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Book Title: Nonsense|
The author of the book: Christopher Reid
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 888 KB
Edition: Faber Faber
Date of issue: September 6th 2012
ISBN 13: 9780571281282
Read full description of the books Nonsense:What a strange, but admirable and enjoyable book ! I chose to order it following a review in my newspaper, thinking it was a novel. Actually, it is a volume of poetry -in a way- just as some of the poems have a narrative quality -in a way-, though in that case, the stories do not display much of a yarn (like a widowed, retired professor deciding to attend a conference abroad, where he will meet a number of former students with whom he will not hop into the sack).
The charm of the book lies elsewhere. On a prima facie basis, some poems look like prose broken up into short lines, but then again, this (as well as the lexical choices) gives the text a rhythmic and sonorous quality of great beauty.
Nor does Reid let himself be locked up in one genre. Some of the poems rhyme, some don't;, some poems display regular metre, some don't; and some aim halfway between the two, and all this adds up to the pleasant surprise which I believe poetry ought to give, whatever the age or formal constraints. And in this respect, I feel the small volume is successful -- not one to be buried away on a bottom shelf to be eventually forgotten, but one to be kept within reach to be read again and again on a quiet evening.
Read information about the authorChristopher Reid, FRSL is a Hong Kong-born British poet, essayist, cartoonist, and writer. He has been nominated twice for the Whitbread Awards in 1996 and in 1997. A contemporary of Martin Amis, he was educated at Exeter College, Oxford. He is one of the exponents of Martian poetry which employs unusual metaphors to render everyday experiences and objects unfamiliar. He has worked as poetry editor at Faber and Faber and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Hull. In January 2010 he was awarded the 2009 Costa Book Award for A Scattering, written as a tribute to his late wife, the actress Lucinda Gane. The work won in the poetry category, and overall Best Book of the Year, becoming the first poet to take the overall prize since Seamus Heaney in 1999.
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