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Porter, Peter

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ISBN 10: 0192820885 / ISBN 13: 9780192820884
Published by Oxford Oxford U. Press 1987., 1987
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Publisher: Oxford Oxford U. Press 1987.

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Soft cover

Edition: F.

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With this new collection, Peter Porter shows his maturity as a poet and displays his ability to work in a variety of forms. The "oracle" of the title is the English language, with the poet acting as a "priest" bound to carry messages to the outside world. Porter's themes here are childhood, dreams, painting, history, and most important, words and their responsibilities.


A witty and original collection of poems by the author of Fast Forward, The Automatic Oracle illustrates Peter Porter's uncanny talent for difficult rhyming stanzas and his irreverence, on occasion, in deciding not to rhyme at all. In poems such as "Spiderwise" and "The Pantoum of the Opera" his writing process seems easy and he handles difficult rhythms, such as the triolet, with characteristic aplomb. Porter earned a Whitbread Prize in 1988 for this collection.

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