By Ian Hamilton
Ian Hamilton's final e-book, released posthumously in 2002, is a regularly remarkable revisiting of the concept that of Samuel Johnson's vintage Lives of the English Poets, in which Hamilton considers forty five deceased poets of the 20 th century, supplying his own estimation of what claims they'll have on posterity and 'against oblivion.' Examples of every poet's verse accompany Hamilton's textual content, making the publication either a provocative primer and a type of serious anthology.
'The affective energy of this book... lies in its understatement and its knowing of what we would care approximately. From a century of Manifestoes and activities, Hamilton works as a corrective for the neighborhood and particular... his inspiration of poetry, of what made greatness in poetry, emerges intact from every one measured sentence. His feedback regularly pointed you in the direction of all that he might locate that was once precise in a section of writing.' Tim Adams, Observer
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