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Poems and Melodramas : ELEANOR BRASCH - Donald Davie

Poems and Melodramas

ELEANOR BRASCH

Paperback Published: 27th February 2013
ISBN: 9781857542905
Number Of Pages: 128

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Shortly before his death in 1995, Donald Davie sent his publisher the poem
'Our Father'. This ten-part meditation broke a poetic silence which had
stretched from 1988, when with To Scorch or Freeze, the writer declared his
work as a poet finished. He continued to write essays and to add from time
to time to his verse 'Melodramas', with their roots in Landor and Leopardi.
    
It is clear that the Muse had not finished with Davie at all; a
body of poems gathered sufficient for a remarkable book, extending the
concerns of his late years—concerns with 'the sacred', with England, and
with our vexed age. In Poems and Melodramas his voice sounds with a humane
insistence on clarity and definition, and the uneasy certainties of a faith
hard-won.

Bits and Piecesp. 1
The Knave of Heartsp. 2
The Lost Bridep. 3
Orvieto. The King of Clubsp. 4
On the Final Dayp. 6
To C.T.p. 7
Thomas and Emmap. 8
To a Staffordshireman, from a Devon Villap. 9
Jottings, not so Randomp. 10
Sea of Tiberiasp. 12
Seeing through Mep. 13
Toby to Aguecheekp. 14
War Criminalp. 15
Ecclesiastical Polityp. 16
Women and Warp. 17
On a hint from Bertoluccip. 18
On anotherp. 18
Greenp. 18
Alfierip. 19
To a Neophytep. 19
After Whittierp. 20
After Wattsp. 20
Good Fridayp. 21
'That he should be so severe'p. 21
Freedomp. 22
On Edmund Spenser's House in Irelandp. 23
Two Intercepted Lettersp. 24
Bearing Witnessp. 25
The Bentp. 26
Immortal Longings. Before Surgeryp. 27
Tiger at the Movie-Showp. 28
Fatherhoodp. 30
Reticencep. 31
After a Change of Regimep. 35
A Heroine of the Academyp. 47
Bella and Rosap. 52
Three Pastors in Berlinp. 58
Chernobyl. A Disasterp. 63
Balancing Actsp. 69
Another Old Bolshevikp. 77
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ISBN: 9781857542905
ISBN-10: 1857542908
Series: ELEANOR BRASCH
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 27th February 2013
Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.5  x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.13

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