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All You Who Sleep Tonight: Poems Paperback – June 18, 1991


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 61 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (June 18, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679730257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679730255
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This collection fails because Seth's lockstep meter and corny rhymes keep his poetry stylistically on the level of that awful stuff many of us wrote in junior high school. This would be excusable if he had anything to say. But his poems are utterly devoid of subtext; what little meaning exists is all on the surface. Even this would be excusable if the surface were beautiful. It isn't. The surface meanings, and the forms that express them, are hackneyed and dull. This collection should not have seen the light of day. It certainly should not be seen in your library.
- Steven Hupp, Chicago
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"Certainly not since Byron has anyone been more elegantly and literally amusing in verse."
-- Philadelphia DailyNews

"Clear as a glacial pool, often as deep, Vikram Seth's new poems shine with unfashionable virtues. Seth gives joy by writing brilliantly well, unafraid to feel and to start us feeling."
-- X. J. Kennedy

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I read this book without too many hopes and it turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. The language is easy and the thoughts expressed are beautiful. The title poem 'all you who sleep tonight' is one of the most touching poems i've read in quite some time. Hats off to Vikram Seth for coming up with such a beautiful collection of poems. Definitely a must read for those who enjoy simple and good poetry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pipistrel on November 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Who is this Steven Hupp, who complains of Seth's "lockstep meter and corny rhymes"? Just because so many people now write "poetry" that is just prose with random line-breaks doesn't mean that genuine verse is contemptible. Seth combines elegance with rare sensitivity in a way that few modern poets can do.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anubhav Sonthalia on August 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
Voices in my head,

Chanting, "Kisses. Bread.

Prove yourself. Fight. Shove.

Learn. Earn. Look for love,"

Drown a lesser voice

Silent now of choice.

"Breathe in peace, and be

Still, for once, like me."

- Vikram Seth

This one sums up all of our lives. Simple yet beautiful .. one of the few books where poetry makes complete sense :). A must read for all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vivek Sharma VINE VOICE on May 19, 2004
Format: Paperback
All you who sleep tonight
Far from the ones you love,
No hand to left or right
And emptiness above -
Know that you aren't alone
The whole world shares your tears,
Some for two nights or one,
And some for all their years.
-- Vikram Seth
Vikram Seth is a poet par excellence. For each one who has savored his Suitable boy or An equal music or From Heaven's Lake or The Golden Gate, this collection of poems offers another set of witty, candid, lyrical and highly artistic writing. The poet writes about love in all forms, and poems are short and beautiful, the one mentioned here my perennial favorite!
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