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Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid [Hardcover]

Simon Armitage
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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2 Sep 2008
From one of the most important British poets at work today comes a brilliant new collection that meditates on human battles past and present, on youth and age, on monsters and underdogs, on the life of nations and the individual heart.

In Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid, we meet a writer who speaks naturally, and with frankness and restraint, for his culture. Armitage witnesses the pathos of women at work in the mock-Tudor Merrie England coffeehouses and gives us a backstage take on the world of Oliver Twist and the Artful Dodger. He makes a gift to the reader of the sympathy and misery and grit buried in his nation’s collective consciousness: in the distant battle depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry and in the daily lives and petty crimes of ordinary people. In poems that are sometimes lyrical, sometimes brash and comic, and full of living voices, the extraordinary and the mythic grow out of the ordinary, and figures of diminishment and tragedy shine forth as mysterious, uncelebrated exemplars. Armitage tells us ruefully that “the future was a beautiful place, once,” and with a steady eye out for the odd mystery or joyous scrap of experience, examines our complex present instead.

AFTER THE HURRICANE

Some storm that was, to shoulder-charge the wall
in my old man’s back yard and knock it flat.
But the greenhouse is sound, the chapel of glass
we glazed one morning. We glazed with morning.
And so is the hut. And so is the shed.

We sit in the ruins and drink. He smokes.
Back when, we would have built that wall again.
But today it’s enough to drink and smoke
amongst mortar and bricks, here at the empire’s end.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group; 1 edition (2 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307268411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307268419
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 15 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,053,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'A masterpiece of restraint, passion, tenderness and elegy.' Independent 'Shows why Armitage continues to be one of the best poets around.' Observer Books of the Year" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A new collection of poems from the winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Armitage still has it, in spades 17 July 2007
Format:Hardcover
I've read almost all his work and I say without hesitation that he still has the stuff here. His wit and insight are in fine form. I look forward to new Armitage books the way I look forward to new releases from my favorite bands. Simon continues to rock.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great poet 7 Oct 2011
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I love Simon Armitage and I love this book, hilarious and thoughtful! The book arrived promptly and as described- a good buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favourites 15 Jan 2013
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Wonderful writing of thoughts, feelings and human beings. Simon Armitage's work I recommend to all buy and just love his poetry
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3.0 out of 5 stars One for fans only 13 April 2007
Format:Hardcover
If you're new to Simon Armitage's poetry, you may be wondering what the fuss may be about after reading Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus the Corduroy Kid.

The collection, for the most part, lacks the sparkle and wit of Armitage's earlier poetry seen in Zoom! and The Dead Sea Poems. There are some jewels here, such as 'Surtsey' and 'Roadshow' but most of the poems fall flat with their dull language and lack of imagination.

If you're after something with more punch, try District & Circle by Seamus Heaney or Horse Latitudes by Paul Muldoon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haven't read the book yet... 16 Oct 2011
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Format:Hardcover
... so I will review the service, which has been prompt and honest from the seller. The state of the book was immaculate, and so the packaging. Looking forward to buying from you again!
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