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Collected poems by Lynette Roberts

Collected poems (edition 2005)

by Lynette Roberts (Author), Patrick McGuinness (Editor)

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Title:Collected poems
Authors:Lynette Roberts (Author)
Other authors:Patrick McGuinness (Editor)
Info:Manchester: Carcanet, 2005.
Collections:Your library, To read
Tags:poetry, female author, welsh, war, carcanet press, bookshelf09, birthday gift

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Collected Poems by Lynette Roberts




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Long out of print I recently purchased a second hand copy of this writers collected poems, he died in 1948. Faber's publication includes an interesting introduction by his widow that helps to place the man and his work in a wider biographical context than the poetry alone could achieve. I was drawn to Roberts because of his mountaineering activities and his Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Lake District connections. I had not until recently heard of his work and especially like poems such as: Langdale, Nightfall Januray 4th. and also: - On Glaramara 1947, which I suspect was written if not at the same time then as a result of his same visit to the Lakes.

ON GLARAMARA: 1947 (Part).

Midnight and the pale snow
Crisp underfoot,
A frost encircled moon
On Glaramara.

Stone country cannot suffer
Your loss or mine;
The valley guards its sorrow
At this New Year.

Compared with a lot of his work rather rich in Manichaean struggles of free-choice and the metaphysical continuum, the Glaramara and Langdale poems are straightforward doing pretty much what's said on the tin!
Interestingly, the frontispiece bears the signature "Herbert Lomas" April, 1966. I suspect ,and hope this means that the book was previously owned by Herbert Lomas the Todmordon born poet, translator and friend of Ted Hughes? Which brings me to the real point of this post.. Does anyone know of an online resource that could be used to check the signature? It would be nice to have a confirmation... ( )
  summonedbyfells | Jun 16, 2014 |
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The work of an original haunting poet comes to life again, after fifty years. Lynette Roberts was born in Buenos Aires, a Welsh writer whose best work stands alongisde that of her near-contemporaries: David Jones, R.S. Thomas and Dylan Thomas, and yet an outsider in Wales. She is a war poet: her two published collections are about a woman's life in wartime. But she is also a love poet and a poet of the hearth. A late-modernist, she moves between the mythic and the domestic voices. Her work was praised by, among others, T.S. Eliot, Wyndham Lewis and Robert Graves. Experimental and chall.… (more)

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