Millennial Fables

Millennial Fables

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In the countdown to the Third Millennium, time and events tend to be scrutinized apprehensively. Ordinary human fear of portents and oracles becomes intensified. Peter Porter's new collection acknowledges this pressure, and protests against it. More than ever, his poems express contemporary life in its present flux, while forecasting a turbulent future. The second part of the book, entitled `Homage to Robert Browning', is a series of monologues and character pieces in which individual voices speak to us from a wide range of occasions and places. An imaginary notebook kept by Bach's first wife, Maria Barbara, a poem called `Aesop's Dressing Gown', `Berenson Spots a Lotto': these give an idea of Porter's ranging curiosity and knowledge, which he displays with great generosity and humour. This book is intended for poetry readers; readers aware of author's reputation as both poetry and music critic. Australian readers (author's birthplace).show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 130 x 210 x 12.7mm | 140g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192823914
  • 9780192823915

About Peter Porter

Peter Porter was born in Brisbane in 1929. He came to England in 1951 and, apart from short periods as writer-in- residence at English, Scottish, and American Universities, has lived in London ever since. His collections for Oxford poets includes The Automatic Oracle, The Chair of Babel, Collected Poems, The Cost of Seriousness, Fast Forward, A Porter Selected and Possible Worlds.show more