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The Collected Poems of William Wordsworth (Wordsworth Poetry Library)
The Collected Poems of William Wordsworth (Wordsworth Poetry Library)
by William Wordsworth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £3.59

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Life Changing Experience, 20 Feb 2011
William Wordsworth is another favourite of mine.

As others have wisely noted he had the great misfortune to live a very long life and fulfil those very fears in his early best work that his poetic vision was fading as he was ageing. He became the thing he had despised.

I remember first coming upon him as an adolescent and I was just stunned by the beauty and simplicity of his verse in its expressions of the beauty of nature and how the philosophical mind engaged with nature. I was in tune with his sad decline of the sublime vision of childhood and the possibilities of re-discovering that vision in the workings of nature `recollected in tranquillity'. My God, he changed me!

Then, when you've read and re-read the Intimations of Immortality and Tintern Abbey you discover the Lucy poems!

Of course Wordsworth is going to feature heavily in my novel `A Song for Jo' . He has an influence on the intellectual and emotional development of the two main characters, Jo and Chris, who are college students studying English. Other great literature from Keats, Emily Bronte and Shakespeare (and more) is worked into the narrative. It is a love story with a difference!

People of all ages and sex have enjoyed it.

It's available on Amazon - please follow the link.

A Song for Jo


Sons and Lovers (Wordsworth Classics)
Sons and Lovers (Wordsworth Classics)
by D.H. Lawrence
Edition: Paperback
Price: £1.89

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Psychological Insight, 20 Feb 2011
This is a great novel, a masterpiece.

It is full of deep psychological insight and it helps if you have a smattering of the ideas of Freud and Jung. With these ideas it's possible to decode just how damaging it is to a child, when the mother switches the love she had for her husband to the son. Add to the already explosive mix a drunken and physically abusive father then there is no escape for Paul (the Lawrence figure in this highly autobiographical story).

After such a brutal upbringing, there is surprisingly, a positive ending, where the young man chooses life over death. His relationships with Miriam and Clara have allowed him some normal development, although, in particular, with Miriam there is much grief as the mother sees her as a rival for Paul's love.

Reading, studying and then having the joy of sharing the novel with young people, when I taught it at `A' Level has been one of the high points of my life.

In my own novel `A Song for Jo' Lawrence has an influence on the intellectual and emotional development of the two main characters, Jo and Chris, who are college students studying English. Other great literature from Keats, Emily Bronte and Shakespeare (and more) is worked into the narrative. It is a love story with a difference!

People of all ages and sex have enjoyed it.

It's available on Amazon - please follow the link.

A Song for Jo


Women in Love (Oxford World's Classics)
Women in Love (Oxford World's Classics)
by D. H. Lawrence
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.83

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece, 20 Feb 2011
This is, like `The Rainbow' and `Sons and Lovers', a masterpiece.

It was originally intended to be all one story with `The Rainbow', but by the time Lawrence got to writing `Women in Love' his powers and confidence as an artist had grown. The Ursula character was to have carried the Laurentian message forward into the second story with extra force, because we would have a full understanding of the development of her mind to the point where she meets Birkin. However we find in `Women in Love' that the voice of Lawrence is with Birkin and Ursula is a slightly diminished character, who often finds herself challenging him.

The result of this is to mean you can read to the two novels separately and be satisfied with both as single pieces of great fiction.

Reading, studying and then having the joy of sharing the work of Lawrence with young people, when I taught him at `A' Level has been one of the high points of my life.

In my own novel `A Song for Jo' Lawrence has an influence on the intellectual and emotional development of the two main characters, Jo and Chris, who are college students studying English. Other great literature from Keats, Emily Bronte and Shakespeare (and more) is worked into the narrative. It is a love story with a difference!

People of all ages and sex have enjoyed it.

It's available on Amazon - please follow the link.

A Song for Jo


Women in Love (Vintage Classics)
Women in Love (Vintage Classics)
by D H Lawrence
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.24

5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece, 20 Feb 2011
This is, like `The Rainbow' and `Sons and Lovers', a masterpiece.

It was originally intended to be all one story with `The Rainbow', but by the time Lawrence got to writing `Women in Love' his powers and confidence as an artist had grown. The Ursula character was to have carried the Laurentian message forward into the second story with extra force, because we would have a full understanding of the development of her mind to the point where she meets Birkin. However we find in `Women in Love' that the voice of Lawrence is with Birkin and Ursula is a slightly diminished character, who often finds herself challenging him.

The result of this is to mean you can read to the two novels separately and be satisfied with both as single pieces of great fiction.

Reading, studying and then having the joy of sharing the work of Lawrence with young people, when I taught him at `A' Level has been one of the high points of my life.

In my own novel `A Song for Jo' Lawrence has an influence on the intellectual and emotional development of the two main characters, Jo and Chris, who are college students studying English. Other great literature from Keats, Emily Bronte and Shakespeare (and more) is worked into the narrative. It is a love story with a difference!

People of all ages and sex have enjoyed it.

It's available on Amazon - please follow the link.

A Song for Jo


The Fox, The Captain's Doll, The Ladybird: WITH The Captain's Doll (Penguin Classics)
The Fox, The Captain's Doll, The Ladybird: WITH The Captain's Doll (Penguin Classics)
by D. H. Lawrence
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Fox - Lawrence at his best., 20 Feb 2011
This short novel is one of my Lawrence favourites.

In it there are four characters, if you include the fox! The setting is a farm in England during the 1st World War. Jill Banford and Ellen March are two women in their late 20s, who run the farm without any male help. They are having a lesbian relationship. A fox disturbs their quiet existence by killing some of their hens. As March is the more masculine of the two she takes on the role of hunter, but finds she cannot kill the fox. He seems to have an animal, instinctual, male power over her.

A man, Henry Grenfield, arrives and quickly attends to all the things that need sorting on the farm. He is interested in March and soon arouses a similar interest in her for him. The rest of the story details the fight for Ellen between Jill and Henry. Henry, as part of this fight, kills the fox. This is presented by Lawrence in an almost mystical way, as Henry describes how his will and his desire will triumph over the fox's will and desire.

Reading, studying and then having the joy of sharing the work of Lawrence with young people, when I taught him at `A' Level has been one of the high points of my life.

In my own novel `A Song for Jo' Lawrence has an influence on the intellectual and emotional development of the two main characters, Jo and Chris, who are college students studying English. Other great literature from Keats, Emily Bronte and Shakespeare (and more) is worked into the narrative. It is a love story with a difference!

People of all ages and sex have enjoyed it.

It's available on Amazon - please follow the link.

A Song for Jo


The Virgin and The Gipsy & Other Stories (Wordsworth Classics)
The Virgin and The Gipsy & Other Stories (Wordsworth Classics)
by D.H. Lawrence
Edition: Paperback
Price: £1.89

0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Central Female Character's Development into Womanhood, 19 Feb 2011
This is another great story by Lawrence, where he charts the emotional and sexual development of his central female character, Yvette. In it the power of the Gypsy as a conduit to Yvette's self- awareness is portrayed as almost mystical.

The novella has a list of strongly drawn characters. Her family, nasty characters all, apart from her sister, all have a view of what Yvette should be and that includes the boy who wants to marry her. Their expectations are stifling for the girl.

It takes a flood (for Lawrence a cleansing ablution) before Yvette can finally be free.

Reading, studying and then having the joy of sharing the work of Lawrence with young people, when I taught him at `A' Level has been one of the high points of my life.

In my own novel `A Song for Jo' Lawrence has an influence on the intellectual and emotional development of the two main characters, Jo and Chris, who are college students studying English. Other great literature from Keats, Emily Bronte and Shakespeare (and more) is worked into the narrative. It is a love story with a difference!

People of all ages and sex have enjoyed it.

It's available on Amazon - please follow the link.

A Song for Jo


Women in Love (Wordsworth Classics)
Women in Love (Wordsworth Classics)
by D.H. Lawrence
Edition: Paperback
Price: £1.89

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece, 19 Feb 2011
This is, like `The Rainbow' and `Sons and Lovers', a masterpiece.

It was originally intended to be all one story with `The Rainbow', but by the time Lawrence got to writing `Women in Love' his powers and confidence as an artist had grown. The Ursula character was to have carried the Laurentian message forward into the second story with extra force, because we would have a full understanding of the development of her mind to the point where she meets Birkin. However we find in `Women in Love' that the voice of Lawrence is with Birkin and Ursula is a slightly diminished character, who often finds herself challenging him.

The result of this is to mean you can read to the two novels separately and be satisfied with both as single pieces of great fiction.

Reading, studying and then having the joy of sharing the work of Lawrence with young people, when I taught him at `A' Level has been one of the high points of my life.

In my own novel `A Song for Jo' Lawrence has an influence on the intellectual and emotional development of the two main characters, Jo and Chris, who are college students studying English. Other great literature from Keats, Emily Bronte and Shakespeare (and more) is worked into the narrative. It is a love story with a difference!

People of all ages and sex have enjoyed it.

It's available on Amazon - please follow the link.

A Song for Jo


The Rainbow (Wordsworth Classics)
The Rainbow (Wordsworth Classics)
by D.H. Lawrence
Edition: Paperback
Price: £1.89

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece, 19 Feb 2011
This is, like `Women in Love' and `Sons and Lovers', a masterpiece.

It was originally intended to be all one story with `Women in Love', but by the time Lawrence got to writing `Women in Love' his powers and confidence as an artist had grown. The Ursula character was to have carried the Laurentian message forward into the second story with extra force, because we would have a full understanding of the development of her mind to the point where she meets Birkin. However we find in `Women in Love' that the voice of Lawrence is with Birkin and Ursula is a slightly diminished character, who often finds herself challenging him.

The result of this is to mean you can read to the two novels separately and be satisfied with both as single pieces of great fiction.

Reading, studying and then having the joy of sharing the work of Lawrence with young people, when I taught him at `A' Level has been one of the high points of my life.

In my own novel `A Song for Jo' Lawrence has an influence on the intellectual and emotional development of the two main characters, Jo and Chris, who are college students studying English. Other great literature from Keats, Emily Bronte and Shakespeare (and more) is worked into the narrative. It is a love story with a difference!

People of all ages and sex have enjoyed it.

It's available on Amazon - please follow the link.

A Song for Jo


Sons and Lovers (Penguin Classics)
Sons and Lovers (Penguin Classics)
by D. H. Lawrence
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.23

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Psychological Insight, 19 Feb 2011
This is a great novel, a masterpiece.

It is full of deep psychological insight and it helps if you have a smattering of the ideas of Freud and Jung. With these ideas it's possible to decode just how damaging it is to a child, when the mother switches the love she had for her husband to the son. Add to the already explosive mix a drunken and physically abusive father then there is no escape for Paul (the Lawrence figure in this highly autobiographical story).

After such a brutal upbringing, there is surprisingly, a positive ending, where the young man chooses life over death. His relationships with Miriam and Clara have allowed him some normal development, although, in particular, with Miriam there is much grief as the mother sees her as a rival for Paul's love.

Reading, studying and then having the joy of sharing the novel with young people, when I taught it at `A' Level has been one of the high points of my life.

In my own novel `A Song for Jo' Lawrence has an influence on the intellectual and emotional development of the two main characters, Jo and Chris, who are college students studying English. Other great literature from Keats, Emily Bronte and Shakespeare (amongst others) is worked into the narrative. It is a love story with a difference!

People of all ages and sex have enjoyed it.

It's available on Amazon - please follow the link.

A Song for Jo


Bright Star: The Complete Poems and Selected Letters (Vintage Classics)
Bright Star: The Complete Poems and Selected Letters (Vintage Classics)
by John Keats
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly Beautiful, 19 Feb 2011
I agree. He is a great, poetic genius. As an English teacher, in the past, I was lucky enough to teach him at A' Level.

I've integrated one of his great poems, `La Belle Dame Sans Merci.', into the narrative of my novel in a crucial love scene between the two main characters, Chris and Jo. When I saw `Bright Star' I thought Jane Campion has ripped my idea off, the similarities are unnerving! Of course it's just coincidence. Her writing is brilliant of course and I believe the same can be said of mine!

A major theme in my novel `A Song for Jo is the attempt by a young couple of English students to live and love by the ideals expressed in some great Literature. The novel explores, in the narrative, how the force of great literature can inform and develop a receptive, creative mind, making it a love story with a difference!

People of all ages and sex have liked it a lot. It's also got a stunning Pre-Raphaelite art work on the cover to complement the Keats and Tennyson poetry worked in there.

It's available on Amazon - please follow the link.

A Song for Jo


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