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Walking a Line [Paperback]

Tom Paulin
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6 Jun 1994
A collection of poems by Tom Paulin, who is also known as an essayist and from his appearances on television and radio. The title of the book is taken from a statement by the modernist painter Paul Klee.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber; Proof Copy edition (6 Jun 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571170811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571170814
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 958,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Tom Paulin was born in Leeds in 1949 but grew up in Belfast, and was educated at the universities of Hull and Oxford. He has published eight collections of poetry as well as a Selected Poems 1972-1990, two major anthologies, two versions of Greek drama, and several critical works, including The Day-Star of Liberty: William Hazlitt's Radical Style and, most recently, Crusoe's Secret: The Aesthetics of Dissent. His most recent collection of poems is The Road to Inver (2004). Well known for his appearances on the BBC's Newsnight Review, he is also the G. M. Young Lecturer in English Literature at Hertford College, Oxford.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Aye 22 Sep 2010
By Sarmad
I rather liked this when I was young, but latterly have begun to think it's a bit daft. The poets concerns are a combination of overly immature and overly temporal. It's at its best when the humour comes out. I always quote one bit: 'my language, my one language, where each word strains to utter itself like a malletty wooden turd.' That's hilarious, but not going to unseat Montaigne! (There is a nice meditation on lady parts, mind.) Actually, there is a book of essays by Paulin - what's it called? - and in the preface there is one of the nicest wee bits of writing I have ever read. I always think of it. It's to do with the stick: 'feel its lithe, slippery sappiness.' I love that! Hey Paulin!, don't be so nihilistic. Commas are alright really. Don't worry, they won't make you Heaney, right!
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