 Nov. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A9WA81K
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #329,417 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
A strong collection of poetry makes up Sheenagh Pugh's Selected Poems.

The collection of course includes the award-winning M.S.A. and Intercity Lullaby, both highly credible poems, alongside the personal favourites from the collection "Earth Studies" (for which one must understand the context!) for example my favourite line spoken from the narrative voice of her character Christie, the professor of Earth Studies; "If you really want to know what I think about heaven, the truth is I think I lived there." - another poem I would look out for is entitled "Quetzals only come once".

A previous reviewer refers to "Sometimes" as a poem of hope; I would quickly refute this as Pugh intended the poem to be one of sadness and bitterness and a wish for what will not usually be so..! Not that poetry is not open to interpretation, and indeed, much of hers is very much open to that interpretation of every individual and his or her experience, heritage and background.

Pugh deals primarily with the issues of climate change, the use of language, and also deals with issues such as the Holocaust and alienation. I recommend the book highly and certainly advise a poetry fan to purchase it.

For those who are thinking of buying this book or have enjoyed Pugh's poetry, I would quietly point a reader to Carol Ann Duffy, our Poet Laureates books, particularly The Other Country or her Selected Poem collection..!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wide-ranging, joyful collection 10 Sept. 2004
By T. Bently VINE VOICE
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There are all sorts of ways to discover new poets. I found Pugh on a "Poems on the Undergound" poster. "Sometimes" was a wonderful meditation on hope, imbued with a bright sense of optimism, like a happy Larkin.

In this collection there are many other joys. I particulary liked "Intercity Lullaby", as the poet contemplates two football supporters sleeping on a train with something approaching maternal feeling.

Elsewhere snooker, zoos and gardening provide inspiration. Pugh is thoughtful and surprising in her unpredictability. There is scant repetition either as a literary device or in subject matter.

As the cover blurb says, "Poetry is such a rare event it is a surprise to find it bursting out all over".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry 23 Nov. 2013
By Millie
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The poems are very emotional and there are different subjects and I really love reading this book. I keep reading them over and over again and still I am amazed by the author's capture of different emotions.
A really good, inexpensive read that is a must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing, moving, spot on. 31 Mar. 2014
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An excellent selection of poems. Some are clearly political, others moving. I love the way she picks an obscure character or event from history and gives it a voice.
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beautiful sensitive poetry....I bought it because of 'sometimes' being a favourite of mine and I wanted to read more of her poetry.
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book in poor condition, although I knew it was recylced, it would be useful to be able to read it., sending it back.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sheenagh Pugh 29 April 2015
By Emily
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Interesting poet, great collection for my literature exams
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 31 Dec. 2014
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Adequate but not inspiring
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