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Collected Poems Paperback – 7 Dec 1983

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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions; Reprinted edition edition (7 Dec. 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811208826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811208826
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,956,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The poet and novelist Stevie Smith (1902-1971) seemed to spin her poems from material she found in her everyday surroundings, giving a voice to the concerns of ordinary people in her own distinctive way. She drew upon autobiographical details and wove them into her first collection which appeared in 1937 titled `A good time was had by all'. Several other collections followed but her best known work is `Not waving but drowning' (1957). There was a strange quality to Smith, as if she were a time-piece, suddenly stopped yet still chiming with those delightful poems which thrill with a child-like curiosity about life and love. The collected poems were published in 1975 and I loved the sentiments in her work with those marvellous idiosyncratic sketches of hers. Truly amazing!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great, underappreciated poet 25 Aug. 2007
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Despite all the talk about poetry being dead during the twentieth century, it was the most prolific century for poets in modern history. The English language in particular experienced a proliferation of new and original poets. Stevie Smith was, unfortunately, one of those lesser known British poets who never achieved the fame in America she had in Europe. She was not by far the greatest poet of the century; she couldn't best Pound, Eliot, Ginsberg, Berryman, Stevens, etc. However, when one reads her works, one finds a unique intellect struggling with love and death. She reminds one of a homegrown hodge-potch of Ogden Nash and Emily Dickinson. This is thoroughly rewarding reading for anybody, and I think young girls in particular would identify with her poetry. It's the uncomplicated type of verse that SHOULD be taught in schools to help students better understand and appreciate the possibilities of the form.
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