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Book Title: Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin|
The author of the book: Alan Bennett
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Edition: Faber & Faber Ltd and Profile Books Ltd
Date of issue: 2014
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Six Poets is an anthology, an introduction and also an excellent education in the poetry of Hardy and Larkin, but also Houseman, Betjeman, Auden, and MacNeice. For those with interest but not extensive knowledge, this is a very good way to settle in to reading poetry by these classic poets, learning of essential themes, important biographical information, even links between some of the poets. Bennett is an amiable guide, never pedantic, providing information but doing it in an interesting way and then letting the poetry speak for itself. It's quite easy to discover who to follow further.
There are both full poems and lengthy excerpts of longer pieces of signature works, preceded or followed by Bennett's description of themes, metaphors, relationships to events in the poets' lives or world events.
This is an excellent introduction to these poets as it provides a biographical, literary and historical context for each...and actually connects them within the British literary tradition. I do recommend it to anyone with an interest in poetry who would like to learn more about these well known figures in a very "friendly" way.
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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Alan Bennett is an English author and Tony Award-winning playwright. Bennett's first stage play, Forty Years On, was produced in 1968. Many television, stage and radio plays followed, along with screenplays, short stories, novellas, a large body of non-fictional prose and broadcasting, and many appearances as an actor. Bennett's lugubrious yet expressive voice (which still bears a slight Leeds accent) and the sharp humour and evident humanity of his writing have made his readings of his own work (especially his autobiographical writing) very popular. His readings of the Winnie the Pooh stories are also widely enjoyed.
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