Against Oblivion: Some Lives of the Twentieth-century Poets by Ian Hamilton

By Ian Hamilton

Ian Hamilton's final ebook, released posthumously in 2002, is a in general remarkable 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 20th century, supplying his own estimation of what claims they're going to have on posterity and 'against oblivion.' Examples of every poet's verse accompany Hamilton's textual content, making the publication either a provocative primer and a type of severe anthology.

'The affective strength of this book... lies in its understatement and its realizing of what we'd care approximately. From a century of Manifestoes and events, Hamilton works as a corrective for the neighborhood and particular... his inspiration of poetry, of what made greatness in poetry, emerges intact from each one measured sentence. His feedback regularly pointed you in the direction of all that he may possibly locate that used to be precise in a bit of writing.' - Tim Adams, Observer

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