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Penultimata

(2009)
A collection of poems by

 
 
Robert Conquest stresses poetry's relationship to the phenomenal universe-in particular to landscape, women, art, and war. His entirely individual poetic voice, varying from achieved lyrical sound and structure to other well-rendered forms and finish, gives us disturbing fictions, emotive landscapes, vivid erotica, off-beat humor, historical sufferings-and even odd demons, planets and philosophies. Born in 1917, Robert Conquest, along with Philip Larkin, Kingsley Amis, Thom Gunn and others, was a leading member of the so-called Movement. After distinguished service in the war, he became a diplomat and served as Margaret Thatcher's speechwriter. He is perhaps best known for his work as a historian, being one of the first to expose the whole truth about the Soviet regime. ""Its themes-love, history, manners-are those of the great Greeks and Romans; so, too, is its wit, warmth, and the ultimate humility of recognizing that anyone's life fades and dies, while human nature endures."" Booklist ""A civilized voice, alternately irreverent and grave, praising the life of the body the individual over the collective... These are poems by a man of the world who has seen and studied much and has apparently lived with gusto. It is good to be in his company.""--The Hudson Review

    

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November 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Three Poets in Conversation
Author(s): Dick Davis, Rachel Hadas
ISBN: 1-904130-36-4 / 978-1-904130-36-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Waywiser
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