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The Song of the Earth

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As we enter a new millennium ruled by technology, will poetry still matter? "The Song of the Earth" answers eloquently in the affirmative. A book about our growing alienation from nature, it is also a brilliant meditation on the capacity of the writer to bring us back to earth, our home.

In the first ecological reading of English literature, Jonathan Bate traces the distinc...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published March 8th 2002 by Harvard University Press (first published 2000)
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Candy Wood
Having helped begin ecocriticism in the UK with his Romantic Ecology in 1991, Bate here focuses on “why poetry continues to matter,” presenting a variety of poems that promote imaginative reconnection with the earth. Throughout, he explores the paradox that poetry is part of “culture,” that trees are destroyed to make paper on which to print poems about living trees, but believes the acts of reading, thinking about, and interpreting poetry can bring an awareness of natural balance. He warns that...more
Rewarding, especially if read gradually. An exploration of the effects of time and place on the English poets who lived so close to and loved our first mother, Earth. John Clare, the 17th century people's poet, is what drew me to Jonathan Bate, however the range of Bate's fascination with his subject has extended my own appreciation. Timely, such clear awareness brought forward into our age of pressing ecological concerns. The earth was personal to John Clare, as it is to a fortunate few of us.
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Jonathan Bate CBE FBA FRSL is a British academic, biographer, critic, broadcaster, novelist and scholar of Shakespeare, Romanticism and Ecocriticism. He is also Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford and Provost of Worcester College, Oxford. A Man Booker Prize judge in 2014.

He studied at the University of Cambridge and Harvard University. He has been King Alfred Professor of E...more
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