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Selected Poems

Robert Wells

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Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Paperback (96 pages)
(Pub. Jan 1986)
9780856356698
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  • 'Robert Wells understands how finely man and nature are moulded to each other. In true communion with his surroundings, a man is dowered with a wisdom and an ecstasy that nothing else else can give (and this is perhaps what he is created for),' George Mackay Brown wrote of the poet's first collection, The Winter's Task (1977). 'The healing loneliness of hills and waters, and the solitary figures who move among them - bathers, wood-cutters, hay harvesters - are the setting and characters of Wells' poems; all breath a rare wholesomeness.'

    In his Selected Poems, Robert Wells includes the best work from his first book, new poems, and extracts from his acclaimed translations of Theocritus' Idylls and Virgil's Georgics, of which The Times' reviewer wrote: 'the English is direct and supple and amazingly evocative, transporting the listener back 2000 years as if under a spell'.


    Robert Wells was born in Oxford in 1947. He has worked as a woodman, a teacher, and in publishing. He lives in France. Carcanet has published his translations of Virgil's Georgics and The Idylls of Theocritus, and five volumes of his poetry, the latest being Collected Poems and Translations (2009). ... read more
    Praise for Robert Wells 'Robert Wells understands how finely man and nature are moulded to each other... The healing loneliness of hills and waters, and the solitary figures who move among them - bathers, wood-cutters, hay harvesters - are the setting and characters of Wells's poems.'
    George Mackay Brown
    'Wells is a quiet poet... he inherits the tender, threatening profundity of Edward Thomas.'
    Anne Stevenson
    'Robert Wells's language is exact, the experience of the poem is deeply gone through, there is a constant desire to adhere to the truth as he apprehended it rather than to glamorize it. The inexpressible becomes expressed. At one point I started marking my favourite poems, but I like so many of them that I gave up.'
    Thom Gunn
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