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River: Poems by Ted Hughes
River: Poems by Ted Hughes
by Ted Hughes
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Poetry, 15 Feb 2013
My overall impression of these poems is that they are full of light and insight. Luminous in quality. Compellingly brilliant work overall. Use of metaphors amazing in some instances. Very cleverly carries metaphors through quite long sections of poems, rather than just dotting metaphorical references around, as some lesser poets do, who can't seem to, "take them the distance they could otherwise go". Loved the different characterisations of the River in different moods, seasons and situations. However, sometimes feel the endings of some poems are a little disappointing. Just occasionally, the poet loses the momentum towards the end, and the poetry is less convincing at the ends, than the beginning and middles of poems. But generally an exceptional work.


A Short History Of Myth
A Short History Of Myth
by Karen Armstrong
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant but short, 15 Feb 2013
This short history of myth is brilliant as a short work which I read at great speed. Compelling and insightful for 150 odd pages. However, you do feel some of her own theories are in there, but why not? After all, does anyone know how early man (and woman ) felt in pre history times? It was a compelling idea to present their feelings about the natural world as ambivalent. These feelings thus feed into the need for myth making. I did also feel she conflates "myths" with, "religion" rather a lot. I guess sometimes they are the same thing, sometimes not. Also one generally had the feeling that "myth as religion" is a human product or creation, that is religion is really, "humans best myth making idea". In other words, if God did not exist, then humans would have to have created him/her in order to deal with the complexity of their feelings about being human at all. However, overall, a brilliant summary and introduction to human myth making over many thousands of years.A Short History Of Myth


Poems: The Centenary Edition
Poems: The Centenary Edition
by Elizabeth Bishop
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.49

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well laid out collection, with some excellent facsimilie reproductions, 20 Jan 2013
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A real highlight of this publication is the Appendix: Selected Unpublished Manuscript Poems. Each poem is reproduced in facsimilie on the left hand side of the page with the modern text printing on the right hand side. From a poet's perspective it is fascinating to see what appears as, "work in progress" on the facsimilies. Elizabeth is revealed working through her ideas and there are crossings out and amendments aplenty to give clues to her lines of thought in each case. The New and Uncollected sections are also invaluable. I personally like the large, weighty paperback as it gives plenty of space for reproduction of each poem. However, this is quite a, "bulky book" which a largish number of, "white and blank spaces" either on the left hand side, opposite or below the reproduction of certain poems. As a, "voice", Elizabeth's work takes some getting used to. She is said to be the, "poet's poet". However, in this category, I would equally rate Ted Hughes. His collection, "River" must be a master work.


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