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  • Published: 4 January 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446420027
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 80

The Harper




The last collection from one of the most celebrated post-war poets, who died in June 2003

Peter Redgrove, who died in June 2003, was a friend and contemporary of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath and became one of the most celebrated and prolific post-war poets - regarded by many as a true visionary.
THE HARPER, which gathers together his last poems, is a collection still charged with characteristic energy, eroticism and transforming imagination. Redgrove's language thrills with thunder, rain and electricity, the air heavy with perfumes and balsams, wasps and spiders – and reading these poems is uncannily like re-entering a dream. Peter Redgrove made us look at our world with fresh eyes, and he changed our perception forever.

  • Pub date: 4 January 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446420027
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 80

About the Author

Peter Redgrove

Peter Redgrove was born in 1932 and studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge. He was also a novelist, playwright and co-author (with Penelope Shuttle) of The Wise Wound, a revolutionary study of the human fertility cycle. Among his many awards were the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Prix Italia and the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. He died in 2003.

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Praise for The Harper

“Redgrove's language can light up the page.”

Angela Carter

“Redgrove is thunderously, exhilaratingly good.”

Adam Thorpe

“He is recognised today as one of the few poets capable of sustained rapture, a heirophant of alchemical mysteries, chronicler of sexual ecstasies, witness to sensual, synaesthetic delights beyond the reach of most of us.”

Gerard Woodward

“Redgrove's strengths are a clairvoyant creativity, glittering images and glittering risk...wonderful imaginative leaps of seeing, glancing epiphanies...or sustained surrealities which etch the surprisingness of the world.”

Ruth Padel

“I would use the old-fashioned term "genius" of Redgrove.”

Anthony Thwaite


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