Jonathan Bate Song of the Earth

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Song of the Earth

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'The most important critical work for decades' Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times In the brilliantly engaging style that characterised The Genius of Shakespeare, Jonathan Bate has written a series of compelling pieces on the link between literature and the environment and why poetry matters in the new millennium. In fascinating detail, Bate explains how words like 'culture' and 'environment' have evolved since the writing of Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy and the Romantics to the present day. 'Bate presents his case with an emotional conviction which is almost impossible to resist' The Times 'Anyone familiar with Bate's The Genius of Shakespeare will know how winningly he marries erudition to liveliness' John Coldstream, Daily Telegraph 'I came away from the book deeply grateful for its impassioned song' Adam Thorpe, Sunday Telegraph

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Jonathan Bate, born in 1958, is King Alfred Professor of English Literature at the University of Liverpool, and was previously Fellow of Trinity Hall, Carnbridge. He has edited Arden Shakespeare editions and is author of The Genius of Shakespeare and a novel, The Cure for Love. He writes regularly for the Telegraph, TLS and Independent and often appears on radio and TV. He lives in the Wirral with his wife and son and is currently working on a biography of John Clare.

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An engaging, closely researched selection of poets whose mediating powers between humans and the natural world have helped restore our links to the earth.Bate (English/Univ. of Liverpool) clearly illustrates the importance of poetry in expressing the human bond with nature. He deploys the works of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Keats, Byron, Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, Edward Brathwaite, Les Murray, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Paul Celan-for starters. He discusses "Byron's easy yoking of politics and nature," Keats's "meditation on how human culture can only function through links and reciprocal relations with nature," and how John Clare functions "as a scapegoat: only by alienating himself can he restore us to the oikos." There is a good deal of jargon ("Fanon and Simone de Beauvoir taught us that the defining Others . . ."), but when Bate tenders a few ideas of his own, the reading gets good. His consideration of the role of weather in such poems as Keats's "To Autumn" ("I propose that in order to read it livingly in the age of ecocide we must begin with the knowledge that we have no choice but to live with the weather") is inventive and revealing, as is his sense of the organic ("metre itself-a quiet but persistent music, a recurring cycle, a heartbeat-is an answering to nature's own rhythms, an echoing of the song of the earth itself"). It may well be that a poem can be a "revelation of dwelling" (as opposed to a simple prose narrative)-but more to the point is "the possibility that certain textmarks called poems can bring back to our memory humankind's ancient knowledge that without landmarks we are lost."An eccentric but worthwhile study. -- Copyright © 2000 Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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