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Collected Poems (2e)

Henry Reed

Edited by Jon Stallworthy

Foreword by Frank Kermode

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ISBN: 978 1 857549 43 0
Categories: 20th Century, British, War writings
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Edition: 2nd
Published: July 2007
216 x 135 x 15 mm
190 pages
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • 'This is a poet whose slightest shift can contrive excitement. His poems accumulate, perfectly flat and then perfectly suggestive, so naturally that at the second reading one of them is familiar as if one had known it for weeks or months...the quality of high imagination is plain as the sun. Read the whole book.'

                   John Berryman on A Map of Verona, Partisan Review, 1948
    WITH A FOREWORD BY FRANK KERMODE

    Henry Reed (1914-86) is most familiar as the author of 'The Naming of Parts', the best-loved and most anthologised poem of the Second World War. He was a poet of much greater scope than that: in addition to publishing A Map of Verona, his 1946 collection, he was a fine translator, particularly from the Italian, and wrote acclaimed radio plays, including an ambitious adaptation of Moby-Dick and a series of six plays featuring his comic creation Hilda Tablet. On his death he left a sheaf of uncollected poems that had appeared in magazines or were in manuscript. These, together with all Reed's published work, a group of translations and a selection of songs from the radio plays, make up this Collected Poems. Jon Stallworthy, poet, critic and biographer of Wilfred Owen, has included a biographical and critical introduction to this profound, witty and humane poet.

    Cover image 'Troops Resting' (detail) by Edward Ardizzone. Crown copyright, reproduced by permission of the Imperial War Museum.


    Henry Reed
    Henry Reed is best known for his widely anthologized World War II poem, 'Naming of Parts'. He also wrote numerous radio plays for the BBC and was a translator of Italian literature into English. He also published The Map of Verona . ... read more
    Jon Stallworthy
    Jon Stallworthy, born in 1935, was educated at Rugby, in the Royal West African Frontier Force, and at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he won the Newdigate Prize of Poetry. A Fellow of the British Academy and of the Royal Society of Literature, he is a Professor of English Literature at ... read more
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