Tony Harrison. Selected Poems Paperback – 2 Feb 2006
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About the Author
Tony Harrison was born in Leeds in 1937 and now lives in Newcastle upon Tyne. His collections of poetry include The Loiners, Continuous, v, A Cold Coming, Laureate's Block and most recently Under the Clock - published as a Pocket Penguin for Penguin's 70th birthday in May 2005. Recognized as Britain's leading theatre and film poet, Harrison has written extensively for the National Theatre, the New York Metropolitan Opera, the BBC and Channel 4. He is the recipient of numerous prizes, including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the Royal Television Society Award, the European Poetry Translation Prize and the Prix Italia.
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Top Customer Reviews
Yet, Harrison is one of many exceptions to these pre set ideas.
In this book (especially in the School of Eloquence sequence) there is a wealth of genuinely accessible poetry about loss, community, and familial relationships. Whilst, at its core, there is the heart rending, and on-going story, of the scholarship boy displaced from his home, his family and his class by his education.
If you get the chance, try Book Ends, a beautiful sonnet about the uneasy relationship between a father and son and the gulf that exists between them following the death of the mother / wife. And you would have to possess a hard heart indeed not to be touched by the gently moving Long Distance.
I don't think his reputation is as strong as it was twenty years ago. In fact it unquestionably isn't. 'Blasphemer's Banquet' in the early nineties seemed to leave a few people cold, those who probably confused his message somewhat because of the strong unrepentant tone. That though, was always Harrison's strength: His passion and heart. But on occasions it was a little too direct for some of the softer poetry lovers. 'V' also divided opinion and made big impressions both positive and nagative. This one super-poem should never be regarded as his finest work, however much it spoke for an unrepresented section of society.
But the biggest threat to his reputation now, has to be the current taste, or trend in poetry. Quite honestly, these days this T.H. is about as modern in his style as another: Thomas Hardy. Harrison's modern themes and subjects and his earthy language are as street cred as any young poet's today, but his consistent use of verse is most definitely passe'. It's a shame, and I hope it doesn't tempt him into trying his hand at the very loose free verse/prose poetry form that seems to be the prevailing fashion now, but I shouldn't think it would: He has a strong Yorkshire stubborn streak in him, does Tony. He should proudly keep up the old (cloth) hat.
I am doing a project on Tony Harrison, and I can already see that it will prove very useful.
It makes good reading for anyone interested in progressive poetry.
this is the book to give non poetry readers-it will be the start of a slippery slope....falling into a love affair with the written word.
Tonys poems are simple to read, tangibly emotive and glorious.
full of ideas, emotions and love, never fanciful and if you read them aloud...the words feel like your own.
if i could write my thoughts into poems-i would want to write like this
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This eBook version is a bit clunky - it needs some programming help to be more navigable, but it is good value, and Harrison's poems are fantastic.Published 17 months ago by Heather Goodwin
Tony Harrison is simply a brilliant poet - there is a real earthiness and vigour to the poems and I thoroughly enjoy reading ans re-reading his work. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Charlie B
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Do the colleges get commission ! . i think they should . Quick turnaround , lovely job as always