By Alan Bennett
during this candid, completely enticing ebook, Alan Bennett creates a special anthology of works by way of six well-loved poets. Freely admitting his personal younger bafflement with poetry, Bennett reassures us that the poets and poems during this quantity aren't merely available but additionally hugely stress-free. He then proceeds to end up irresistibly that this can be so.
Bennett selects greater than seventy poems by means of Thomas Hardy, A. E. Housman, John Betjeman, W. H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, and Philip Larkin. He peppers his dialogue of those writers and their verse with anecdotes, intelligent appraisal, and telling biographical element: Hardy lyrically recollects his first spouse, Emma, in his poetry, even though he handled her shabbily in actual lifestyles. The fabled Auden was once a powerful and off-putting determine on the lectern. Larkin, hoping to subvert snooping biographers, ordered own papers shredded upon his death.
at the same time profound and unique, Bennett’s e-book is a paean to poetry and its creators, made all of the extra relaxing for being advised in his personal specific voice. its creators, made all of the extra stress-free for being instructed in his personal specific voice.
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IV – Still in all its chasmal beauty bulks old Beeny to the sky, And shall she and I not go there once again now March is nigh, And the sweet things said in that March say anew there by and by? V What if still in chasmal beauty looms that wild weird western shore, The woman now is – elsewhere – whom the ambling pony bore, And nor knows nor cares for Beeny, and will laugh there nevermore. Hardy was seventy-two when he wrote that poem, and he was remembering a visit to Cornwall some forty years earlier, when he met Emma Gifford, whom he later married.
E. Housman. But I’ll end with a little nature poem and one that is, for Hardy, almost cheerful. Proud Songsters The thrushes sing as the sun is going, And the finches whistle in ones and pairs, And as it gets dark loud nightingales In bushes, Pipe, as they can when April wears, As if all Time were theirs. These are brand-new birds of twelve-months’ growing, Which a year ago, or less than twain, No finches were, nor nightingales, Nor thrushes, But only particles of grain, And earth, and air, and rain.
Eyes the shady night has shut Cannot see the record cut, And silence sounds no worse than cheers After earth has stopped the ears: Now you will not swell the rout Of lads that wore their honours out, Runners whom renown outran And the name died before the man. So set, before its echoes fade, The fleet foot on the sill of shade, And hold to the low lintel up The still-defended challenge-cup. And round that early-laurelled head Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead, And find unwithered on its curls The garland briefer than a girl’s.
Six poets : Hardy to Larkin : an anthology by Alan Bennett