Lives of the Poets
A stunning volume of epic breadth which connects the lives and works of over 300 English-language poets of the last 700 years.
LIVES OF THE POETS traverses the landscapes of biography, form, cultural pressures and important historical moments to tell not just a history of English poetry, but the story of English as a language.
'Astonishing' New York Times .
'Deft critical judgements, lightness of touch, the ability both to examine minutely and to generalize boldly - this book is both a tonic and a continuing pleasure' Independent .
'A celebration of poetry in the shape of a history from Chaucer up to the present day. A book to put into the hands of any young man or woman beginning to be aware that poetry is the glory of our language' Scotsman .
'A masterly exercise of cogency and compression' Times Literary Supplement .
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