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From the Heart,
This review is from: Tony Harrison. Selected Poems (Paperback)
Poetry is difficult. There. Said it. And you need to persevere to discover its true meaning and worth.
Yet, Harrison is one of many exceptions to these pre set ideas.
In this book (especially in the School of Eloquence sequence) there is a wealth of genuinely accessible poetry about loss, community, and familial relationships. Whilst, at its core, there is the heart rending, and on-going story, of the scholarship boy displaced from his home, his family and his class by his education.
If you get the chance, try Book Ends, a beautiful sonnet about the uneasy relationship between a father and son and the gulf that exists between them following the death of the mother / wife. And you would have to possess a hard heart indeed not to be touched by the gently moving Long Distance.