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Collected Poems
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  • Published: 25 January 2018
  • ISBN: 9780141961774
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

Collected Poems


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'One of the very best of our poets' Anthony Powell.

'Half-shut, our eye dawdles down the page Seeing the word love, the word death, the word life, Rhyme-words of poets in a silver age: Silver of the bauble, not of the knife.'

Although best known for his comic novels, Kingsley Amis wrote poetry throughout his career. Collected Poemsspans subjects from nature, cricket to love, ageing and literature, brimming with his characteristic wit and irreverence, yet full of compassion. 'The Last War' brings home the futility of battle by portraying countries as flawed characters destined for misfortune, while 'Their Oxford' reflects on the passing of time, and in contrast the playful 'Sight Unseen' laments the difficulty of attracting women. By turns provocative and poignant, this collection provides an illuminating glimpse into the heart and mind of Amis.

  • Pub date: 25 January 2018
  • ISBN: 9780141961774
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook

About the Author

Kingsley Amis

Kingsley Amis has been described as 'the finest English comic novelist of the second half of the twentieth century'. Born in 1922, he wrote over twenty novels, including Lucky Jim (1954), winner of the Somerset Maugham Award for fiction, The Old Devils (1986), which won the Booker Prize, and The Biographer's Moustache (1995). He also published several collections of short stories, poetry and non-fiction. Amis was awarded a CBE in 1981 and received a knighthood in 1990. He died in 1995.

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