From Chatterton S Pre Raphaelite Demise To Keats Death Warrant In A Smudge Of Arterial Blood From Dylan Thomas S Eighteen Straight Whiskies To Sylvia Plath S Desperate Suicide In The Gas Oven Of Her Primrose Hill Kitchen Or John Berryman S Leap From A Bridge Onto The Frozen Mississippi, The Deaths Of Poets Have Often Cast A Backward Shadow On Their Work The Post Romantic Myth Of The Dissolute Drunken Poet Exemplified By Thomas And Made Iconic By His Death In New York Has Fatally Skewed The Image Of Poets In Our Culture Novelists Can Be Stable, Savvy, Politically Adept And In Control, But Poets Should Be Melancholic, Doomed And Self Destructive Is This Just A Myth, Or Is There Some Essential Truth Behind It That Great Poems Only Come When A Poet S Life Is Pushed Right To An Emotional Knife Edge Of Acceptability, Safety, Security What Is The Price Of Poetry In This Book, Two Contemporary Poets Undertake A Series Of Journeys Across Britain, America And Europe To The Death Places Of Poets Of The Past, In Part As Pilgrims, Honouring Inspirational Writers, But Also As Investigators, Interrogating The Myth The Result Is A Book That Is, In Turn, Enlightening And Provocative, Eye Wateringly Funny And Powerfully Moving.
- 432 pages
- Deaths of the Poets
- Michael Symmons Roberts
- 23 September 2017 Michael Symmons Roberts