Selected Poems Of Derek Mahon by Derek Mahon

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The fresh revisions in New Selected Poems are thankfully few, though “Lapis Lazuli” has been sliced in half. The main revisionist drama taking place here is the wholesale reorientation of Mahon’s oeuvre towards the late work.
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Philippe Jaccottet is one of a group of poets who turned away from the Surrealists’ sometimes abstruse experiments with form in favor of a muted lyrical expression born of a quasi-fraternal bonding with the wonder of earth, light, water, sky. This lyricism is steeped in an ambiguous sense of our planet’s vulnerability in this nuclear age. Jaccottet’s work has now developed steadily over nearly four decades as Derek Mahon points out in his introductory essay. In themes and form it will not seem alien to English language readers, yet Jaccottet’s voice is his own. The sensuous modulations of imagery, harmony, and mood are strangely moving and haunt the imagination.
 

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Published November 1, 1993 by Puffin. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by David Wheatley on Jun 17 2016

The fresh revisions in New Selected Poems are thankfully few, though “Lapis Lazuli” has been sliced in half. The main revisionist drama taking place here is the wholesale reorientation of Mahon’s oeuvre towards the late work.

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