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The Lives Of The Poets (Phoenix Giants) Paperback – 3 Jun 1999

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  • Paperback: 1104 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New edition edition (3 Jun. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753807459
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753807453
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 5.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 795,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Accessible. Amusing. Contentious. Authoritative. Ambitious. Lives of the Poets tells the story of poetry from the fourteenth century to the present day.


Michael Schmidt surveys the rise of English poetry and the language itself from the Black Death to the court poetry of Chaucer and Sir Philip Sidney, the triumph of Marlowe and Shakespeare, the wit of Donne and Marvell, the urbane sophistication of Pope and Dr Johnson, the romanticism of Keats and Shelley, the questioning spirit of the Victorians and ending with the twentieth century, from T. S. Eliot and W. B. Yeats to Paul Muldoon and Thom Gunn. Each chapter combines commentary and quotation to acquaint the reader with the main themes of the poet's work, what his influences were, what the key works are, as well as bringing in from the margins some neglected voices. An indispensable book for all those interested in poetry who may not want to read an entire biography of a poet and for anyone studying poetry at school or university.

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