Collected Poems 1960-1984

Collected Poems 1960-1984

£14.95
ISBN: 978-0-86140-206-9

This volume, the first full collection of Francis Warner’s poems for more than twenty years, confirmed his position as a master of lyric form, and also made possible a deeper awareness of the consistency of his development, and the range of his poetic achievement.

Collected Poems contains sonnets in every classical form – also sonnets reversed, inside-out, upside-down, ends-to-middle, with centre-rhyme, boot-lace rhyme, in two voices, acrostic, double acrostic. . . . Far from being merely a cascade of virtuosity, they are filled with deep emotion and rich experience, as well as being precisely made: modifications of the form grown from the pressure and directions of the emotions. The ‘dark’ sonnets are here (this time along with more than fifty others), but these now can be seen set in their original context, the sequence Experimental Sonnets – a book about which much has been written, on account of its technical innovations and its range of feeling, but the full text of which had been unavailable for twenty years.

In addition to such longer poems as his classical evocation Perennia, and over one hundred lyrics brought together for the first time, there are songs from ten plays.

‘Some of the most rewarding and individual poetry of the last quarter century.’ Glyn Pursglove in Francis Warner’s Poetry (1988)

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Medieval Irish Lyrics

Medieval Irish Lyrics

£7.99
with The Irish Bardic Poet
ISBN: 978-0-85105-360-8
19.8 x 12.9 cm.   

In Medieval Irish Lyrics Professor Carney gives us text and translation of early Irish Poems, both secular and religious. The translations are sensitive and felicitous, the fruit of some thirty years of research in Irish language and literature. Several of the poems have hitherto been known only to a handful of scholars and some appeared for the first time in this book.

Readers of all kinds will find here an introduction to the poetry of Ireland in verse translations which catch the movement of spirit of the originals. Professor Carney has prefaced the whole with an introduction in which he places the medieval Irish lyrics in their social and historical context.

The poets represented here wrote for a society which employed professional poets who could claim to stand in a direct succession from the druidic order of pre-Christian times. This new edition includes The Irish Bardic Poet, Professor Carney’s noted lecture to the Celtic School of the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies (1958) in which he presents a comprehensive picture of the relationship between a Bardic poet, Eochaidh Ó hEoghusa and his patrons, the Maguire family of Fermanagh.

James Carney of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, is the author of Studies in Early Irish Literature and History, The Problem of St. Patrick and The Poems of Blathmac.

'These translations of Professor Carney’s, from the point of view of a telling economy and a regard for the original image, its absolute rightness, are far and away superior to anything else I have read.' The Cork Examiner)

' Professor Carney has thrown light where there were shadows before, and for this he is, as scholar and poet, due our gratitude.' The Dublin Magazine)

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By the Cam and the Isis

By the Cam and the Isis

£25.00

1954-2000. An annotated edition of the poems Cambridge and Oxford

With over 120 pages of annotation and documentation by the poet and other Emeriti, Incl. Henry Chadwick and R.W. Burchfield.

This volume contains the texts of Francis Warner's Cambridge and Oxford, together with detailed notes to the people and places mentioned in the Poems.

‘One of the great teachers’ (Oxford Today, Michaelmas issue, 1998)

Francis Warner, MA (Cantab.) DLitt (Oxon.) divides his time between St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, where he used to teach and is now an Honorary Fellow, and St Peter’s College, Oxford, where he used to teach and is now an Emeritus Fellow, and Dean of Degrees.

Here he looks back over the last half century in his two universities with gratitude. This book takes the form of two poems, each describing a walk and the friends he meets and visits, or remembers: around Cambridge one night in winter, around Oxford one summer afternoon.

This new edition is fully annotated and documented, and as a result has become one poet’s portrait of his generation; of those who experienced the Second World War (some of them the First World War as well), and then devoted their lives to teaching the young in these twin cities.

‘You profoundly evoke the Cambridge of your youth.’ Henry Chadwick

‘The flow of characters through your Cambridge is the very living essence of what was good there. Your poem is truly matter from the heart, and the true heart of Cambridge.

‘I hope your picture of Oxford remains true . . . the continuity of values, the concern for the young, not the star performers but small things like reading a colleague’s piece of writing to check the notes; and whatever is the opposite of name-dropping – Bowra appearing because he was kind to his mother, Edmund Blunden because of his courage in suffering his traumatic memories of the First World War, Auden roused from a fit of gloom by a martini to give a glowing teaching-session to students sitting on your floor . . . musical rehearsals, trees, college gardens . . . beauty looking out from many places, in works of art and nature, half-perceived as you come and go in a civilized way of life . . . from friend to friend, generation to generation.

‘I can seen now how all your work has built up to a unity. It is about civilization – or perhaps a civilization, the one we inherit, and selects certain moments, certain people, who represent and have carried that civilization right from its beginnings. It is quite something to have done, Francis, and I am grateful.’ Kathleen Raine

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La Fontaine ‘Fables’ and other Poems

La Fontaine ‘Fables’ and other Poems

£7.99
With a foreword by Edmund Blunden
21.5 x 13.8 cm.     143 pp.   1982
ISBN: 978-0-86140-122-2

John Cairncross is considered to be the best trans­lator of Racine’s works, both from his ability to convey the ‘feel’ of the original as well as through the accuracy of his translation. One critic has said that Mr. Cairncross’s translations are ‘the only ones that arc both compulsively readable and capture the style as fairly as our language permits’, praise echoed by others, including the New Statesman and Times Literary Supplement.

In this collection from the French, Italian, Span­ish, German and Chinese, Mr. Cairncross demon­strates his ability with great skill. In La Fontaine’s Fables, as in the other translations in this volume, he captures the mood in every case. Each poem appears in the original language as well as in English, and, ending with a number of John Cairncross’s own poems, this book is a true pleasure to read.

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The Poems of James Stephens

The Poems of James Stephens

£40.00
Edited by Shirley Mulligan
Introduction by A. Norman Jeffares

During the past decades there has been a substantial body of bibliographical, critical and biographical material published testifying to Stephens' significance as poet, novelist, essayist, and short story writer. There has been an edition of his Letters by Richard J. Finneran (1974) and a two volume Uncollected Prose edited by Patricia McFate (1983). In addition, some of his prose works have been reprinted (The Crock of Gold; Irish Fairy Tales; Deirdre and The Insurrection in Dublin are presently listed by Amazon.co.uk), so a volume of Stephens' poetry is long overdue.

At the present time it is virtually impossible to locate any volume of Stephens’ poetry outside a library. In the case of his Collected Poems (1954), even if one finds a copy, it is difficult to evaluate the poet's progress, influences, or interests at any given period since the poems are arranged thematically under charming but elusive titles which, for the most part, tell nothing about the contents or period of their composition, although we are at least fortunate that the last three books in that volume are chronologically arranged. Furthermore, over one hundred poems published in volumes, in magazines, or newspapers were omitted from the Collected Poems. A complete chronological collection of James Stephens' poetry is therefore necessary if readers are to be encouraged to enjoy and study his work in depth, and that is what the present editor provides.

This volume contains more than 320 poems by Stephens, a biographical and critical introduction by A. Norman Jeffares (his last work before his death in 2005), as well as notes, indexes to titles and first lines, and an Appendix listing those poems that appeared in the 1954 Collected Poems. It is an essential adjunct to the library of every lover of Irish poetry.

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Devil’s Wine

Devil’s Wine

£35.00
Author:
Genre: Poetry
Tag: Devil's Wine
ISBN: 978-0-86140-066-9 21.6 x 13.8 cm.   112 pp.   1980

Vernon Scannell, in Times Literary Supplement, wrote of Martin Booth's previous collection, Calling with Owls, that 'the poems carry a strong sense of real experience observed with clarity and expressed with force and unwavering truthfulness.' In this, his sixth collection, Booth revised all that he felt worth retaining  from his earlier books and to these has added new poems which continue to affirm that he was, as Robin Skelton, in Malahat Review, stated, 'the most interesting and challenging poet of his generation.'

Martin Booth (1944-2004) was poet, publisher (The Sceptre Press was well-known for its single poem volumes), novelist, and biographer.21.6 x 13.8 cm.   112 pp.   1980

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The Irish Poems of J.J.Callanan

The Irish Poems of J.J.Callanan

£8.99

Edited and introduced by Gregory A.Schirmer

Despite the relatively slender volume of his work and the obscurity that marked his brief life – he was known to his friends as ‘the  Recluse’ –  the Cork poet J. J. Callanan (1795-1829) has come to be recognised as one of the most significant Irish poets writing before Yeats.  Inspired equally by English romanticism and Ireland’s Gaelic culture, and drawing often on the life of Irish-speaking communities in West Cork, Callanan’s work negotiates with remarkable effect between Ireland’s two principal traditions, while giving voice to many of the cultural forces that were shaping Irish life in the early years of the nineteenth century.

Callanan’s poetry has been out of print since 1883.  The present selection brings together all his poems having to do with Ireland, including those for which he is best known – his poetic translations from the Irish, lyrics such as ‘Gougane Barra,’ and his long autobiographical poem, ‘The Recluse of Inchidony’. The poems are fully annotated, and original sources for the translations, where known, are given.  The introduction provides a detailed account of Callanan’s life, drawing in part on private letters and diaries, as well as a critical assessment of his poetry.  There is also an extensive bibliography that includes a listing of all critical writings about Callanan.

Gregory A. Schirmer divides his time between Oxford, Mississippi, where he is Professor of English at the University of Mississippi, and Skibbereen, West Cork. His publications include The Poetry of Austin Clarke (1983), William Trevor. A Study of His Fiction (1990), (editor) Reviews and Essays of Austin Clarke (1995), which includes a massive checklist of Clarke’s periodical writings, and Out of What Began: A History of Irish Poetry in English (1998).

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The Silence of Snow

The Silence of Snow

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Tag: Silence of Snow
52pp.  20.4 cm.  2013 In a sequence of haunting poems the author has put down the random thoughts that reflected his sense of isolation and formed a barrier to keep him from thinking about the suffering of his dying partner, until he had to face the agony of the inevitable departure and reconcile himself to that parting. More info →
Footsteps

Footsteps

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Genre: Poetry
Tag: Footsteps
20.4cm 

In this latest short volume of poems, Jo Rippier shows how his love of nature has increased, developed and deepened through his recent volumes of poetry as he envies the arctic fox and admires precariously preserved idyllic landscapes. In 'Temporal', he fuses mortality and summer into an image of peacefully combined opposites. His description of the artistically observant church visitor's reaction, in 'Regarding a Church', creeping away 'uncomforted' and 'uncomfortable at registering expectations somehow unfulfilled' will remain a compelling image for the reader as it formulates that fleeting experience many people have without being able to say what it was that left them faintly uneasy.

A memorable collection, and as with Rippier's earlier volumes, one of Gerhard Elsner's superbly evocative watercolours decorates the dustjacket. More info →

Something Old, Something New

Something Old, Something New

£12.99
Jo Rippier was born in Plymouth in 1935, and educated at King’s School Worcester and Emmanuel College Cambridge. He gained his Ph.D. in English Literature at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitatät, where he was a lecturer in the English Department until retiring in 1998. His previous publications include The Short Stories of Sean O’Faolain: A Study in Descriptive Techniques,and Some Postwar English Novelists, a volume of short stories, Goodnight, Morning, and collections of poetry, Seasons & Remembrance, Beginnings, Endings, Past Present and Against the Stream. More info →
Late Motley

Late Motley

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Genre: Poetry
Tag: Late Motley

Jo Rippier was born in Plymouth in 1935, and educated at King’s School Worcester and Emmanuel College Cambridge. He gained his Ph.D. in English Literature at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitatät, where he was a lecturer in the English Department until retiring in 1998. His previous publications include The Short Stories of Sean O’Faolain: A Study in Descriptive Techniques,and Some Postwar English Novelists, a volume of short stories, Goodnight, Morning, and collections of poetry, Seasons & Remembrance, Beginnings, Endings, Past Present and Against the Stream.

Gerhard Elsner, whose illustration appears on the front cover, was born in Senftenberg, Germany, in 1930. He was educated at the Universities of Freiburg and Karlsruhe. He has a major reputation in Germany, with pictures in art museums and public buildings in Freiburg, Tübingen, Frankfurt, Konstanz and the Deutscher Bundestag in Berlin.

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Echoes and Reflections

Echoes and Reflections

£12.99
42pp.  20.4cm.     2009

This latest collection of poems by Jo Rippier reflect his love of the impact of the countryside and its scenery, of water, and of fishing, as well as childhood and school memories, and the memorials of war.

Jo Rippier was born in Plymouth in 1935, and educated at King’s School Worcester and Emmanuel College Cambridge. He gained his Ph.D. in English Literature at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universitatät, where he was a lecturer in the English Department until retiring in 1998. His previous publications include The Short Stories of Sean O’Faolain: A Study in Descriptive Techniques,and Some Postwar English Novelists, a volume of short stories, Goodnight, Morning, and collections of poetry, Seasons & Remembrance, Beginnings, Endings, Past Present, Against the Stream and Late Motley.

Gerhard Elsner, who illustration appears on the front cover, was born in Senftenberg, Germany, in 1930. He was educated at the Universities of Freiburg and Karlsruhe. He has a major reputation in Germany, with pictures in art museums and public buildings in Freiburg, Tübingen, Frankfurt, Konstanz and the Deutscher Bundestag in Berlin.

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Against the Stream
The Oracle in the Heart

The Oracle in the Heart

£5.50 paperback
This collection contains poems written between 1974 and 1978. These are the works of a visionary in the lineage of Blake and Coleridge, Shelley and Yeats who invokes the ancient wisdom of this rich heritage. More info →
An Duanaire 1600-1900. Poems of the Dispossessed

An Duanaire 1600-1900. Poems of the Dispossessed

£13.99
ISBN: 978-0-85105-364-6
21.6 x 13.8 cm.  

with 38 illustrations.

The primary purpose of this anthology is to demonstrate the nature and quality of the Irish poetic tradition during the troubled centuries from the collapse of the Gaelic order to the emergence of English as the dominant vernacular of the Irish people. The English translations, all new, have aimed at a close fidelity to the content of the originals while suggesting something of the poetic quality and the basic rhythms of the original Irish poems More info →

Shadows

Shadows

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Genre: Poetry
Tag: Shadows
38pp. 20.4 cm.

The poems in the present collection are somewhat autumnal in mood, reflecting both personal and spontaneous reactions to the world around. Sometimes strange sightings provoke personal reflections on the difference between nature and the modern world, whilst also revealing unsuspected significance.

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The Wexford Carols

The Wexford Carols

£7.50
21.6 x 13.8 cm.  

The tradition of carol singing in County Wexford goes back to the seventeenth century and continues as a living tradition today in the parish of Kilmore. The repertoire derives from a little book of songs published by Luke Wadding in Ghent in 1684 and from a manuscript collection compiled by Father William Devereux in County Wexford in 1734, which has been copied several times and is still circulated in manuscript copies.

Diarmaid O Muirithe has assembled the twenty-one carols which exist in the Wadding book and later copies of the Devereux manuscript compiled by Michael Murphy and Richard Neil in the early nineteenth century, and here presents the first complete collection of these rare texts.

The traditional airs which are still sung today were recorded by the Kilmore singers, and from this recording Seoirse Bodley has transcribed the airs. He has also provided a commentary on the musical mode. 

   

Diarmaid O Muirithe is an authority on the Anglo-Norman culture of south-east Ireland and Seoirse Bodley is a composer of international repute.

The reproduction on the cover is a detail from a woodcut, ‘The Holy Family with two angels in a portico’ c. 1502, by Albrecht Dürer.

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Darkness and Light

Darkness and Light

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Genre: Poetry
Tag: Darkness and Light
54pp. 20.4 cm

The poems in this collection swing in mood from darkly serious to rather lighter tones, the emphasis being on reactions both to what is observed physically, and to associations aroused by single words or ideas. These can be extreme, as with 'Inside Belsen' or 'Brimstone'. Sometimes, as with 'John Lindley Has Died', a news story in a magazine can provoke an emotional response, as the mind attempts to come to terms with what the announcement has evoked. More info →

Georgian Dublin

Georgian Dublin

£4.99
Twenty-five Views in Colour Aquatint
ISBN: 978-0-85105-425-4

10.7 x 14.8 cm landscape    xi, [53] pp.     25 full colour prints

Georgian Dublin is a pocket-sized edition of Malton's superb colour aquatints which show Dublin city in its finest age – the period in which the present layout of the city emerged and during which many of its classical buildings were erected. These lively and colourful prints open a window to the past and reveal scene after scene which, with one exception, can still be visited today. The views range from the great courtyard of Dublin Castle, past Gandon's riverfront masterpieces, the Custom House and the Four Courts, to the simple street scene at Capel Street bridge, peopled with the Dubliners of two centuries ago.

Malton's work originally appeared in the final decade of the eighteenth century and was highly praised on publication. He wrote in his announcement of the work that he was 'struck with admiration at the beauty of the capital of Ireland and was anxious to make a display of it to the world'.

'the most splendid illustrated book on Dublin.'
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The Poems of J.M.Synge

The Poems of J.M.Synge

£6.99
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Genre: Poetry
Tag: Poems of J.M.Synge
Edited by Robin Skelton

ISBN: 978-0-86140-058-4
xxxvi, 128 pp. 21.4 cm.

J.M.Synge died in 1909 and The Works of John M. Synge were published in four volumes by Maunsel & Co., Dublin, in 1910. Since that time, with the exception of a few minor verses and one or two fragments of prose, the canon of his work has remained unaltered. Nevertheless, much unpublished material exists, for the most part of great interest and significance for the understanding of Synge's methods of work and development. This material, including early drafts of the plays, notebooks, poems, and fragments of poetic drama, has now been thoroughly explored in order to create this definitive edition, first published by Oxford University Press 1962-68, which not only collects together all that is of significance in his printed and in his unprinted work, but also, by a careful use of worksheets and early drafts, indicates much of the process of creation which occurred before the production of the printed page.

The Collected Works is in four volumes, under the general editorship of the late Professor Robin Skelton, of the University of Victoria, British Columbia, who begins the series with his edition of the poems and translations, in which he has more than doubled the canon of Synge's verse. The prefaces by W. B. Yeats and Synge to the first, Cuala Press, edition are also included. The late Dr Alan Price, of The Queen's University, Belfast, edited the prose and Professor Ann Saddlemyer of Victoria College, University of Toronto, has edited the plays, published in two volumes. These volumes were published by arrangement with Oxford University Press.

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