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Selected Poems [Paperback]

W.S. Graham
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22 Jan 1996

When T.S. Eliot wrote of W.S. Graham's collection, The Nightfishing, that 'some of these poems - by their sustained power, their emotional depth and maturity and their superb technical skill - may well be among the more important poetical achievements of our time', he could not have stated the truth more clearly.

Graham's career, which ended with his death in 1986, followed a pattern of steady refinement of vision and ever-deepening enquiry. In Selected Poems, taken from both the publications of his lifetime and posthumous volumes, and containing at least one major poem never collected before, the full stature of this still insufficiently appreciated genius is revealed.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (22 Jan 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571176593
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571176595
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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W. S. Graham was born in Greenock in 1918 and lived most of his adult life in Cornwall. His first book of poems, Cage Without Grievance, was published in 1942, and his original Collected Poems in 1979. Two further books, Uncollected Poems (1990) and Aimed at Nobody (1993), were published after his death in 1986.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I LEAVE THIS AT YOUR EAR 2 Jan 2014
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Graham wrote poems with a narrative,often a location and sometimes a plot.He believed an 'as is moment ' happens to both the poem andits reader when the poem is read aloud.(A poet after my own heart).The words, from another mouth change, and also change the reader. None more so perhaps than his 'Imagine a Forest' or his evocative short poem to his wife 'I leave this at your door for when you awake'.Truly a poet to listen to by reading aloud so the words remain in your ear. One of the modern greats of the 20th century English language poet roll call.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Graham's Poems, not Halpern's 27 Nov 2001
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Contrary to the editorial review above, this volume contains selected poems by W.S. Graham, and not by this Halpern character at all. It is an adequate selection of Sydney Graham's poetry, containing the full text of 'The Nightfishing", his key modernist poem, selections from the 'Letters' and all the best known later poems - 'Malcolm Mooney's Land', 'Clusters Travelling Outward', etc.
Nothing to do with Halpern, I promise.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Who's Halpern? 27 Feb 2004
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Heavan knows who Halpern is, but Graham was a marvellous poet, and this selection of his searching, wry and warm poetry is too small. Even the smaller poems - O Why Are You So Bright? for example - are as intriguing as the longer The Nightfishing, or Johann Joachim Quantzes Five Lessons.
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