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In the Sign of the Rainbow

Selected Poems 1940-1989

Philip Sherrard

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ISBN: 978 0 856462 21 4
Imprint: Anvil Press Poetry
Published: June 1996
212 x 135 x 15 mm
176 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • This is the first extensive collection of Philip Sherrard’s poetry. Highly regarded for his verse translations of such poets as Cavafy, Elytis, Seferis and Sikelianos, he has previously published only two booklets of poetry. He has a fine lyric gift, and a style whose clarity owes something both to English and Greek traditions. In the Sign of the Rainbow shows his consistent development as a poet, from early poems written during the war – when he saw active service in Italy, Austria and Greece – to those written in his adopted Greece. The search for spiritual values is the constant theme of his poetry, which is forceful in its critique of modern materialism.

    Philip Sherrard (1922–1995) lived his later years on the island of Evia. Among his many books perhaps the best-known are two studies of modern Greek literature, The Marble Threshing Floor and The Wound of Greece, and the later Edward Lear: The Corfu Years . With Edmund Keeley he translated the ... read more
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