Collected Poems, Paperback
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To catch "in full sight" is Edwin Morgan's ambition.

That fullness he achieves in lyric epiphanies, in the cumulative focuses and refocuses of sequences, in the reification of words in concrete poems, in the rhythms of sound poems.

He hears and transcribes voices. Even the sonnet form remains an experiment for the poet questing for vision and unwilling to rest on rules.

This volume includes Edwin Morgan's "Poems of Thirty Years" (1982) and "Themes on a Variation" (1988), together with some 50 uncollected poems from 1939 to 1982.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
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  • Category: Poetry by individual poets
  • ISBN: 9781857541885



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Some interesting poems, some nice imagery; the collection contains some more experimental/visual stuff, too. I liked the 'Newspoems' -- I think that's what he called them -- but in general I wasn't enamoured. I might dip into this volume occasionally -- I bought it because of Karine Polwart's song, 'The Good Years', but I can't remember now if I've read the poem she based it on. Or whether it's in here -- I can't remember if it was written by him specifically for that purpose.

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