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Deaths of the Poets

by Michael Symmons Roberts and Paul Farley

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PUBLISHED: 8th February 2018
ISBN: 9780099581321
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The post-Romantic lore of the dissolute drunken poet has fatally skewed the image of poets in our culture. What is the price of poetry? In this book, two contemporary poets embark on a series of journeys to the death places of poets of the past, in part as pilgrims, but also as investigators, interrogating the myth.
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  • Paperback
    $22.13
PUBLISHED: 8th February 2018
ISBN: 9780099581321
ANNOTATION:
The post-Romantic lore of the dissolute drunken poet has fatally skewed the image of poets in our culture. What is the price of poetry? In this book, two contemporary poets embark on a series of journeys to the death places of poets of the past, in part as pilgrims, but also as investigators, interrogating the myth.

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The post-Romantic lore of the dissolute drunken poet has fatally skewed the image of poets in our culture. What is the price of poetry?

In this book, two contemporary poets embark on a series of journeys to the death places of poets of the past, in part as pilgrims, but also as investigators, interrogating the myth.

Publisher Description

From Dylan Thomas's eighteen straight whiskies to Sylvia Plath's desperate suicide in the gas oven of her Primrose Hill kitchen; from Chatterton's Pre-Raphaelite demise to Keats' death warrant in a smudge of arterial blood, the deaths of poets have often cast a backward shadow on their work.

The post-Romantic lore of the dissolute drunken poet has fatally skewed the image of poets in our culture. Novelists can be stable, savvy, politically adept and in control, but poets should be melancholic, doomed and self-destructive. Is this just an illusion , or is there some essential truth behind it? What is the price of poetry?

In this book, two contemporary poets embark on a series of journeys to the death places of poets of the past, in part as pilgrims, but also as investigators, interrogating the myth.

Author Biography

Michael Symmons Roberts (Author) Michael Symmons Roberts was born in Preston, Lancashire in 1963. He has published six collections of poetry and received a number of accolades including the Forward Prize, the Costa Poetry Award and the Whitbread Poetry Prize. As a librettist, his work has been performed in concert halls and opera houses around the world. An award-winning broadcaster and dramatist, he has published two novels, and is Professor of Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Paul Farley (Author) Paul Farley is the author of four collections of poetry and has won the Forward Prize for Best First Collection, the Whitbread Poetry Award and the E.M. Forster Award. He broadcasts regularly on radio and presents The Echo Chamber on Radio 4. Edgelands, co-written with Michael Symmons Roberts, received the Royal Society of Literature's Jerwood Award and the 2011 Foyles Best Book of Ideas Award and was serialised as Radio 4 Book of the Week.

Review

Deaths of the Poets is a gripping, witty read, but also asks serious questions about the way the post-Romantic myth of the doomed poet skews the way we interpret their work. -- Kathryn Hughes Mail on Sunday A terrifically entertaining book: thoughtful, funny, informative, with an eye for good quotes and anecdotes, and wide-ranging in both the distance it travels and the material on which it draws. -- Blake Morrison Guardian Deaths of the Poets is packed with anecdotes and macabre frisons; its forays through some of poetry's more sensational edge-lands make for a compelling read. -- Nicholas Roe Literary Review So much material of such innate interest is presented with just the right balance of panache, wit, insight and elegy... A good, clever, kindly and enjoyable book it is, like eavesdropping on two smarter friends when they are sparking off each other... Farley and Roberts are always entertaining and illuminating, gentle guides and quixotic questers. -- Stuart Kelly Scotland on Sunday A rollicking mixture of literary biography, commentary, travelogue and anecdotage, much of it deeply amusing. -- Claire Harman Evening Standard

Product Details

Author
Michael Symmons Roberts, Paul Farley
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Year
2018
ISBN-10
0099581329
ISBN-13
9780099581321
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2018-02-08
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Media
Book
Pages
432
Language
English
Audience
General/Trade
UK Release Date
2018-02-08
AU Release Date
2018-02-08
NZ Release Date
2018-02-08