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Simon Armitage
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6 Aug 2001
This selection provides a perfect introduction to Armitage's work as well as offering a timely retrospective of one of the brightest stars of contemporary poetry. Made by Simon Armitage himself from his poetry to date, Selected Poems includes work from six published volumes, from Zoom! (1989) through to the poem commissioned for the Millennium, Killing Time.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (6 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571210767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571210763
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 13.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Armitage creates a muscular but elegant language of his own out of slangy, youthful, up-to-the-minute jargon and the vernacular of his native northern England. He combines this with an easily worn erudition, plenty of nous and the benefit of unblinkered experience... to produce poems of moving originality.' Peter Reading, Sunday Times; 'Armitage writes with wit and feeling about experiences and conditions which poetry often turns its back on.' Jamie McKendrick, Independent; 'Of the fresh faces that have enlivened poetry over the last half-dozen years, none has loomed larger or fresher than that of Simon Armitage.' Mick Imlah, Vogue

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We are pleased to announce the publication of eleven more titles into the new typographic look. The specifications for the books are high -beautifully produced, they all have flaps and are sewn and printed in Italy. The latest batch represents some of the core titles of the backlist (Philip Larkin's Collected Poems, Ted Hughes's New Selected Poems, James Joyce's Poems and Shorter Writings) along with key, single volumes that should be part of any poetry lover's library (and whose reissue, in the form in which they were first published, will give a whole new generation the pleasure of coming to the books as original readers).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for starters 18 Jun 2004
Format:Paperback
I became interested in Simon Armitage via the Tom McRae album, Just like Blood, so when I searched for a volume of Simon Armitage poetry this is what I found. I have discovered my favourite poet here. I love many of the poems but my favourites are from Book of Matches and The Dead Sea Poems, both of which I now have firmly rooted in my growing poetry collection.
I Say I Say I Say from The Dead Sea Poems is my absolute favourite, no doubt about it. This volume is fantastic for anyone who is curious about Simon Armitage, trust me, it will not be a disappointment when it arrives through the letter box.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simon Armitage. 19 Jan 2014
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Wonderful little collection and brings back memories of GCSE English lit! Lovely read for all, very in depth and thought provoking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 13 Jan 2014
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Wonderful selection of poems. Bought for my husband as he has read a few of Simons books before so this was a slightly different slant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Armitage poems 3 Nov 2013
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This was a present to my wife. From her comments I think that she has enjoyed the collection together with the associated volumes.
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By Giselle
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I read this while 'doing' Poetry for OU A215 Creative Writing, a course which I had taken to improve my prose writing skills. So, poetry was a bit of a departure, and we were being asked to look more at contemporary poetry styles rather than villanelles etc. I felt uncomfortable. This collection was great as the voice is so fresh, and the poet (one feels like referring to him as 'Simon' after reading the book) makes the reader feel so comfortable in the writing.
And then as you look closer, you discover all the word magic - rhythm, sound patterns, imagery - that goes into poetry.
I got a decent mark for my Poetry assignment, so it must have done something!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to his poetry 25 April 2013
By S. Eden
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Recent convert to Simon's poems ... find some of them difficult to understand but a really good selection in this book.
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