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The Poetry of R.S. Thomas John Powell Ward

The Poetry of R.S. Thomas

John Powell Ward

Published December 31st 1987
ISBN : 9780907476511
Hardcover
151 pages
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R. S. Thomas is the author of 20 collections of poetry, a writer of international repute, and the subject of increasing critical and academic interest. The Poetry of R.S. Thomas was the first critical work about him, an invaluable volume which hasMoreR. S. Thomas is the author of 20 collections of poetry, a writer of international repute, and the subject of increasing critical and academic interest. The Poetry of R.S. Thomas was the first critical work about him, an invaluable volume which has yet to be surpassed. Its author has taken the opportunity to completely revise and update the book reflecting on both the development of Thomas career and the poetry collections of the last ten years. Grouping the books together thematically, Ward examines Thomas growing reputation and discusses the poets concerns and subjects, and the images and techniques he uses to express them as they evolve through the increasing Thomas canon. The result is a fascinating guide to more than 50 years of writing. The breadth of Wards knowledge, together with his own practice as a poet, ensures he is equally at home with theological argument or the use of metaphor- nationalism or naturalism- Romanticism or the philosophy of Wittgenstein. Ward offers stimulating insights into the character and work of the 20th centurys greatest religious poet in English, from the early hill-farmer poems which brought him fame through those allied to visual art, the lost faith poems, to the philosophical later work. In the process Ward confirms his own position as one of the most profound thinkers about poetry today.