Selected Poems

W. S. Graham
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ISBN 9780571176595 Format Paperback
Published 22/01/1996 Length 128 pages

About Book

When T.S. Eliot wrote of W.S. Graham's collection, The Nightfishing, that 'some of these poems - by their sustained power, their emotional depth and maturity and their superb technical skill - may well be among the more important poetical achievements of our time', he could not have stated the truth more clearly.

Graham's career, which ended with his death in 1986, followed a pattern of steady refinement of vision and ever-deepening enquiry. In Selected Poems, taken from both the publications of his lifetime and posthumous volumes, and containing at least one major poem never collected before, the full stature of this still insufficiently appreciated genius is revealed.

'His song is unique and his work is an inspiration.' Harold Pinter

'A music not to be mistaken for anybody else's.' Edwin Morgan

'One of the most original poets of his time.' Peter Porter

'One of the very few poets now writing whom it is absolutely necessary to come to terms with.' John Heath-Stubbs

  • About W. S. Graham

    William Sydney Graham (1918–1986) was born in Greenock, Scotland, and trained as an engineer. He settled in west Cornwall where a growing colony of experimental artists came to respect the determination and acute self-criticism with which he pursued his poetry. He is now widely viewed as one of the key UK poets of the late twentieth century. His main collections are The Nightfishing (1955), Malcolm Mooney’s Land (1970) and Implements in their Places (1977), all of which can be found in New Collected Poems (2004).


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