Ford Madox Ford: Selected Poems

Overview

Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939) published thirteen volumes of poetry between 1893 and 1936, crucial transitional years in the evolution of modern poetry. His early poems were written under the shadow of the Rossettis, Swinburne and William Morris, but Ford outgrew their heady late-Victorian lyricism, developing a voice that was natural, impressionistic, and ironic. This selection of his verse traces his development from the haunting poignancy of his early poems to his later style, which was to be so influential in ...
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Overview

Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939) published thirteen volumes of poetry between 1893 and 1936, crucial transitional years in the evolution of modern poetry. His early poems were written under the shadow of the Rossettis, Swinburne and William Morris, but Ford outgrew their heady late-Victorian lyricism, developing a voice that was natural, impressionistic, and ironic. This selection of his verse traces his development from the haunting poignancy of his early poems to his later style, which was to be so influential in the development of Modernism. Ezra Pound considered him to be the best lyric poet in England, and it was Ford who taught Pound that 'poetry should be as well written as prose'. He transformed Pound's style and, through Pound, the styles of Yeats and Eliot.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781857547139
  • Publisher: Carcanet Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ford Madox Ford was an editor, an essayist, a critic, an advocate, and a novelist. He is the author of The Good Soldier, Ladies Whose Bright Eyes, Parade's End, The Rash Act, and the Tietjens trilogy. Max Saunders is a professor of literature at King's College–London and the author of Ford Madox Ford: A Dual Life.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Wind's Quest 1
Song Dialogue 1
In Tenebris 2
Sea Jealousy 3
A Night Piece 3
Love in Watchfulness on the Sheepdowns 4
Enough 4
After All 5
The Old Faith to the Converts 6
In Adversity 7
A Lullaby 7
The Cuckoo and the Gypsy 8
The Gipsy and the Townsman 9
The Song of the Women: A Wealden Trio 9
The Peasant's Apology 11
A Ballad of an Auction [Auctioneer's Song] 11
Aldington Knoll: The Old Smuggler Speaks 12
A Pagan 13
The Pedlar Leaves the Bar Parlour at Dymchurch 13
'Du bist die ruh' 14
An Anniversary 14
Tandaradei 14
Song of the Hebrew Seer 15
Sonnet 16
For the Bookplate of a Married Couple 16
In the Sick Room 17
A Sequence 18
A Great View 21
On the Hills 22
Sidera Cadentia 22
A Night Piece 23
Grey Matter 23
From the Soil 25
To Christina at Nightfall 28
Wife to Husband 29
Two Frescoes 30
Volksweise 33
And Afterwards 34
On a Marsh Road 35
At the End of a Phase 35
From Inland 36
The Portrait 37
Two Making Music 39
Song 39
A Suabian Legend 40
Midwinter Night 42
The Philosophy of a Lover and Gentleman 43
Views 45
Castles in the Fog [Finchley Road] 46
June in Town 47
Modern Love 48
Consider 50
Club Night 50
Mauresque 51
A Toast before Change [In the Stone Jug] 51
Every Man: A Sequence 52
To Gertrude 54
The Starling 55
Autumn Evening 57
In the Train 58
The Exile 59
Rhyming 60
Canzone a la Sonata 61
The Feather 62
Sussmund's Address to an Unknown God 63
In the Little Old Market-place 68
To all the Dead 70
Gothicisms 81
In October 1914 [Antwerp] 82
Eternity 86
The Silver Music 86
Nostalgia [The Iron Music] 87
A Soils Ortus Cardine 88
The Old Houses Of Flanders 89
One Last Prayer 89
Regimental Records 90
Footsloggers 91
Tristia IV, 'that Exploit Of Your ...' 98
On Heaven 99
Peace 110
Immortality 111
From Mister Bosphorus And The Muses 115
Dedication 126
A House 126
Brantigorn 139
'Rhymes for a Child: Seven Shepherds' 140
To Petronella at Sea 141
I [Buckshee] 142
II Compagine transatlantique 143
III Fleuve profond 144
IV Chez nos amis 146
V L'Interprete - au Caveau Rouge 147
VI Champetre 150
VII Ripostes 151
VIII Vers l'oubli [L'Oubli - temps de secheresse] 151
Latin Quarter [Coda] 154
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