Coleridge, Mary

Mary Coleridge - Selected Poems

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Mary Coleridge - Selected Poems

Paperback, 148pp, 8.5x5.5ins 
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Edited by Simon Avery

The poetry of late-Victorian writer Mary Coleridge (1861–1907) is often startling and idiosyncratic, challenging and disturbing. Over the course of a quarter of a century, Coleridge wrote nearly 250 poems — lyrics, ballads, dramatic monologues, sonnets, elegies and occasional verse — which engage with issues as wide ranging as the politics of relationships and the position of women, religious doubt and spiritual experience, nature and the urban space, history, war, art and creativity. Whilst the choice of diction and stanza form can appear deceptively simple at times, the poems are written with poise and control and their arguments are often intricate, elliptical and full of unresolved tensions. Clearly suggesting the influence of poets such as Robert Browning, Emily Brontë and Christina Rossetti, and paralleling the techniques of more modern poets like Thomas Hardy, Charlotte Mew and D.H. Lawrence, Coleridge's poems have much to tell us about the shifting nature of poetry and poetics in the Victorian fin-de-siecle and early twentieth century and they certainly deserve to be more widely known than they currently are. This is the first single volume of Mary Coleridge's poetry to be published for over fifty years. It includes ninety of her most compelling pieces along with explanatory notes and a substantial introduction which places the poems in their cultural and intellectual contexts.

 

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