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Modern poetry collections I'd not be without

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Collected Poems
Collected Poems
"Unrivalled breadth and depth of vision. Auden looked at human nature and civilisation and "saw it all". Without a doubt, my favourite poetry collection."
Philip Larkin Collected Poems
Philip Larkin Collected Poems
"For sheer artistry, Larkin is one of the greatest poets in the English language. His way with an enjambement is something else. Depressing, but paradoxically exhilarating at the same time."
Collected Poems: 1945-1990 R.S.Thomas: Collected Poems : R S Thomas
Collected Poems: 1945-1990 R.S.Thomas: Collected Poems : R S Thomas
"Time after time, Thomas hews satisfying chunks of raw poetry from themes of man's search for God, and the grimly beautiful Welsh countryside. Thrusts shafts of profundity into your consciousness."
Collected Later Poems: 1988-2000
Collected Later Poems: 1988-2000
"Thomas was that rare thing, a poet with staying power. Right up to the end, he came up trumps."
The Rule of Three
The Rule of Three
"Intriguing, crystalline poems: strange, dreamy, impersonal, erotic; sometimes hard to understand, but never to appreciate."
Edward Thomas. Collected Poems.
Edward Thomas. Collected Poems.
"Strange, unsettling nature poems, permeated by a sense of indefinable existential loss. The typesetter should have given each poem its own page, though."
The Complete Poems (Penguin Modern Classics)
The Complete Poems (Penguin Modern Classics)
"Original, elusive and sensual. Perhaps this poetry satisfies the ear and the mind more than the soul, but it is highly intriguing."
Thomas Hardy: The Complete Poems
Thomas Hardy: The Complete Poems
"Melancholy and highly personal poetry, which laments the passage of time, the implacability of fate, the difficulty of living (and loving) in the moment. Formal inventiveness on every page."
Collected Poems
Collected Poems
"He's tailed off recently, but his earlier work is both highly accessible and exhilaratingly intricate in its handling of metaphor and symbol."
Collected Poems 1909-62
Collected Poems 1909-62
"Certainly he was sometimes pretentious, but there's no denying his work's evocativeness or, of course, its importance."