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Welshman and chaotic drunk, but a sublime poet

Advantages: All his published poems plus a couple of others, all in one volume
Disadvantages: The notes are copious but irrelevant to most readers with no explanations on the text

"Wales: The land of my fathers. My fathers can have it!" Not my words but those of one of Wales' favourite, though somewhat flawed sons, Dylan Thomas. Thomas was one of, not just that country's but the World's best poets and following his death, his ...

ladybracknell 11.01.2012 · Read full review
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Review of Collected Poems 1934-53 - Dylan Thomas

Message In A Throttle

Advantages: An education - highly informative - Orwellian styled anecdotes
Disadvantages: Passionate to say it mildly

...Notes from the author from each section: "The first section, on Love, is chiefly devoted to literary criticism and to essays on those I regard as upholding the gold standard here. The "Poverty" chapters are chiefly concerned with my hatred and ...

1st2thebar 21.06.2012 · Read full review
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Review of Love, Poverty and War - Christopher Hitchens

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

'Witch' way will the story turn?

Advantages: unique plot, fun to act out
Disadvantages: the essays!

What's one of the most stressful things for anybody, of any age? Something that anybody can suffer from at any time in their life? It beats finance problems, health worries and family crises any day! Okay maybe that's a bit of hyperbole for you there, but ...

Amy69 05.03.2009 · Read full review
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Review of The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts (Penguin Modern Classics) - Arthur Miller

An excellent play - Crucible - themes, ideas

Advantages: Powerful, gripping
Disadvantages: not 100% historically accurate.

..."The Crucible" is a fantastic play by Arthur Miller (who was infact married to screen icon Marilyn Monroe) set in 1692 during the witch trials of Salem, Massachusetts. The play begins with Reverend Parris praying for his daughter, Betty, who is lying iner ...

CChurch 02.10.2008 · Read full review
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Review of The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts (Penguin Modern Classics) - Arthur Miller