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The Music of Time: Poetry in the Twentieth Century

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by John Burnside

The joy of Burnside’s poems – and part of what makes them moving – is that he does know and never stops registering the ways in which beauty makes life worth living. ― Observer

Burnside can describe the material world with astonishing deftness… He is the poet who more than any other writing today sees the material world and the world of thought and ideas as two sides of the most fragile of membranes. — Fiona Sampson

Burnside, who is also an accomplished poet, writes lyrical prose with virtuoso ease ― Guardian

Burnside has a lovely garrulousness that is distinctively his own — Tessa Hadley

The Music of Time: Poetry in the Twentieth Century

Though we might not realise it, our collective memory of the twentieth century was defined by the poets who lived and wrote in it. At every significant turning point we find them, pen in hand, fingers poised at the typewriter, ready to distil the essence of the moment, from the muddy wastes of the Western front to the vast reckoning that came with the end of empire.

This is the first and only history of twentieth century poetry, by the acclaimed poet, author and academic John Burnside. Bringing together poets from times and places as diverse as Tsarist Russia, 1960’s America and Ireland at the height of the Troubles, The Music of Time reveals how poets engaged with and shaped the most important issues of their times – and were in their turn affected by their context and dialogue with each other. This is a major work of scholarship, that on every page bears witness to the transformative beauty and power of poetry.

About the Author

John Burnside has published seven works of fiction and eleven collections of poetry, including his Selected Poems, published by Cape in 2006. His memoir, A Lie About My Father, was published in the same year to enormous critical acclaim, and was chosen as the Scottish Arts Council Non-Fiction Book of the Year and the Saltire Society Scottish Book of the Year.

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Weight 0.35 kg
Dimensions 11 × 1.2 × 18 cm

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