Collected Poems

Michael Longley


Collected Poems

Collected Poems

  • Title: Collected Poems
  • Author: Michael Longley
  • ISBN: 9780224079273
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Hardcover



Michael Longley has been called one of the finest lyric poets of our time In assembling the work of forty years, his Collected Poems displays a brilliantly sustained achievement, whose depth, beauty and wit can now be fully appreciated Longley s poetry combines intense concentration with remarkable variety The formal and thematic range laid down in No Continuing CityMichael Longley has been called one of the finest lyric poets of our time In assembling the work of forty years, his Collected Poems displays a brilliantly sustained achievement, whose depth, beauty and wit can now be fully appreciated Longley s poetry combines intense concentration with remarkable variety The formal and thematic range laid down in No Continuing City 1969 has undergone a series of rich metamorphoses up to Snow Water 2004 , and the two new poems included here as an epilogue.Longley s genres span love poetry, war poetry, nature poetry, elegies, satires, verse epistles, poems that reflect on art and the art of poetry He has extended the capacity of the lyric to absorb dark matter the Great War, the Holocaust, the Northern Irish Troubles His poetic landscape intermingles Belfast where he lives , western Ireland, Italy, Japan and Homeric Greece Longley s superb translations from classical poets such as Ceasefire , which greets the IRA ceasefire in terms of the Iliad speak to contemporary issues.


Recent Comments "Collected Poems"

Michael Longley is the old guard: a Guinness, hale and hardy and 100% brewed in Ireland. I think the younger generation of scholars and poets makes cracks and calls him Wing Commander Longley for his obsession with the Great War, but I just love his poems. "Pipistrelle" and "The Leveret" are my favorites for their unexpected gentleness and poignancy without sacrificing depth. And he is the only one ballsy enough to dedicate a poem to Medbh McGuckian where he calls her "dear". If my own beloved g [...]

I have never heard of Longley until I read a review of this book in the TLS. While some of his poetry is a little obscure, his nature poems and love poems are lovely. His work is deeper than just that but it's hard to describe.

See my review of this book in Magill Book Reviews as carried by EBSCO / Academic Search Premier. A "Belfast Poet" who has written forty years worth of excellect poetry.


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