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5.0 out of 5 stars Humanity is shown in a realistic, yet negative light., 19 Jun. 2001
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This review is from: Selected Poems (Paperback)
I have just finished my A Levels,English Literature being one of my subjects and was distraught when I had to give this book back to the teachers.It is amazing and the human condition is shown in a negative,yet realsitic light.She shows that death is inevitable,but also indicates that life should be valued,as the ordinary people amongst us are often forgotten in death.The new perspectives provided by poems like "The Sheepdog" and "The Person's Tale" are humorous and effective.Her concern with time and the past affecting the present should be a concern we all share,as it is inevitable that we repeat past mistakes instead of learning from them "And over and over the new white paper track innocent unlined hands."Also she gives poetry a place in human affairs through poems like "Knowing About Sonnets" and "Seminar: Felicity and Mr Frost".To fully appreciate Fanthorpe's work and to achieve something from it,it is essential that it is studied and analysed,as the analysis of poetry,picking each poem apart until you fully grasp it's art and it's meaning is where the enjoyment lies.Yet,as Fanthorpe herself states,this process must be individually interpreted,as there are no set rules to the analysis and interpretation of poetry.Fanthorpe's work is highly engaging and thoroughly enjoying and she is one of the few poets I actually admire and whose work I enjoy.
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