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on 1 November 2012
Kathleen Raine (1908-2003) was an extraordinary poet and critic, married to the poet and sociologist Charles Madge (1912-1996). Her poetry has an intense spiritual quality, inspired by the wild, rugged landscape of Scotland where her mother was born. Her first published collection was `Stone and Flower' in 1943, followed by `Living in Time' (1946), `The Pythoness' (1949), `The Year One' (1952), `The Hollow Hill' (1965), `The Lost Country' (1971), `On a Deserted Shore' (1973), `The Oval Portrait' (1977), `The Oracle in the Heart' (1980), `The Presence' (1987) and `Living with Mystery' (1992).
Kathleen also produced three volumes of autobiography and wrote critically on William Blake and the Neoplatonic tradition, which reflected the sense of beauty and intense mystical and visionary aspect of her poetry celebrating the vitality of the world around us.
`Towards us out of the dark blew such sweet air/ It was the warm breath of the spirit, I knew, / Fragrant with wild thyme that grew/ In childhood's fields; he led me on, / Touched a thin partition, and was gone.' [The Hollow Hill].
The Collected poems were first published in 1981 and this later edition edited by Brian Keeble and published in 2000 by Golgonooza Press is of a very high standard and makes a beautiful gift for all lovers of poetry. Simply wonderful!
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on 7 May 2011
Initially discovered her work through the title of 'ring of bright water' by Gavin Maxwell and cannot believe that I have never read her works before. Absolute joy! And I recommend her poetry to all age groups.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 24 September 2014
A definitive collection and a first rate edition of the works of one of Britain's leading poets who comes within a literary and mystical tradition that includes both Blake and Yeats. Highly recommended.
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on 5 April 2015
Wonderful poems - I just love them
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