Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Great Regulars: This week's choice, Among his Books,

was first published in Leaves of Life in 1888. If it reminds you of Thomas Hardy, note that Hardy published no poetry before 1897. That timeline gives us some idea of [Edith] Nesbit's originality in, for example, her blending of formal verse structure with informal speech.

Her technique is novelistic in several ways. The poem has a vividly imagined setting, and a narrative voice that suggests complex characterisation.

from Carol Rumens: The Guardian: Poem of the week: Among His Books by Edith Nesbit


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