You will have to go a long way to giean so much imagery from so few words, whose reading transcends both time and space.
Joseph Campbell (1879-1944) was an Irish poet who wrote in both English and Gaelic (publishing his latter work under the name Seosamh Mac Cathmhaoil or Seosamh MacCathmhaoil). Like pioneering modernist poet T. E. Hulme, who was four years younger than him, Campbell wrote a small number of short poems in free verse and utilising a pared back and understated style. There is no rhetoric here, no outpouring of emotion (perhaps too little for some readers); but what these poems show is the emergence of a distinctly modern style of poetry that rejects the gushing excesses of the worst Victorian verse. Written towards the end of the first decade of the twentieth century, they are among the first poems written in English which can be confidently labelled ‘modern’.
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It is always a delight to discover a poet whose work enshrines all that you admire in the craft. One such is Edward Thomas. Enjoy this brief glimpse into his work, enjoy.
The best poems by Edward Thomas (1878-1917)
Edward Thomas was a master of the short poem. Variously labelled a ‘Georgian poet’ and a ‘war poet‘, he was really a little of both of these, and yet not quite either of them. In a brief flurry of poetic creativity between late 1914 and his death in WWI in 1917, Thomas produced some of the finest poems of the early twentieth century. Here’s our pick of what we consider Edward Thomas’s ten finest poems, along with a little bit of information about each of them. Click on the links provided on the titles of the poems to read them.
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A fine selection of examples of this poetic form which will provide insight, inspiration and instruction. A must-read for all aspiring or accomplished poets.
Common sense really but a couple of points you may not have considered.
The benefit of making a book available in paperback (instead of e-book only) is the ability to ‘hand sell’ copies i.e. sell direct to the reader. Since the publication of Bedsit Three I’ve been taking my first steps in this direction. As well as selling to friends, family and acquaintances, I’ve done two small-scale book-signings linked with local charity events and last week I practised my ‘author speech’ for an audience of 6 writers (who all bought a book).
It’s hardly the big time but I can now celebrate emptying my first box of 50 paperbacks and starting on the second. There are a couple of events lined up for March – and it feels good not to depend on Amazon for all my sales!
I’ve learned a few things along the way too:
- Get a foot in the door at charity events by offering to make a donation for each…
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