Fred Beake

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Migration: New & Selected Poems by W. S. Merwin
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hidden Master, 4 Jun 2014
I was aware of Merwin as someone vaguely in the Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath grouping back in the Sixties, but I was not aware he had done very much as a poet till I recently came across the fairly short Selected Poems that Bloodaxe published. This led me to buy Migration, which is a very substantial Selected published in the States, virtually an edited Collected.

I am deeply impressed, as I have been by very few American poets of the last thirty or forty years. There is a constantly developing style and subjects that rarely repeat. There is an awareness of the world perceived through the mind, which makes for a quality of imagination that is rare in modern writing and perhaps owes… Read more
The Education of Eliza Smith by Jane Fairweather
The Education of Eliza Smith by Jane Fairweather
Definitely not my normal cup of tea, but a very solid lively book, which I like rather in spite of myself. The central character Eliza goes through many woes, but comes through to a successful if unorthodox marriage and a successful career. There is a nice tension between American and English mores at the turn of the last century. The more erotic elements are handled in a less way out fashion than in a lot of similar publications, and are none the worse for that. The book has strong erotic elements, but is a very reasonable novel as well. I totally disagree with the one star review on, which seems to have been written after reading only the first couple of chapters. Unusual and… Read more
Robert Frost / Lawrance Thompson. Vol.1, the Early&hellip by Lawrance Roger (1906-1973) Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Still valuable, 29 Mar 2014
There is no doubt much recent good scholarship on Frost and his life, but Thompson remains valuable simply because so much of this book is the result of conversations over a long period with Frost himself, and it has a flavour of the Poet as he must have been that you do not find anywhere else.

The book seemingly contradicts the view of the Edward/Helen Thomas marriage that Helen herself put out in her much quoted novelisations, because it says that the Thomas marriage was on the verge of divource in 1912-14and Frost played his part in pulling Edward out of the state of mind that was leading to a probable divource. There is little reason to doubt that this is what Frost told… Read more

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