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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

British education and mental illness

Advantages: Complex points alluded to
Disadvantages: Can be depressing

Strange title? Well: We have been studying the poetry of Plath and Jennings ... both suffered from mental illness and both allude to this quite heavily in their poetry. What are our teachers doing? 3 months away from exams and we are forced to study t ...

Kram_Eniarrol 09.03.2001 · Read full review
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Review of Selected Poems - Sylvia Plath

Beautiful poems

Advantages: Genuinly touching poetry
Disadvantages: Bleak and a little obtuse

...read this as part of my English Lit A-Level and loved it. Plath is a truly great poet and her poetry is at times heart breaking. Selected Poems includes most of her best work like Ariel and Lady Lazarus as well as some other gems such as Winter Trees. ...

Telute 20.10.2000 · Read full review
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Review of Selected Poems - Sylvia Plath

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