Collected Poems: 1961-81 v. 1

Collected Poems: 1961-81 v. 1

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It is almost 40 years since the publication of Peter Porter's first book of poems, "Once Bitten, Twice Bitten". That collection has been joined by 14 others since 1961, all of which are gathered into this two-volume "Collected Poems". Porter's work has been remarkably consistent in its allying of a realistic evocation of life with rhetorical forms of language verging on the dramatic. He envisages the poet as a "thinker", a more passionate role than that of philosopher or moralist. The past, in Europe and the country of his birth, Australia, matters to him; the lyrical finds a place with the elegiac and satiric.show more

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  • Paperback | 418 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 34mm | 458.13g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192880977
  • 9780192880970

Table of contents

"Once Bitten, Twice Bitten" (1961); "Poems Ancient & Modern" (1964); "A Porter Folio" (1969); "The Last of England" (1970); "Preaching to the Converted" (1972); "After Martial" (1972); "Living in a Calm Country" (1975); "The Cost of Seriousness" (1978); "English Subtitles" (1981).show more

About Peter Porter

Peter Porter was born in Brisbane, Australia, in 1929 and has lived in London since 1951. He is the winner of innumerable awards, including the Whitbread Prize, the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, and the Gold Medal of the Australian Literature Society.show more

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"Elegist, satirist, art critic, historian of the imagination, poet of cats, and the cities of London and the mind, student of the times and of Time."--Sean O'Brien, Sunday Times (London)"Peter Porter's marvellous poetry continues to evolve like some great complex organic phenomenon."--Martin Duwell, The Australian "Elegist, satirist, art critic, historian of the imagination, poet of cats, and the cities of London and the mind, student of the times and of Time."--Sean O'Brien, Sunday Times (London) "Peter Porter's marvellous poetry continues to evolve like some great complex organic phenomenon."--Martin Duwell, The Australian "Elegist, satirist, art critic, historian of the imagination, poet of cats, and the cities of London and the mind, student of the times and of Time."--Sean O'Brien, Sunday Times (London) "Peter Porter's marvellous poetry continues to evolve like some great complex organic phenomenon."--Martin Duwell, The Australian "Elegist, satirist, art critic, historian of the imagination, poet of cats, and the cities of London and the mind, student of the times and of Time."--Sean O'Brien, Sunday Times (London)"Peter Porter's marvellous poetry continues to evolve like some great complex organic phenomenon."--Martin Duwell, The Australianshow more

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