The Unaccompanied

The Unaccompanied The most popular English poet since Larkin Sunday TimesAfter than a decade and following his celebrated adventures in drama translation travel writing and prose poetry Simon Armitage s eleventh col
  • Title: The Unaccompanied
  • Author: Simon Armitage
  • ISBN: 9780571333844
  • Page: 212
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The most popular English poet since Larkin Sunday TimesAfter than a decade and following his celebrated adventures in drama, translation, travel writing and prose poetry, Simon Armitage s eleventh collection of poems heralds a return to his trademark contemporary lyricism The pieces in this multi textured and moving volume are set against a backdrop of economic re The most popular English poet since Larkin Sunday TimesAfter than a decade and following his celebrated adventures in drama, translation, travel writing and prose poetry, Simon Armitage s eleventh collection of poems heralds a return to his trademark contemporary lyricism The pieces in this multi textured and moving volume are set against a backdrop of economic recession and social division, where mass media, the mass market and globalisation have made alienation a commonplace experience and where the solitary imagination drifts and conjures.The Unaccompanied documents a world on the brink, a world of unreliable seasons and unstable coordinates, where Odysseus stalks the aisles of cut price supermarkets in search of direction, where the star of Bethlehem rises over industrial Yorkshire, and where alarm bells for ailing communities go unheeded or unheard Looking for certainty the mind gravitates to recollections of upbringing and family, only to encounter unrecoverable worlds, shaped as ever through Armitage s gifts for clarity and detail as well as his characteristic dead pan wit Insightful, relevant and empathetic, these poems confirm The Unaccompanied as a bold new statement of intent by one of our most respected and recognised living poets A writer who has had a game changing influence on his contemporaries Guardian Armitage is that rare beast a poet whose work is ambitious, accomplished and complex as well as popular Sunday Telegraph The best poet of his generation Craig Raine, Observer
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    1. Simon Armitage, whose The Shout was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, has published ten volumes of poetry and has received numerous honors for his work He lives in England.Armitage s poetry collections include Book of Matches 1993 and The Dead Sea Poems 1995 He has written two novels, Little Green Man 2001 and The White Stuff 2004 , as well as All Points North 1998 , a collection of essays on the north of England He produced a dramatised version of Homer s Odyssey and a collection of poetry entitled Tyrannosaurus Rex Versus The Corduroy Kid which was shortlisted for the TS Eliot Prize , both of which were published in July 2006 Many of Armitage s poems appear in the AQA Assessment and Qualifications Alliance GCSE syllabus for English Literature in the United Kingdom These include Homecoming , November , Kid , Hitcher , and a selection of poems from Book of Matches, most notably of these Mother any distance His writing is characterised by a dry Yorkshire wit combined with an accessible, realist style and critical seriousness.

    2. I heard Simon Armitage read some of these poems at Hay , which is what prompted me to buy the book It also meant that as I read them, I heard them in his voice It is a very varied collection, lots of humour but some very bleak points too I also discovered a couple of YouTube videos of his poems which are worth checking out.

    3. I spent a very enjoyable afternoon reading through this collection Whilst I feel that I need to go back and reread some of the poems, others I connected to immediately, such as The Present and Poundland Thank You for Waiting is such a clever poem Most of us have suffered the ignominy of being an economy passenger, standing around and waiting while those blessed with money or prestige make their way to relatively luxurious seats, making it easy to understand the powerful message portrayed And be [...]

    4. Unmistakeable Armitage, with a number of poems about modern life alongside a number about wild British landscapes Some poems deliver themselves with a punch and a vigour Gymnasium, Thank you for Waiting, others resist easy interpretation, prompting a sense of one s own flaws as a reader in the thought That can t be it can it Sometimes poems shift around with incongruities and will need further research before yielding greater depths Reviewers linked this to a state of the nation collection I am [...]

    5. Surprising at times breath taking re imaginings of the semantic range of familiar words in almost very poem.

    6. 3.4 The Present is a really good poem And so s Poundland The Poet Hosts His Annual Office Christmas Party Simon says Ben, re read me and you re rating will go up Re read you I shall, Si.

    7. The Unaccompanied has all the verve and feeling that first drew me to the poetry of Simon Armitage in early collections Zoom and Kid There s a maturity of view in his new collection Armitage is now in his fifties that gives an intensity of perception and a sense of regret at the transitoriness of things that I haven t seen before in his work except perhaps in his long millennium poem Five Eleven Ninety Nine Some of the poems in The Unaccompanied are about places that I know very well Wakefield W [...]

    8. I always look forward to reading new poetry from simon Armitage and this didn t disappoint I like his apparently ordinary, down to earth style which roots the poems in a very concrete reality usually of place or character.

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