Collected Poems and Drawings of Stevie Smith by Stevie Smith

By Stevie Smith

While Stevie Smith died in 1971 she was once one of many twentieth-century's preferred poets; lots of her poems were extensively anthologised, and 'Not Waving yet Drowning' is still one of many nation's favorite poems to this day.

Satirical, mischievous, teasing, disarming, her typically lightning-fast adjustments in tone take readers from comedy to tragedy and again back, whereas her line drawings are through turns unsettling and beguiling. during this absolutely re-creation of her paintings, Smith pupil Will could collects jointly the illustrations and poems from her unique released volumes for the 1st time, recording interesting information about their provenance, and describing many of the models Smith offered either on degree and web page. together with over 500 works from Smith's 35-year profession, The gathered Poems and Drawings of Stevie Smith is the basic variation of contemporary poetry's so much specific voice.

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As he gave out his text, his voice ‘rose like a steam of rich distilled perfumes,’ and when he came to the two last words, which he pronounced loud, deep, and distinct, it seemed to me, who was then young, as if the sounds had echoed from the bottom of the human heart, and as if that prayer might have floated in solemn silence through the universe. ’ ... I could not have been more delighted if I had heard the music of the spheres. Poetry and Philosophy had met together. 8 That ringing affirmation of solitude and isolation is strikingly consonant with how Coleridge saw himself.

There is mystery here, as much as relief. In the Preface Wordsworth talks of the role of repetition in poetry, and its function in recreating the repetition of experience: so here, the very repetition of ‘again’ draws attention to itself, and in doing so reminds us that repetition involves change. Just as ‘these orchard-tufts . . lose themselves / Among the woods and copses’, so the poet loses and finds and then loses himself again as the poem unfolds. Wordsworth wants to affirm that for all the loss of the past, of his youthful self, his ‘aching joys’ and ‘dizzy raptures’, he has, in fact, Abundant recompense.

I could not have been more delighted if I had heard the music of the spheres. Poetry and Philosophy had met together. 8 That ringing affirmation of solitude and isolation is strikingly consonant with how Coleridge saw himself. In describing his retreat to Somerset, Coleridge is honest enough: 36 The Problem of Poetry in the Romantic Period Here I found myself all afloat. ’ The fontal truths of natural religion and the books of Revelation alike contributed to the flood; and it was long ere my ark touched on an Ararat, and rested.

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