Safe as Houses Paperback – 1 Nov 1995
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The "safe" houses described in this book include both real and fictional houses - for example, houses damaged in the Blitz, Ibsen's "A Doll's House" and Tyndale's prison cell. The book includes Christmas poems, poems concerned with painting and magic, and poems that are revisions of the classics.
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Her power to provoke thought and question lies in her ability to show us people, places and attitudes that we recognise. Often when we stop to think about it, the injustice or the carelessness is uncomfortably close to home. Meanwhile the poems present a gallery of characters and voices that somehow ring true - even when the voice belongs to Odysseus' Cat - tartly setting us straight on the prejudiced and blatantly 'anti-cat' work of Homer, or Lady Macbeth bemoaning the lot of the housewife; "I wish to heaven, Banquo, he'd died in your house!"
Whether you are reading for enjoyment - or for AS Level studies - this poet is awesome and at the peak of her art.
I would be happy to read more by this poet.
Challenging and diverting, if slightly confusing at times,this anthology isn't ideal for the beginner at poetry, but rather forthose more capable of taking poems apart at the seams to gain theknowledge of how to weave it back together again.
Not a classic, but worth a read, and an interesting set-text for theA-Level student, notably because of her manipulation of existing texts andestablished poetic devices.