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The Collected Poems Paperback – April 1, 2012
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Elizabeth Jennings was a poet and the author of numerous books, including Familiar Sprits, In the Meantime, A Poet’s Choice, and Selected Poems. She is the recipient of a Somerset Maugham Award and the W. H. Smith Award. Emma Mason is a senior lecturer in the department of English and comparative literary studies at the University of Warwick in the UK. She is the author of The Cambridge Introduction to Wordsworth, Nineteenth-Century Religion and Literature, and Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century, and the coeditor of The Blackwell Companion to the Bible in English Literature and The Oxford Handbook of the Reception History of the Bible.
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I haven't read the entire book yet, which will take quite a while due to its length. Having read about 7% of it so far (the collection "Poems - 1953"), I can say that I'm engaged by the sensibility expressed in her poems. So far there has been a continual sifting of the ideas of inwardness and outwardness, of thought and dream, connection and avoidance. She's an acute observer of love and estrangement. It's her act of observation which impresses me, even if I don't always follow its thread through her syntax. She strikes me as being clinically personal without being garishly confessional. I sense that she minutely examines feelings that she may have imagined as well as actually felt. Which is another way of saying that the intimate situations she describes may not be strictly autobiographical.
She sometimes uses rhyme, off-rhyme, or no rhyme, so in form I think she would appeal to just about anyone except for those expecting a metronomic cadence.
More could be written, but I'd rather get back to reading her.