First Lines

First Lines : Poems Written in Youth

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An anthology of poems written in childhood and adolescence with contributions from 58 poets. The collection, with notes on each poet, attempts to give an insight into the emergent creativity of some of the greatest English language poets. Although this selection contains few poems which are the first lines these poets ever wrote, viewed together, these works do reveal some interesting common characteristics. Many show a knowledge of other poetry and the author sees influence as a vital stage in a poet's or artist's development. Pope at 12 takes his theme from Horace's "Epode II", Wordsworth at 16 borrows from Milton, Keats at 18 proclaims a debt to Spenser and Heaney at 19 is under the influence of Hopkins. At the age of 11, Dylan Thomas wrote accomplished comic verse and Christopher Smart was already rhyming at the age of 4. Originally published by Carcanet Press Ltd., 1987. Jon Stallworthy is a poet and editor of "The Oxford book of war poetry" and written a biography of Wilfred Owen to be reissued in the "Oxford lives" more

Product details

  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 134.62 x 210.82 x 10.16mm | 158.76g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192820206
  • 9780192820204

Table of contents

Introduction. George Herbert; John Milton; Abraham Cowley; Alexander Pope; Samuel Johnson; Thomas Gray; William Collins; Christopher Smart; Thomas Chatterton; William Blake; Robert Burns; William Wordsworth; Sir Walter Scott; Walter Savage Landor; Lord George Byron; Percy Bysshe Shelley; John Clare; John Keats; Thomas Lovell Beddoes; Elizabeth Barrett Browning; Edgar Allan Poe; Alfred Lord Tennyson; Robert Browning; Charlotte Bronte; Emily Bronte; Arthur Hugh Clough; Christina Rossetti; Emily Dickinson; Algernon C. Swinburne; Thomas Hardy; Oscar Wilde; Amy Lowell; Robert Frost; Wallace Stevens; James Joyce; William Carlos Williams; Ezra Pound; Siegfried Sassoon; T.S. Eliot; Isaac Rosenberg; Edna St. Vincent Millay; Wilfred Owen; E.E. Cummings; Charles Hamilton Sorley; Robert Graves; Stephen Vincent Benet; Sir John Betjeman; Louis MacNeice; W.H. Auden; Stephen Spender; Dylan Thomas; David Gascoyne; Keith Douglas; Sidney Keyes; Philip Larkin; James K. Baxter; Sylvia Plath; Seamus Heaney. Sources and more

About Jon Stallworthy

About the Editor Jon Stallworthy is a poet and critic, presently lecturing at Oxford University. He is the author of Wilfred Owen and editor of A Book of Love Poetry and The Oxford Book of War more