The Faber Book of Vernacular Verse
The Faber book of Vernacular Verse, edited by Tom Paulin, speaks for an alternative tradition – one that finds its outlet in work songs and street cries, nursery jingles, graffiti, lyrics of suffering or celebration, charms and chants, and far more fascinating and neglected poetry.
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Mixing poems by known authors with anonymous material – work songs and street cries, nursery jingles, graffiti, lyrics of suffering and celebration, charms and chants – Tom Paulin’s anthology speaks for an alternative tradition, one that nimbly and defiantly opposes the ‘Parnassian official order’ which still dominates our culture.
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