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Warner: Selected Poems

Warner: Selected Poems

by Sylvia Townsend Warner, Claire Harman (Afterword)

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Warner, Sylvia Townsend. Selected Poems. Viking. 1985. c.95p. afterwd. by Claire Harman. ISBN 0-670-80850-4. $14.95. poetry Both these collections are posthumous publications by poets who did not enjoy a wide popular acclaim during their lifetimes. The similarity ends there. Warner (1893-1978) was known primarily as a novelist and short story writer. Although Harman, her editor, numbers Yeats and Housman among the admirers of her verse, much of it seems imitative of the major poets of her era. Her love poems are tender and passionate, her social commentary is perceptive and wryly amusing; but the poems often seem labored. Niedecker (1903-1970), on the other hand, often seems ahead of her time. Nature is her primary subject matter, and she explores that natural world in terse, often haiku-like poems, using a step-down line, dashes, and spare syntax. Her observations are those of a poet at home in the environment she chooses to write about, and her language that of one who dares to explore unfamiliar terrain. Grace Bauer, formerly with New Orleans P.L.

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