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For and After Paperback – 3 Jul 2003

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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (3 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571218075
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571218073
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.7 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,354,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Reid is a poet who lives on in the mind, becomes part of one's own inner vocabulary. In every poetic generation there are not more than one or two like that'. Poetry Review

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For and After is Christopher Reid's fourth collection of poems to be published by Faber and Faber, and his first since Expanded Universes in 1996. It consists, more or less half and half, of poems bearing dedications to friends, colleagues and loved ones, and translations or versions of works in foreign languages, including a passage from The Odyssey and a miscellany of pieces by Horace, Leopardi, Baudelaire, Rilke and others. By turns intimate and affectionate, satirical and mischievous, For and After is a dazzling insight into one of the most imaginative minds in the business.

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Attractive mix of translations (after..) and personal verses (for..). Reid's take on Animula Vagula, known to most of us, probably, through TS Eliot and translated gazillions of times (there's a site listing forty three*) is a winner. Why people persist in tackling Verlaine I find baffling (it's all about the music** and rien d'autre, like a superior Swinburne) but, undaunted, Reid takes on Valéry and Mallarmé aussi, as well as a pleasingly cosy Baudelairean paean to his pipe. The personal poems are generally less successful, but Reid's sustained late flowering is a joy to witness

* including Vaughan, Prior, Pope, Byron, Charles Tennyson Turner and all manner of lesser lights, including one Moribundus(!) - but not Stevie Smith

** Ô saisons ô châteaux, quelle âme est sans défauts. Oh, that's Rimbaud - my education is deficient - but he was channelling his sometime mentor. Whatever, French schoolchildren are put off this sort of thing for life (perhaps cunning aversion therapy is the plan?) along with La Fontaine - who wrote for ADULTS (and is another one anglophony persistently makes over, in this case to continued remarkable effect; this is a poet we are comfortable with!)
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