Collected Later Poems: 1988-2000

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R. S. Thomas (1913-2000) is one of the major poets of the twentieth-century, the greatest Welsh poet since Dylan Thomas, and one of the finest religious poets in the English language. This substantial gathering of his late poems shows us the final flowering of a truly great poet still writing at the height of his powers in his 70s and 80s. It begins with his autobiographical sequence, The Echoes Return Slow, unavailable for many years, and also includes, Counterpoint, Mass for Hard Times, No Truce With the ...

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Overview

R. S. Thomas (1913-2000) is one of the major poets of the twentieth-century, the greatest Welsh poet since Dylan Thomas, and one of the finest religious poets in the English language. This substantial gathering of his late poems shows us the final flowering of a truly great poet still writing at the height of his powers in his 70s and 80s. It begins with his autobiographical sequence, The Echoes Return Slow, unavailable for many years, and also includes, Counterpoint, Mass for Hard Times, No Truce With the Furies, and his final collection, Residues.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852246488
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books
  • Publication date: 8/18/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

The echoes return slow 11
B.C. 75
Incarnation 91
Crucifixion 103
A.D. 109
Mass for hard times 135
Stations 140
Adam tempted 141
First person 142
One day 143
Requests 144
Nativity 145
Questions to the prophet 146
Retired 147
Not blonde 148
The god 149
The reason 151
Journeys 152
Nuptials 153
Plas-yn-Rhiw 154
Preference 156
Portrait 157
Aside 158
R.I.P 159
Hark 162
Come down 163
The refusal 164
Winter 165
Question 166
Tidal 167
Match my moments 168
Healing 169
Tell us 170
Markers 171
Eschatology 172
Circles 173
Monday's child ... 174
The un-born 176
Sure 177
Could be 178
Time 179
One life 180
Something more 181
I 182
Bleak liturgies 183
The price 188
Moth 189
Target 190
The seasons 191
Annunciation 194
The word 195
Pen Llyn 196
Jaromir Hladik 197
A marriage 198
What then? 199
Newts 200
The letter 201
The lost 202
Afon Rhiw 203
Migrants 204
Sonata in X 205
Geriatric 213
Fathoms 214
Still point 215
Lunar 216
Christmas eve 217
The lost 218
S.K. 219
The pearl 222
Evening 223
Parables 224
Then 225
Riposte 226
To a lady 228
Afallon 229
Wrong? 230
Still 231
Meteorological 232
Heretics 233
Illusory arrival 234
Reflections 235
Nuance 236
No time 237
No Jonahs 238
Incarnations 239
Symbols 242
Circles 243
The case 244
At the end 246
A species 247
Runes 248
Mischief 249
Near and far 250
Resurrections 251
The Indians and the elephant 252
Swallows 253
Negative 254
Winged god 255
Raptor 256
X loves Y 257
Boundaries 258
Incubation 259
The mass of Christ 260
Gwladus Ddu 261
Neither 262
The promise 263
Two shirts on a line 264
Bird watching 265
Homage to Wallace Stevens 266
Hallowe'en 267
The waiting 268
Navigation 269
Nant Gwrtheyrn 270
Bestiary 272
Guests 277
Le Dormeur du Val 278
Homage to Paul Klee 279
The elusive 280
The morrow 281
Remembering 282
Island 283
Portraits 284
Vespers 286
Silence 287
Blind Noel 288
Words 289
Play 290
Anybody's alphabet 292
Watching 299
Dreaming 300
Memoir 301
He? 302
Contradictions 303
Legend 304
Words 305
Duty 306
Planetary 307
Dream 308
Memorials 309
Someone 310
Space walking 311
Via Crucis 312
In memoriam : M.E.E. 313
Aim 314
Together 315
Aye!. There's the rub 317
Matrimony 318
Apace 319
'Yesterday's photograph ...' 320
Down 321
Rich 322
Manafon 323
Two views of Olympos 325
Class 327
Golden wedding 328
Two thoughts with but a single mind 329
Reward 330
Finality 331
Poised stone 332
Partner 333
Decentred 334
Festival 335
Postcard 336
Gravestone 337
The banquet 338
Dinner parties 339
Repeat 340
Eremite 341
'Went to prague ...' 342
'Prague ...' 343
'That there ...' 344
Comparisons 345
Follow my leader 346
Launching a prayer 347
Paving 348
Vocabulary 349
Scrap 350
Temptation 351
And you? 352
Prague spring 353
Remembering Betjeman 354
'Don't ask me ...' 355
'The greatest language ...' 356
Editor's note to residues 359
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