About the Book
Memorable, witty, bawdy, profound--the short poem observes no limits except those of length. They can range from subjects as diverse as a child's first words, a woman's feet, or human destiny. The verses within this collection vary greatly in theme, style, and tone, but in each case, brevity
reveals the poets at their best, both as individual artists and as exemplars of their times.
The short poem is often overlooked in verse collections, where poets tend to be represented by their longer, more sustained work. Defining short as any poem of under fourteen lines, P. J. Kavanagh and James Michie have chosen those poems, which they consider to be the best in the English
language, from medieval times to the present day. Their selection extends from Chaucer to Philip Larkin, from Shakespeare to Emily Bronte, from Blake to Edith Sitwell, and from Yeats to Emily Dickinson, demonstrating the gradual changes in style, subject-matter, and tone from one generation of poets
to the next.
About the Author:
P. J. Kavanagh edited the Collected Poems of Ivor Gurney (OUP 1982). Other publications include Finding Connections (Flamingo 1991), The Perfect Stranger (Carcanet 1995), and Voices in Ireland: A Traveller's Literary Companion (1994). James Michie is a poet and translator. Publications include his
own Collected Poems (Sinclair Stevenson, 1994)