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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Books; First edition (2 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 187339005X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1873390054
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,427,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harold Monro was one of the leaders in the revolution in poetry just before the First World War, contributing through his writing, the Poetry Bookshop he established and the three periodicals he created. His reputation as a generous supporter of new talent is unquestioned. His friend, T.S. Eliot wrote, ". . . he has not simply done something better than anyone else, but has done something that no one else has done at all." Driven first by visionary hope for the future, Monro wrote on themes as diverse as war, sexuality, threats to the environment, domesticity and the death of a lover in battle. The end of his life was clouded by loss, illness and disappointment, and his poetry which Edward Thomas called "intensely interesting", naturally grew bleaker and more pessimistic. Yet as T.S. Eliot said, ". . . it is a world which we ought to visit."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patrick on 1 Mar. 2009
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Harold Monro was one of the leaders in the revolution in poetry just before the First World War, contributing through his writing, the Poetry Bookshop he established and the three periodicals he created. His reputation as a generous supporter of new talent is unquestioned. His friend, T.S. Eliot wrote, ". . . he has not simply done something better than anyone else, but has done something that no one else has done at all." Driven first by visionary hope for the future, Monro wrote on themes as diverse as war, sexuality, threats to the environment, domesticity and the death of a lover in battle. The end of his life was clouded by loss, illness and disappointment, and his poetry which Edward Thomas called "intensely interesting", naturally grew bleaker and more pessimistic. Yet as T.S. Eliot said, ". . . it is a world which we ought to visit."

Dominic Hibberd has taught at universities in Britain, the United States and China. Now a freelance author, he lives in the Cotswolds. His publications include two biographies, Harold Monro: Poet of the New Age (2000)¯described by the Sunday Times as 'gripping'¯and the much acclaimed Wilfred Owen: A New Biography (2002), as well as Wilfred Owen: The Last Year 1917-1918 (1992), Owen the Poet (1986) and various editions, anthologies and academic articles, mostly about the literature of the First World War.
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By Mgt on 17 Aug. 2011
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I bought this book after reading one of Harold Monro's poems in a novel years ago. His poems are brilliant, totally captivating, intoxicating, and memorable. Read them at your leisure,not in a hurry, and you'll always have the book by your side.
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