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Brian Pattern's Armada

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A cracking book this is the best read ever! It starts with the armada, a magical concept brought about by the pure sheer genius of the author to the fore and lots of bloodshed alll the way through, so not something I would recommend for the under 12s, ho ...

JinxedJo 28.11.2005 · Read full review
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Review of Armada - Brian Patten

Keep on Moving

Advantages: Accessible and easy to read
Disadvantages: Poetry put some people off!

...Does poetry do it for you? ‘. . . poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity....’ (Wordsworth) ‘Now as I was young and easy under the apple boughs About the lilting house a ...

Mauri 30.09.2002 · Read full review
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Review of A Sense Of Movement - Thom Gunn

A cloak of darkness underneath the myth

Advantages: Beautiful, an insight into a troubled mind
Disadvantages: Not easy reading, overflowing with bitterness and pain

Sylvia Plath gets a bad time of it from most people. She's often seen as having written the most depressing novel ever in the form of 'The Bell Jar', and as the catalyst for many teenager's suicidal angst. However, the woman was ill, and she was marr ...

princess_lu 12.02.2006 · Read full review
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Review of Ariel - Sylvia Plath

Subjective reality

Advantages: Deep, colourful work
Disadvantages: Can be hard 'to get into'

Sylvia Plath is too often passed off as 'that crazy woman who wrote poems about dying and stuck her head in an oven'. Her 'Ariel' poems are the last she wrote before she died and acclaimed as her most brilliant works. There are not that many poems in ...

joolzroolz 24.06.2001 · Read full review
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Review of Ariel - Sylvia Plath

'Ariel' by Sylvia Plath

Advantages: Easy to read
Disadvantages: too thoughtful and melancholy for some

I really enjoyed reading this collection of poetry. Plath has a graphic imagination evident in poems such as 'Cut' and her imagery is at times explicit but so apt. 'Morning song' is yet another beautiful poem. The title plays upon the two seperate meanin ...

Kickboxer22 30.04.2008 · Read full review
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Review of Ariel - Sylvia Plath