On Poetry, Hardback
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"On Poetry, the latest addition to the Oberon Masters series, is a collection of short essays and reflections on poetry from the acclaimed British poet Glyn Maxwell.

These essays illustrate Maxwell's poetic philosophy, that the greatest verse arises from a harmony of mind and body, and that poetic forms originate in human necessities - breath, heartbeat, footstep, posture.

He speaks of his inspirations, his models, and takes us inside the strange world of the Creative Writing Class, where four young hopefuls grapple with love, sex, cheap wine and hard work.

Illustrated with examples from canonical poets, this is a beautiful and accessible guide to the most ancient and sublime of the realms of literature."


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 176 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Oberon Books Ltd
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  • Category: Plays, playscripts
  • ISBN: 9781849430852



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Convincing argument for form in poetry as a way of forcing writers to work harder and produce something memorable and based on human characteristics such as breath and gait. Using extracts from poems to illustrate points adds to the pleasure and the imaginary creative writing class contributes to making this a fascinating read.

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