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Elizabeth Jennings listens carefully, through spiritual, emotional and mental turbulence. She has created a body of poetry, using traditional forms with experimental vigour, keeping her spirit attuned to her art and the changes in language which is her medium in every sense.

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New Collected Poems: Elizabeth Jennings by Elizabeth Jennings

Does history tell stories? Yes, if the poet listens carefully. Elizabeth Jennings listens carefully, through spiritual, emotional and mental turbulence. She has created an abidingly popular body of poetry, using traditional forms with experimental vigour, keeping her spirit attuned to her art and language. Her vocation is praise, as a lover praises the things made, the makers and the maker. New Collected Poems incorporates her award winning 1986 Collected Poems, adding from the poems she wrote in the next fifteen years. In that time she found new themes and styles, exploring by means of the verse-essay, the extended sequence, the epistle and love elegy. When experience is extreme, poetry for her is never exorcism, always sacrament, a sharing, a way back form the edge, not over it. As a critic in Every Changing Shape she insisted on continuities in the language if poetry, its contingencies. 'Poets work upon and through each other,' she declared. Within her own work these continuities are brilliant are brilliantly in evidence.

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"Some of the finest lyric poetry of the 20th century." --Anne Stevenson, the "Sunday Times"

About Elizabeth Jennings


Elizabeth Jennings, born in Lincolnshire in 1926, has spent most of her life in Oxford. Her first book won a Somerset Maugham Award, and many distinctions followed, among them the W.H. Smith Award (1987) and a C.B.E. Over the last twenty years Carcanet has published many of her books including Selected Poems, Collected Poems, Tributes, Times and Seasons, Familiar Spirits, In the Meantime, Praises, her translations of Michelangelo's Sonnets, her critical meditation Every Changing Shape and her anthology A Poet's Choice

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NGR9781857545593
New Collected Poems: Elizabeth Jennings by Elizabeth Jennings
Elizabeth Jennings
New
Paperback
Carcanet Press Ltd
2002-02-28
401
1857545591
9781857545593
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