On Poetry

On Poetry

By (author) Glyn Maxwell

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"On Poetry, the latest addition to the Oberon Masters series, is a collection of short essays and reflections on poetry from the acclaimed British poet Glyn Maxwell. These essays illustrate Maxwell's poetic philosophy, that the greatest verse arises from a harmony of mind and body, and that poetic forms originate in human necessities - breath, heartbeat, footstep, posture. He speaks of his inspirations, his models, and takes us inside the strange world of the Creative Writing Class, where four young hopefuls grapple with love, sex, cheap wine and hard work. Illustrated with examples from canonical poets, this is a beautiful and accessible guide to the most ancient and sublime of the realms of literature."

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  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 130 x 188 x 24mm | 258.55g
  • 28 Aug 2012
  • Oberon Books Ltd
  • Oberon Masters
  • London
  • English
  • 1849430853
  • 9781849430852
  • 77,524

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"Britain's major poets. He has been awarded the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the Somerset Maugham Prize, and the E.M. Forster Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as being shortlisted three times for both the T.S. Eliot and Forward Prizes. Three of his books were New York Times Notable Books of the Year. His One Thousand Nights and Counting: Selected Poems was published last year. Many of his plays have been staged in London and New York. They include The Lifeblood, which was British Theatre Guide's 'Best Play on the Fringe' at Edinburgh in 2004, Broken Journey and The Only Girl in the World (both Time Out Critics' Choices). Oberon Books publishes his Plays One (The Lifeblood, The Only Girl in the World and Wolfpit), Plays Two (Broken Journey, Best Man Speech and The Last Valentine), The Forever Waltz, Liberty, After Troy, Merlin and the Woods of Time, Masters Are You Mad? and his libretti The Lion's Face and Seven Angels."

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"The most compelling, original, charismatic and poetic guide to poetry that I can remember. A handbook written from the heart by one of the true modern masters of the craft." - Simon Armitage "It really is a tremendously good book, and should be read by anyone who writes poetry and anyone who's interested in how and why poetry is written... this is the best book about poetry I've ever read." - Adam Newey, "Guardian" "Glyn Maxwell's "On Poetry," on the execution and philosophy of the art, is probably going to be a modern classic." - "Spectator" "A cogent, engaging, elegantly structured, and, at times, inspiring account and defence of the poet's art and calling." - "Times Literary Review" "There are a handful of books about writing that I count among my indispensible texts: by Guy Davenport, Randall Jarrell, Durs Grunbein, Keats, Pound, Brodsky, Virginia Woolf, Fanny Burney, Eliot. I knew on about page two that this book was one of them." - Katy Evans-Bush, "Poetry Review"

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