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The Dead Sea Poems [Paperback]

Simon Armitage
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5 Nov 2001
Simon Armitage is the most widely and unreservedly praised poet of his generation. The Dead Sea Poems, his fourth collection, culminates in a long visionary poem, 'Five Eleven Ninety Nine'. Elsewhere, questions of belief and trust, of identity and knowledge, dealt with as they occur in everyday domestic life, contribute to a picture of our contemporary world that is at once realistic and touched with a unique imaginative intensity.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber (5 Nov 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571176003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571176007
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 13 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield. A recipient of numerous prizes and awards, he has published ten collections of poetry, including Selected Poems (2001), Seeing Stars (2010) and his acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2007). A broadcaster and presenter, he also writes extensively for television and radio, is the author of two novels, the bestselling memoir All Points North (1998) and Walking Home (2012), his poetic journey along the Pennine Way. In 2010 he received the CBE for services to poetry.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of Fresh Air. 30 July 2006
I studied this book for English AS Level. Most of the texts we recieved during the year were dissapointing and i began to loathe the authors we had to study. Thankfully Simon Armitage was a complete breath of fresh air.

The first poem we read and deconstructed was 'I Say I Say I Say' which is moving and loaded with emotion.

Armitage has an interesting and personal style of writing that sets him apart from his modern contenders.

Since i read this book, Armitage has become without a doubt my favourite poet.

I strongly recommend this book to all with an interest in contemporary poetry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best. 1 April 2013
By garfman
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Hadn't read Simon Armitage until looking at one of his poems with a GCSE class. He's witty enough to interest the kids, technical enough to interest the curriculum bods, and reflective enough to interest my own penchant for melancholia. And overall, this anthology is experimental, original, and well worth a dip in to.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I Say I Say I Say 8 Feb 2005
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I must confess that I'm not a big fan of poetry. And to begin with... I hated this book. I'm studying it for English AS-level so that doesn't help things really. At first glance the poems seemed very obscure and unconventional and had no clear meaning - which I disliked.
But the more I reread the poems, the more I like that you can read so many different things into them and I like their quirkiness. My favourite is "I Say I Say I Say" which is a pretty vivid but play-down account of a suicide attempt. It's also encouraging to read poetry that is very un-cliched and original.
However this is not going to convert people like me into poetry fanatics and I feel Armitage's other collections are probably better introductions to his work and unique style. This makes fairly bleak reading as a lot of the poems focus around depression, self-harm and the search for some kind of meaning in life.
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