New collected poems

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Carcanet, 2002 - Poetry - 386 pages
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With new poems from the past 25 years as well as works from the award-winning 1986 Collected Poems, this collection demonstrates Elizabeth Jennings's enduring poetic elegance and skill. It is an abidingly popular body of poetry that uses traditional forms with experimental vigor and explores the verse-essay, the extended sequence, the epistle, and the love elegy. The poet is attuned to the changes in language that is her medium in every sense.

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Elizabeth Jennings was born in Boston, England. Educated at Oxford High School and St. Anne's College, Oxford, she worked in the Oxford City Library from 1950 to 1958 and then as a reader for the publisher Chatto & Windus. Since 1961 she has been a freelance writer. She lived in Oxford but often visited Italy, where many of her poems are set. After a difficult period, which included stays in a mental hospital, Jennings has written strongly religious verse. She has said that "my Roman Catholic religion and my poems are the most important things in my life." Jennings is one of the major figures associated with the Movement, one of the most important "movements" in postwar British poetry. Movement poetry is meticulously crafted, controlled and common-sensical, sardonic, lucid, and self-consciously ironic. Jennings writes a restrained, sometimes lapidary, poetry of lucid diction and traditional meters. The Italian setting and profound religious conviction distinguish her work from that of the other Movement writers, as does her more personal and confessional stance. She has done numerous translations, including an interesting version of Michelangelo's sonnets.

Michael Schmidt was born in Germany in 1945. In 1976 he founded and has since been the head of the Werkstatt fur Fotografie at Volkshochschule Kreuzberg. Schmidt received various prizes and funding for his photographic work that has been shown worldwide in group and solo exhibitions. He lives and works in Berlin.

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