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on 5 November 2015
It's noticeable that none of the reviewers here have anything to say about the poetry, which is dauntingly clever - brilliant even - but for the most part spiteful and dislikeable, even vicious (Witchcraft by a Picture is particularly nasty). Amatory pieces such as The Flea and The Sunne Rising are good fun, and some of the elegies are amusing. However, the stuff dedicated to various rich and powerful people (Sir Henry Wotton, for example) is inert now, sea wrack left high and dry by history, other than for the academic critic, and the religious work leaves me cold, being about only ten per cent as good as the sensational George Herbert (buy now poetry lovers!). Talking of academic critics, Roy Booth does the honours here, with a jaunty superiority to the people he writes about - "These men would not have cut the mustard in a New Critical class trained to analyse just the verbal artefact" - but with illuminating notes that explain many of the poet's more esoteric allusions. I admire JD for his artistic genius but I don't much like him - something of that later religious fervour permeates all his work - and at the end of the day that's what should matter to readers.
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on 4 August 2012
This book has everything that I needed for my english literature a-level. All the relevent poems aswell as some extra ones that helped with context. There was a prologue that was also really helpful in learning about the poet and his background. I also found the notes on the poems at the back of the book helpful in filling in gaps in my knowledge about how words and thier meanings may have changed.
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on 23 November 2010
This is an amazing buy! The detailed notes that come inside the book have been much help during my alevels!!
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VINE VOICEon 26 March 2016
Would be improved by being the collected works rather than just the collected poems, but the editing is otherwise thoughtful and precise, the accompanying commentary helpful and the effect well-judged
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on 6 February 2015
This was bought as a gift, but we have all enjoyed dipping into it, the notes were very helpful.
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on 5 May 2015
Great thanks
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on 25 August 2014
Good for a level course
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on 1 November 2015
good
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on 23 September 2014
excellent
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