Old Men and Comets

Old Men and Comets

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Old men and comets have been revered for the same reasons, said Swift - their long beards and their pretensions to foretell the future. And, in the case of old men, the tendency to dwell in and on bygone times. This collection of poems and prose is by the poet and essayist, reviewer and anthologist, and translator of Marcel Proust - D.J. Enright. These poems include remembrance of things and people past, and rueful glances at things present and the preoccupations of age. Also the dreaming which knows neither age nor youth, but is aware of other things, some consoling, some not. The book ends with reflections on death. Isn't is better to go without raging into that good night? But not too gently either. D.J. Enright is the editor of "Contemporary Verse", "Death", "Friendship", "Selected Poems" and "Under the Circumstances: Poems and Proses".
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Product details

  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 138.18 x 215.9 x 5.59mm | 90.72g
  • OxfordPoets
  • Manchester, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192831763
  • 9780192831767

Table of contents

Cliche; coming true; in the street; saving the world; returning at night; election; tiger; don't smile please; sweet tooth; fears; low-key haiku; wheels; supervision; ageing writer in a pub; miniature modes; memory; servicing; an old man reminisces; consumer society; as seen on TV; the old stories; envy; rights; tribute; cincinnatus; Yusoff the bold; thinking of the young ladies of Tsuda College; old-world; cstles; going wrong; GP; shop; seasons; forgetfulness in Fuzhou; self-criticism; cat dream; emperor dream; an even more ludicrous dream; first words, last chances; a quiet neighbourhood; pensioners at the post office; citizen's charter; a half-remembered tale; the bright side; actually; traffic; a quandary; all the things; confetti; dream snatches; warnings, warnings!; the great man can be quite funny, nicht wahr?; "You're mine thereafter"; as if human; bindings; a register of diverse deaths; a book at bedtime; so many; what we never and always think of.
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About D. J. Enright

About the Author D.J.Enright is a well-known poet, essayist, reviewer, and translator. His most recent books include Under the Circumstances: Poems and Proses (1991), Selected Poems, (1990), and The Oxford Book of Friendship (1992).
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