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Collected Poems 1935-1992 (2e)

F.T. Prince

Collected Poems 1935-1992
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ISBN: 978 1 847776 85 3
Categories: 20th Century, War writings
Imprint: FyfieldBooks
Edition: 2nd
Published: November 2012
320 pages (print version)
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • And we too have our bitterness and pity that engage
    Blood, spirit, in this war. But night begins,
    Night of the mind: who nowadays is conscious of our sins?
    Though every human deed concerns our blood,
    And even we must know, what nobody has understood,
    That some great love is over all we do,
    And that is what has driven us to this fury...

        from ‘Soldiers Bathing’
    F.T. Prince’s Collected Poems 1935-1992 incorporates all the work that he wished to preserve, from his earliest published poems to late, uncollected pieces. Prince has become best known for his wartime poem ‘Soldiers Bathing’, a meditation on violence and redemption. Collected Poems reveals the riches of a lifetime’s work. His poetry combines a deep affinity with European humanist traditions and a modernist rigour: here is one of the essential twentieth-century writers.

    ‘The mastery Prince achieved and the thrilling variety of his modes and voices means that, with the exception of the self-consciously minor late work (Prince labelled it "Senilia"), this volume reads like the highlights of a more copious body of work. Collected Poems will introduce readers to a poet of supreme skill and great intellectual curiosity.’
    Paul Batchelor, the Guardian
    Prefatory Note


    POEMS (1938)
    An Epistle to a Patron
    To a Man on his Horse
    In the Wood
    The Tears of a Muse in America
    The Wind in the Tree
    On a Cold Night
    The Intention
    The Token
    Words from Edmund Burke
    To a Friend on his Marriage
    To My Sister
    The Letter
    Keeper’s Wood
    False Bay
    The Babiaantje
    The Moonflower
    In a Province
    Chapel-at-Ease
    For the Deserted
    For Fugitives
    For Thieves and Beggars
    Cefalù
    Chaka
        I    The King Watches at Night
        II     He Compares Old Customs with Those of his Kingdom
        III    How Festivals were Celebrated
        IV    He Bathes in the Morning
        V    The People Rest after Conquests


    SOLDIERS BATHING (1954)
    I
    Soldiers Bathing
    The Inn
    The Dice
    The Diamond
    The Book
    The Question

    II
    Apollo and the Sybil
    The Old Age of Michelangelo


    THE DOORS OF STONE (1963)
    Watching Song
    Coeur de Lion
    ‘Moult sont Prud’hommes les Templiers’
    Les Congés du Lépreux
    The Stolen Heart
    Mortimer
    Strambotti
    Gregory Nazianzen
    Campanella
    Strafford
    Autumn Journey
    Sea View
    Handfast Point
    At Beaulieu


    MEMOIRS IN OXFORD (1970)

    DRYPOINTS OF THE HASIDIM (1975)

    AFTERWORD ON RUPERT BROOKE (1976)

    A LAST ATTACHMENT (1979)

    LATER ON (1983)
    The Yüan Chên Variations
    His Dog and Pilgrim
    A Byron-Shelley Conversation


    NOT A PARIS REVIEW INTERVIEW (1986)

    WALKS IN ROME (1987)


    SENILIA
    Family Mottoes
    Youth and Age
    To a Granddaughter on one of her Suggestions for a Christmas Present
    On a Report that in Some Rest Homes Residents who are Depressed will be Charged at a Higher Rate
    Ecumenical Exchange, 1989
    The Two Beggars: A Reminiscence
    Creation Myth
    Renouncing an Epigram
    Finis Coronat Opus
    Vivat

    Last Poem


    Notes
    Index of Titles and First Lines
    F.T. Prince was born in Kimberley, South Africa, in 1912 and educated at the Christian Brothers’ College in Kimberley, at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and at Balliol College, Oxford. After graduating, he travelled and studied in Europe, particularly Italy, before taking up a graduate fellowship at Princeton. He returned ... read more
    'The mastery Prince achieved and the thrilling variety of his modes and voices means that, with the exception of the self-consciously minor late work (Prince labelled it "Senilia"), this volume reads like the highlights of a more copious body of work. Collected Poems will introduce readers to a poet of supreme skill and great intellectual curiosity.'
    Paul Batchelor, the Guardian
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