The Verses of the Poets Laureate

The Verses of the Poets Laureate : From John Dryden to Andrew Motion

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To mark the election of the 19th Poet Laureate we present a collection of the best - and in some cases the worst - of the Laureates work from Dryden to the present incumbent. Each poet is introduced by a short biography and review of his work as a poet and as Laureate, followed by a selection of their poems taken from the entirety of their work. The book is introduced with an essay by the new Laureate (tbc). John Dryden 1631-1700 Thomas Shadwell 1642-1692 Nahum Tate 1652-1715 Nicholas Rowe 1674-1718 Laurence Eusden 1688-1730 Colley Cibber 1671-1757 William Whitehead 1715-1785 Thomas Warton 1728-1790 Henry Pye 1745-1813 Robert Southey 1774-1843 William Wordsworth 1770-1850 Alfred, Lord Tennyson 1809-1892 Alfred Austin 1835-1913 Robert Bridges 1844-1930 John Masefield 1878-1967 C. Day Lewis 1904-1972 Sir John Betjeman 1906-1884 Ted Hughes 1930-1998 Andrew Motion 1999 The book will be introduced by a popular essay which would look at where the post comes from; how laureates are appointed; what are their duties; who were good poets and who were bad; what challenges the present post brings with it etc. We will issue a tape of selected poems - read by Bill Paterson, Tim Pigott-Smith and Juliet Stevenson - in the same livery as the book.show more

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  • Paperback | 207 pages
  • 133.6 x 190 x 20.3mm | 226.8g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • ORION
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • portraits
  • 0752818597
  • 9780752818597

About Hilary Laurie

Hilary Laurie was born in Ireland. She has worked for the Queen's University, Belfast, the West African Examinations Council I Lagos, and the British Council in Tehran. For several years she was Publishing Director of J.M. Dent and Everyman Paperbacks and was responsible for current editions of Dylan Thomas's work. She now divides her time between publishing, researching and writing.show more

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