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Complete Poems Vol III

Robert Graves

Edited by Patrick Quinn

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Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
Available as:
Hardback (352 pages)
(Pub. Nov 1999)
£30.00 £27.00
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  • You, love, and I,
    (He whispers) you and I,
    And if no more than only you and I
    What care you or I?
    Counting the beats,
    Counting the slow heart beats,
    The bleeding to death of time in slow heart beats,
    Wakeful they lie.
    Cloudless day,
    Night, and a cloudless day;
    Yet the huge storm will burst upon their heads one day
    From a bitter sky.

    from `Counting the Beats'

    After Laura Riding had parted company with him in 1942, Robert Graves moved into a new and decisive phase in his work, producing the White Goddess and the Black Goddess poems. This final volume of the Complete Poems brings together the last three decades of the poet's work, among the poems the most original and least familiar of his writings, showing him at the end as the mature voyager under the protection of the Black Goddess. Many of the poems are previously uncollected.
    Robert Graves
    Robert Graves (1895-1985), poet, classical scholar, novelist, and critic, was one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century. Athough he produced over 100 books he is perhaps best known for the novel I, Claudius (1934), The White Goddess (1948) and Greek Myths (1955). Robert Graves was born in Wimbledon, South ... read more
    Patrick Quinn
    General Editor of the Robert Graves programme, Patrick Quinn is Professor of English Literature at University College Northampton. He is author of The Great War and Missing Muse: The Early Poetry of Robert Graves and Siegfried Sassoon, editor of Re-charting the Thirties, New Perspectives on Robert Graves, and The Dictionary of ... read more
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