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William Plomer : Selected Poems (Hardcover) (William Plomer)

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He was E. M Forster’s ?favourite contemporary poet’. W. H Auden extolled his ?first-class visual imagination’. Stephen Spender considered his output ?among the best English poems written in the present century’. Yet for most readers, William Plomer (1903?1973) is now a faintly-remembered name. Born in Pietersburg, South Africa, Plomer settled in London in 1929, where he went on to occupy a central position in English letters. By the time of his death he had published ten books of poetry. In a voice impersonal and strange, Plomer’s best poems reveal a mind that delights in the ?sensory, pictorial and plastic’ (though not, as he thought, at the expense of the metaphysical). Glittering surfaces are replete with hidden dangers: The Mediterranean sighs Because it is so calm: On an evening such as this The rustling of a palm Seems almost ominous, Whispering of nemesis. [?Sounds of Pleasure: Cannes, 1938”] By turns lyrical, amatory, satirical and dramatic, Plomer addresses his favourite subjects?Africa, the divided self, aesthetic pleasure, the macabre and the absurd?with a formal assurance, bleak wit and urgency of feeling. This rich and thorough selection presents, for the first time in almost fifty years, Plomer’s best.
Number of Pages: 128
Genre: Poetry, Literary Criticism
Series Title: Memento
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Independent Pub Group
Author: William Plomer
Language: English
Street Date: March 1, 2017
TCIN: 51833659
UPC: 9780993505638
Item Number (DPCI): 248-35-1165

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