Tyrannosaurus Rex versus the Corduroy Kid

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ISBN 9780571233267 Format Paperback
9780571233267
Paperback
Published 04/10/2007 Length 80 pages
80

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Tyrannosaurus Rex versus The Corduroy Kid engages with the matter of ‘Merrie England’, here and now. The poet’s preoccupation with utopias and new republics, with visions and intimations, is in the service of a sharpened focus upon this island - ‘here at the Empire’s end’ - just as his evolutionary concerns lock into a heightened sense of where we now stand, in the company of animals (birds, sloths, horses), or where we part company and give lamentable rein to the beast within. The poems are scored by oppositions and fault-lines: between youth and age, ancients and moderns, monsters and underdogs, and - ultimately and inevitably - nations.

Tyrannosaurus Rex versus The Corduroy Kid is Simon Armitage’s wittiest, most alertly combative and impassioned collection to date.

Tyrannosaurus Rex versus The Corduroy Kid engages with the matter of ‘Merrie England’, here and now. The poet’s preoccupation with utopias and new republics, with visions and intimations, is in the service of a sharpened focus upon this island - ‘here at the Empire’s end’ - just as his evolutionary concerns lock into a heightened sense of where we now stand, in the company of animals (birds, sloths, horses), or where we part company and give lamentable rein to the beast within. The poems are scored by oppositions and fault-lines: between youth and age, ancients and moderns, monsters and underdogs, and - ultimately and inevitably - nations. Tyrannosaurus Rex versus The Corduroy Kid is Simon Armitage’s wittiest, most alertly combative and impassioned collection to date.
  • About Simon Armitage

    Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Leeds. A recipient of numerous prizes and awards, he has published eleven collections of poetry, including Seeing Stars (2010), Paper Aeroplane: Selected Poems 1989–2014 (2014), The Unaccompanied (2017) and his acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2007). He also writes extensively for television and radio, and is the author of two novels and the non-fiction bestsellers All Points North (1998), Walking Home (2012) and Walking Away (2015). His theatre works include The Last Days of Troy, performed at Shakespeare's Globe in 2014. In 2015 he was appointed Professor of Poetry at Oxford University.

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