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Poems: Selected

C.H. Sisson

C .H. Sisson - Poems: Selected (Cover)
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Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Paperback (96 pages)
(Pub. Sep 1995)
9781857542196
£7.95 £7.16
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  •     Lies on my tongue. Get up and bolt the door
        For I am coming not to be believed
        The messenger of anything I say.
        So I am come, stand in the cold tonight
        The servant of the grain upon my tongue,
        Beware, I am the man, and let me in.

    from 'The Usk', v.

    Poems: Selected traces over half a century of C.H. Sisson's work, starting with poems written on a troopship and in Bengal and ending on home ground in Somerset. His beginnings were 'without facility, and when I was forced into verse it was through having something not altogether easy to say.' A writer 'worth a place  on the short shelf reserved for the finest twentieth-century poets' (The Times) and 'one of the great translators of our time' (The Times Literary Supplement), Sisson occupies an unusual place in English letters: standing apart, his clear-eyed political and literary appraisals and uncompromisedly English stance are inspiring to writers and readers in a wide variety of disciplines. Donald Hall wrote, 'His poems move in service of the loved landscapes of England and France; they sing (and growl) in love of argument, in love of seeing through, in love of the firm descriptions of moral self-disgust; they move in love of the old lost life by which the new life is condemned.' (New York Review of Books)

    This selection replaces the 1981 Selected Poems, providing a comprehensive representation of the work and including 'Tristia', a sequence written by the poet in his eighty-first year.
    Born in Bristol in 1914, C. H. Sisson was noted as a poet, novelist, essayist and an important translator. He was a great friend of the critic and writer Donald Davie, with whom he corresponded regularly. Sisson was a student at the University of Bristol where he read English and Philosophy. ... read more
    Praise for C.H. Sisson `His poems move in service of the loved landscapes of England and France; they sing (and growl) in love of argument, in love of seeing through, in love of the firm descriptions of moral self-disgust; they move in love of the old lost life by which the new life is condemned.'
    Donald Hall, New York Times Book Review
    'I think he is worth a place on the short shelf reserved for the finest twentieth-century poets, with Eliot and Rilke and MacDiarmid.'
    Robert Nye, the Scotsman
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