By Peter Redgrove
Peter Redgrove, who died in 2003, was once probably the most prolific of post-war poets and, as this Collected Poems finds, one of many best.
A pal and modern of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath within the early Fifties, Redgrove used to be appeared by way of many as their equivalent, and his paintings has been championed by way of a wide selection of writers, from Margaret Drabble to Colin Wilson, Douglas Dunn to Seamus Heaney. Ted Hughes as soon as wrote warmly to Redgrove of "how vital you've been to me. You've no thought how much—right from the 1st time we met." during this first Collected Poems, Neil Roberts has amassed jointly the easiest poems from 26 volumes of verse—from The Collector (1959) to the 3 books released posthumously.
The result's an unearthed treasure trove—poems that locate new and exciting methods of celebrating the flora and fauna and the human situation, poems that dazzle with their visible mind's eye, poems that express the massive variety and intensity of the poet's artwork.
In Redgrove's poetry there's a precise melding of the erotic, the terrifying, the playful, the unusual, and the unusually wide-spread; his originality and effort is extraordinary in our time and his paintings was once the paintings of a real visionary.
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For the rest he put every man into the plain, that it should be the more strongly held and defended. Now when he had arrayed the battle, and given his commandment to the captains, the king placed himself amidst the chosen men of his own household, those whom he deemed the most loyal to his person. He spoke apart with his friends concerning the 46 Wace battle. Earl Eldof was near the king’s side that day, together with many another baron. “God,” said Eldof, “what joy will be mine that hour when Hengist and I meet face to face, with none between us.
I dare not open my lips to speak of such awful matters, which are too high for me, save only when needs speak I must. Should my tongue be unloosed by greed or lightness, should I be puffed up by vanity, then my familiar spirit—that being by whom I know that which I know—would withdraw his inspiration from my breath. My knowledge would depart from me, and the words I speak would be no weightier than the idle words on every gossip’s lips. Let the future take care of itself. Consider rather the concerns of to-day.
Romanus, the Apostle of Rome. With him came St. Louis of Troyes. These two fair bishops, Germanus of Auxerre and Louis of Troyes, crossed the sea to prepare the way of the Lord. By them were the tables of the law redelivered, and men converted again to the faith. They brought many a man to salvation; many a miracle, many a virtue, did God show in their persons, and many a country was the sweeter for their lives. When the law of God was restored, and Britain made again a Christian land, hearken now what foul work was done by treason and by envy.
Collected Poems by Peter Redgrove