By Ian Hamilton
Ian Hamilton's final booklet, released posthumously in 2002, is a commonly exceptional revisiting of the concept that of Samuel Johnson's vintage Lives of the English Poets, in which Hamilton considers forty five deceased poets of the 20 th century, supplying his own estimation of what claims they are going to have on posterity and 'against oblivion.' Examples of every poet's verse accompany Hamilton's textual content, making the booklet either a provocative primer and a type of severe anthology.
'The affective strength of this book... lies in its understatement and its knowing of what we would care approximately. From a century of Manifestoes and hobbies, Hamilton works as a corrective for the neighborhood and particular... his proposal of poetry, of what made greatness in poetry, emerges intact from each one measured sentence. His feedback consistently pointed you in the direction of all that he may well locate that was once precise in a section of writing.' Tim Adams, Observer
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