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Edith Sitwell: Collected Poems

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Always witty and flamboyant, poet, critic and biographer Dame Edith Sitwell was a champion of literary modernity. As a younger poet she challenged formal conventionalism with her own verses, such as the satirical romp Façade (1922). Later, her poetry sternly turned to class issues before she fell from fashion in the 1930s. After the Second World War, Sitwell enjoyed renewe ...more
Hardcover, 444 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Overlook Press (first published January 1st 1954)
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Apr 15, 2008 Amy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I recently read a poem by Edith Sitwell on Poetry Daily and was surprised & charmed by her facile use of language & music. I love the word glycerine in a poem! I had to add her to my to-read list.

Portrait of a Barmaid

Metallic waves of people jar
Through crackling green toward the bar

Where on the tables chattering-white
The sharp drinks quarrel with the light.

Those coloured muslin blinds the smiles,
Shroud wooden faces in their wiles—

Sometimes they splash like water (you
Yourself reflected in
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Apr 12, 2011 Patrick Gibson rated it really liked it
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I have always liked her poetry. Mostly archaic sounding yet weirdly contemporary. This is an excellent anthology. Hits on all the famous poems -- plus some obscure. Good for the collection.

"Within your magic web of hair, lies furled
The fire and splendour of the ancient world;
The dire gold of the comet’s wind-blown hair;
The songs that turned to gold the evening air
When all the stars of heaven sang for joy.
The flames that burnt the cloud-high city Troy.
The mÆnad fire of spring on the cold earth;
May 10, 2007 Casey rated it really liked it
Shelves: adults
I bought this because I read that she'd said, "My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence." How perfectly bitchy. Turns out I like the poetry, too.
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Oct 25, 2012 Sam Flowers rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, england
I struggled with this, though poetry of all writing I struggle with most.

I may return to it, I may not.

There is so much writing to be read!
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Dame Edith Louisa Sitwell, DBE, was a British poet and critic.
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