The Thing in the Gap-Stone Stile

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Alice Oswald's first book of poems, The Thing in the Gap-stone Stile is more confident and achieved than many first collections. Previously published in Anvil New Poets 2, a selection chosen by Carol Ann Duffy, and winner of the 1994 Eric Gregory Award, Oswald already clearly demonstrates a distinct voice. The poems here are extraordinarily beautiful: intensely musical, strewn with emotion, and full of energy and warmth. Influenced by Gerard Manley Hopkins and George Herbert, they speak passionately of nature ...
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Overview


Alice Oswald's first book of poems, The Thing in the Gap-stone Stile is more confident and achieved than many first collections. Previously published in Anvil New Poets 2, a selection chosen by Carol Ann Duffy, and winner of the 1994 Eric Gregory Award, Oswald already clearly demonstrates a distinct voice. The poems here are extraordinarily beautiful: intensely musical, strewn with emotion, and full of energy and warmth. Influenced by Gerard Manley Hopkins and George Herbert, they speak passionately of nature and love. They have a religious sense of mystery, and try to express the intangible in marvellously vivid language. The second part of the book features an entertaining long poem titled The Men of Gotham, a comical folk-legend about the three men who went to sea to try to catch the moon in a net. Taken together, this is a wonderful first collection by an exceptionally talented young poet.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192825131
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/15/1996
  • Series: Oxford Poets Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.21 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author:
Alice Oswald is a professional gardener at Chelsea Physic Garden, England.

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Table of Contents

Pruning in Frost 1
A Greyhound in the Evening after a Long Day of Rain 2
The Glass House 4
My Neighbour, Mrs Kersey 5
Sleep 6
Poem 7
A Wood Coming into Leaf 8
Sonnet: When I sit up this late 9
Sonnet: I can't sleep 10
Since Love is Round 11
Epitaph 12
April 13
Woman in a Mustard Field 14
Bike Ride on a Roman Road 15
The Moon Addresses her Reflection 16
Sea Sonnet 17
Sea Sonnet 18
Sea Sonnet 19
Estuary Sonnet 20
I Bicycled past a Ship 21
Conde Arnaldos 22
The Pilchard-Curing Song 23
Privet Property 24
Ballad of a Shadow 25
Wedding 26
Otter Out and In 27
Owl Village 28
If Stones could Fly 29
The Thing in the Gap-stone Stile 30
When a Stone was Wrecking his Country 31
Mountains 32
Gardeners at the Resurrection 33
The Gardeners in the Shed 34
The Apple Shed 35
The Melon Grower 36
Prayer 38
The Three Wise Men of Gotham who Set Out to Catch the Moon in a Net 39
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