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Glyn Maxwell

Autor(a) de On Poetry

32+ Works 495 Membros 11 Críticas

About the Author

Glyn Maxwell was born in 1962 in Hertfordshire, England. He studied English at Oxford & poetry at Boston University. Among the honors he has received are the Somerset Maugham Prize & the E.M. Forster Prize. He now lives with his wife & their daughter in Massachusetts, where he teaches at Amherst mostrar mais College. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
Image credit: Credit: David Shankbone, 2007

Obras por Glyn Maxwell

On Poetry (2012) 102 exemplares
The Breakage (1998) 35 exemplares
Time's Fool: A Tale in Verse (2000) 34 exemplares
The Nerve: Poems (2002) 33 exemplares
The Sugar Mile (2005) 22 exemplares
Tale of the Mayor's Son (1990) 18 exemplares
Hide Now (2008) 15 exemplares
Rest for the Wicked (1995) 15 exemplares
The Girl Who Was Going to Die (2008) 12 exemplares

Associated Works

180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (2005) — Contribuidor — 365 exemplares
Mortification: Writers' Stories of Their Public Shame (2003) — Contribuidor — 280 exemplares
After Ovid: New Metamorphoses (1994) — Contribuidor — 153 exemplares
The Faber Book of Christmas (1996) — Contribuidor — 47 exemplares
A Book of Two Halves: New Football Short Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



The Gambler em Fans of Russian authors (Junho 2009)


When I was on page 10, I loved this book, in no small part for this quote: "What evolutionary psychologists - and I - believe is that aesthetic preferences, those things we find beautiful, originate not in what renders life delightful or even endurable, but in what makes life possible."

Then I hated it by page 13, when he puts poets on a pedestal above pop musicians. "Songwriters stir up a living tradition, poets make flowers grow in the air." But I continued on, and by the end of the book I realized I had come to it with the expectation that it was a poetry primer, when it was in fact one man's experience and opinions about poetry. Once I understood that, and shed my preconceptions, I settled in and listened.

Overall not exactly my bag, but good enough and interesting enough that I finished it. If you like reading a poet waxing poetic about poetry, then you will probably like this book.
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rumbledethumps | 1 outra crítica | Mar 23, 2021 |
Is the narrator dreaming? He doesn't know and neither do we. But the author has contrived a setup to present us, live and in person, Keats, Dickinson, Byron, Yeats, Poe, Owen and more, speaking in their own words. A loving and learned celebration of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century poetry.
beaujoe | Aug 18, 2019 |
Bourgeois Bacchanalia?

Drinks with Dead Poets was a delightful surprise. A professor of poetry called ‘Glyn Maxwell’ turns up in a mysterious village to teach a term of poetry. He meets his eclectic class and directs them to readings of a series of 19th Century poets. Professor Maxwell is not sure if it is by his doing, or the organisation of Kerri, the efficient registrar, but each poet has been invited to the village on the Thursdays of the autumn term.

The conversations teacher and students have with these poets are the actual words of each poet. Each poet arrives in the village according to their personality. Nature poet, John Clare, walks in across the fields. Emily Dickinson, visiting from the States, arrives by train. The Brownings, Robert and Elizabeth, their relationship as ambiguous as ever, are fetched in their coach.

W.B. Yeats appears on the island in the middle of the lagoon.

Each poet behaves in character. It takes some time to warm the serious Fr Gerard Manley Hopkins, but once relaxed, he speaks with great joy about the craft of poetry.

Although Professor Maxwell has been allotted a little room off the village hall for his teaching, a lot of the action takes place in one or other of the drinking establishments in the village. The professor is occasionally successful in imparting deep insights about the poets.

After a hip-hop celebrity recites a mangled version of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in Coleridge’s presence, the students tune into the idea of poetry as performance, and look forward to hearing subsequent poets read their work, with questions following.

The professor himself has limited success in asking questions or directing the questions of the audience. One of the students asks each poet, ‘Where do you get your ideas from?’, and this hackneyed request is met with incomprehension, sarcasm, or gentle correction according to the temperament of the poet in residence.

By using this public reading format, the book avoids long quotations from these poets, providing representative snippets instead.
In November, the professor’s birthday is celebrated in wild style in a nearby country house. In December, Lord Bryon and the students repeat Bryon’s exploit in the Hellespont by swimming across the icy village lagoon.

The professor is never quite sure whether his class is part of the college, or an unofficial elective: poetry is taken not quite seriously by this academy. On the other hand, this professor drinks with students and even sleeps with one of the female students. He would be the subject of disciplinary hearings if he were officially on the staff. These drinks are taken with a suburban bacchanalian spirit which grows out of the playful premise that dead poets can drink with 21st Century students.

I missed out on studying the Romantic poets because of the cycle of the English curriculum at Uni. This wonderful book has partly made up for that. If you love poetry, and you are intrigued by the fantasy setting Glyn Maxwell has created, you will thoroughly enjoy taking Drinks with Dead Poets.
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TedWitham | May 17, 2018 |
Convincing argument for form in poetry as a way of forcing writers to work harder and produce something memorable and based on human characteristics such as breath and gait. Using extracts from poems to illustrate points adds to the pleasure and the imaginary creative writing class contributes to making this a fascinating read.
janetf8 | 1 outra crítica | Sep 29, 2012 |



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