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The Oxford Book of Garden Verse By Edited by John Dixon Hunt

The Oxford Book of Garden Verse
by Edited by John Dixon Hunt

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From Chaucer to the present day, this anthology covers a variety of topics - the formal garden to small domestic ones, gardeners, weeds, manure, fruit, vegetables and flowers, and gardens as clandestine meeting places. John Dixon Hunt also wrote "The Figure in the Landscape" and "Garden and Grove".
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The Oxford Book of Garden Verse Summary


The Oxford Book of Garden Verse by Edited by John Dixon Hunt

There have been poems about gardens for as long as there have been gardens. Gardens have been all things to all men and women: paradoxical sites of pleasure and pain, of safety and danger, art and nature, public spaces and private retreats, places of physical labour and metaphysical reflection. This diversity and versatility have always attracted poets, whose repertory of garden themes on the page matches what garden makers have achieved on the ground. In this anthology successive historical periods of gardening - from enclosed garden and landscape park to Victorian flower-garden and modern patio - are mirrored in verse from the Middle Ages to the present day. While poets have eagerly seized upon the metaphorical associations gardens inspire, they have also been attracted to the opportunities they offer for description, both romantic and robust. As well as being microcosms of society, either perfectly maintained or ill-kempt and overrun, where love can blossom alongside the flowers, or withering and decay may presage death, they are sites of real human labour. The gardener is here celebrated as much as his creation, as are his mundane tasks of weeding and making compost, mowing lawns and tending the allotment. In his Introduction John Dixon Hunt identifies certain themes that recur throughout a selection that ranges from Chaucer to Pope, Marvell to Tennyson, Coleridge to Fleur Adcock, W. B. Yeats to Anthony Hecht, and Rudyard Kipling to Anne Sexton. Particularly fertile in modern examples, this anthology is a riot of literary talent to match the most abundant of gardens.

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The Oxford Book of Garden Verse Reviews


It is hard to better poetry as a source for understanding the importance of the garden to human society. There have been other collections of garden verse, but it would be difficult to find one as thorough, intelligent and satisfying as this. It should be on every literate gardeners shelf. TLS
`by far the best such anthology yet compiled' Rosemary Pettit, Bookseller
'It is the inclusion of a generous number of poems by living writers that gives this anthology its freshness.' Anne Scott-James, Daily Mail
'a fascinating new anthology of verse from Oxford University Press' David Vickerman, Western Mail
'Anyone who enjoys gardens and gardening could find that this anthology becomes their favourite bedside book. John Dixon Hunt's selection is so deliciously varied and so full of unfamiliar gems that it will surely win over even a normally unpoetical garden-lover.' Patricia Morison, The Oldie
'promises to 'delight all those who garden and enjoy gardens, and who relish thje astonishing variety of poetry the garden has inspired' Roddy Llewellyn, The Mail on Sunday
`a pleasure to read for all, regardless of how green their fingers may be' Oxford Times
'an exhilarating mix of poetry, medieval and modern, haunting and humorous, on topics ranging from college garden to conservatory, potting shed and allotment' Dilly Halpin, Oxford Times
'The anthology is certainly a pleasant read for all, regardless of how green their fingers may be.' Emma Howell, Oxford Times
'I have always been disappointed by garden anthologies, which rely too heavily on well-known classics and doggerel, but John Dixon-Hunt breaks the mould with the range and depth of his selection. Francesca Greenoak, The Times
'here are 239 English-language poems - romantic, witty, robust, wistful, sad and luxuriant - which will appeal to all who delight in gardens and poetry' Sunday Telegraph
'a lovely collection of poems from the Middle Ages ... to contemporary poets ... Full of memorable imagery and wonderful descriptions, it is a book to treasure.' Day by Day
'here are 239 English-language poems - romantic, witty, robust, wistful, sad and luxuriant - which will appeal to all who delight in gardens and poetry' Sunday Telegraph

About Edited by John Dixon Hunt



John Dixon Hunt is academic advisor to the Oak Spring Garden Library in Upperville, Virginia, and is former Director of Studies in Landscape Architecture at Dumbarton Oaks. He is the editor of the Journal of Garden History.

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GOR003602011
The Oxford Book of Garden Verse by Edited by John Dixon Hunt
Edited by John Dixon Hunt
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Oxford University Press
1993-03-25
378
0192141961
9780192141965
N/A
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