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All for the Wolves

Selected Poems 1947-1975

Peter Russell

Edited by Peter Jay

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Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Paperback (152 pages)
(Pub. Jul 1997)
9780856460968
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  • This selection from Peter Russell’s work of many years illustrates the range of a poet who, in Kathleen Raine’s words, has ‘kept faith (as did his master Ezra Pound) with what is perhaps the greatest imaginative and philosophical conception of the European tradition, ‘the Beautiful’.’ Peter Jay’s selection concentrates on his lyric poems but also includes examples of his longer, contemplative poems. Many of the poems are previously uncollected; these include notable additions to the much-admired oeuvre of Quintilius, of which The Times, reviewing The Elegies of Quintilius, wrote: ‘(They are) at once a translation and a criticism and must in the end be reckoned as neither, but as something rarer; a poem, a supreme fiction. They have the quality of authority that comes when a man achieves his own tone and pitch after a lifetime learning the craft of verse.’

    Peter Russell
    Peter Russell, born in Bristol in 1921, was editor of the influential magazine Nine (1945–56). He left England in the early 1960s, and lived and taught in Germany, the USA, Canada, Iran and Italy, which was his main home since 1964. His many books include An Examination of Ezra Pound ... read more
    Peter Jay
    Peter Jay (b. 1945) read Classics and English at Oxford. Among his books are a collection of poems Shifting Frontiers, the Penguin Classic The Greek Anthology, and several translations including Gérard de Nerval’s Chimeras, János Pilinszky’s Crater and the novel Conversations with Sheryl Sutton (with Éva Major) and ... read more
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