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Selected Poems (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)

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A new and essential selection from the range and bulk of Robert Graves's poetry, edited by Ulster poet Michael Longley. This edition will restore Graves to view as a major twentieth century poet, and demonstrate his manifold achievement as war poet, as love poet, and as - in the round - a secular visionary whose poems are 'inimitable, eccentric marvels - some of which are ...more
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Liam Guilar
Anyone who knows the complete poems will have favorites which may not be in here, but this is still a good selection and contains most of the poems his reputation might hang on. And so much of that has thankfully nothing to do with "war poetry'.

The introductory essay by Michael Longly is good, making a case for the poems and the poet which exaggerates neither. He points out the strengths of Graves' poems in a way that alerts the reader to them without making silly claims for their cosmic signif
Robert Graves is an excellent poet and his work deserves five stars. But this edition adds very little to previous Penguin collections of his poetry that were selected by Graves himself. In fact, a sizeable amount of great poems were omitted from previous editions.

Still, for someone who wants a general introduction to the poems of Robert Graves this edition is a solid edition but should not be regarded as gospel.
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Robert Ranke Graves, born in Wimbledon, received his early education at King's College School and Copthorne Prep School, Wimbledon & Charterhouse School and won a scholarship to St John's College, Oxford. While at Charterhouse in 1912, he fell in love with G. H. Johnstone, a boy of fourteen ("Dick" in Goodbye to All That) When challenged by the headmaster he defended himself by citing Plato, G ...more
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