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The first Selected Poems of John Davidson for 30 years, this new selection brings together the best of his work both from the 1890s and his later materialist phase. Davidson has lately been reassessed, and he is now generally recognized to be a poet of major status, a precursor of the modernist movement, and the best Scottish poet between Robert Burns and Hugh MacDiarmid. This edition demonstrates the quality and breadth of Davidson's work, and also contains selections from his letters and prose writings, which shed new light on his life and aims as a poet. Widely admired as an early modern, Davidson's fascination with urban experience and the new technologies supplied a precedent for the Modernist movement. John Sloan's edition brings together the popular poems of the 1890s such as 'In Romney Marsh', 'London' and 'Thirty Bob a Week', and the ambitious and highly celebrated poems of his later years such as 'The Crystal Palace' and 'London Bridge', with their ironic observations of the London crowds. Also included are `The Thames Embankmente' with its materialistic blending of urban and natural landscape, and the moving and scientific `Snow'.

Industry Reviews

`thoughtful and sensitive ... They could not be more welcome, nor the biography more open.' Times Higher Education Supplement `Sloan has written a good biography and produced an interesting selection of Davidson's writings. ... the availability of this attractive new selection makes it possible for readers to reach their own conclusions.' MLR, 92.3, 1997

Bibliographical Outline
Ayrshire Jockp. 3
The Rev. Habakkuk McGruther, of Cape Wrath, in 1879p. 7
Thoreaup. 8
Selene Eden, from In a Music-Hallp. 10
Piper, Play!p. 12
'The Boat is Chafing', from Scaramouch in Naxosp. 14
from Fleet Street Eclogues, first seriesp. 17
Holiday at Hampton Courtp. 30
In the Isle of Dogsp. 32
A Cinque Portp. 35
In Romney Marshp. 36
Two Songsp. 37
from Springp. 39
A Northern Suburbp. 40
Thirty Bob A Weekp. 41
A Ballad of a Nunp. 45
from A Ballad in Blank Verse of the Making of a Poetp. 51
To My Friendp. 61
To My Enemyp. 61
A Loaferp. 62
[Confessions of a Haunted Mind], from Lammasp. 64
The Last Rosep. 66
A Woman and her Sonp. 68
Waitingp. 76
Earth to Earthp. 78
Insomniap. 79
The Giftp. 79
The Pricep. 80
Eclogue: Votary and Artistp. 81
The Outcastp. 89
from The Testaments (1901-1904)p. 94
The World's Failurep. 100
The Last Songp. 108
A Runnable Stagp. 111
London Bridgep. 114
The Crystal Palacep. 117
from Fleet Streetp. 126
Fleet Street: A Songp. 129
The Thames Embankmentp. 131
from The Aristocrat of the Roadp. 134
from The Testament of Sir Simon Simplex Concerning Automobilismp. 137
Snowp. 141
Two Dogsp. 144
The Waspp. 148
from The Testament of John Davidson: [In Defence of Suicide]p. 150
Episode - The Last Journeyp. 152
[Cain's Final Blessing], from Cainp. 154
Index to First Linesp. 203
Index to Prosep. 205
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780198183358
ISBN-10: 0198183356
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 16th November 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.38 x 14.45  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.42