By Ian Hamilton
Ian Hamilton's final ebook, released posthumously in 2002, is a generally excellent revisiting of the idea that of Samuel Johnson's vintage Lives of the English Poets, in which Hamilton considers forty five deceased poets of the 20 th century, supplying his own estimation of what claims they're going to have on posterity and 'against oblivion.' Examples of every poet's verse accompany Hamilton's textual content, making the e-book either a provocative primer and a type of serious anthology.
'The affective energy of this book... lies in its understatement and its realizing of what we would care approximately. From a century of Manifestoes and events, Hamilton works as a corrective for the neighborhood and particular... his notion of poetry, of what made greatness in poetry, emerges intact from each one measured sentence. His feedback continually pointed you in the direction of all that he may possibly locate that was once precise in a section of writing.' Tim Adams, Observer
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