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A new view of the War Poets

Advantages: Very good on the lives of the poets, during and after the conflict
Disadvantages: None

The majority of recent books published on the War Poets tend to focus on their lives during and immediately after the conflict. The book This enterprising and thoroughly engrossing account, named after the poem by Wilfred Owen, takes a different a ...

JOHNV 01.02.2013 · Read full review
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Review of Strange Meetings - Harry Ricketts

Let us live and let us love Catullus!

Advantages: Funny, passionate, witty, sophisticated
Disadvantages: Sometimes the poetic technique seems more important than the emotions behind the poem

I’m not sure whether “selected poems” is supposed to refer to any particular edition/translation of Catullus, so I’ll describe my experiences with Catullus and if it’s off topic, well shucks to that. I, like most Latin students, had to read various bit ...

Muswell 01.04.2004 · Read full review
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Review of Selected Poems - Catullus

raunchy roman

Advantages: sex and swearing
Disadvantages: sex and swearing!

This collection of poems is highly original. Many people have been scared of classical poets for their inaccessibility, but this should not be the case with Catullus. He addresses those issues which contemporary society and indeed man continues to be plag ...

lewiscrofts 17.07.2000 · Read full review
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Review of Selected Poems - Catullus

Latin for the uneducated.

Advantages: Definitly different
Disadvantages: Just the slightest bit wordy

I picked up a copy of Catullus, quite by accident really. Looked interesting in an educated sort of way. And well it certainly opened my eyes, to *just* what the Roman has been doing. The vast majority of Catullus's work (at least what I've read of i ...

AmberHall 31.03.2006 · Read full review
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Review of Selected Poems - Catullus

WARNING

Advantages: A heartwarming look at old age
Disadvantages: Absolutely none!

Oh, how I love this poem! When I am old I am going to aspire to its' every detail! Jenny Joseph wrote this poem in 1961 and it was voted Britain's favourite poem in 1996. It is written from the point of view of a middle-aged woman who yearns to thr ...

caneal 18.05.2003 · Read full review
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Review of Selected Poems - Jenny Joseph