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The Joy of a Ming Vase: Poems by Ruth Dallas

Dallas, Ruth

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ISBN 10: 1877372307 / ISBN 13: 9781877372308
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Title: The Joy of a Ming Vase: Poems by Ruth Dallas

Publisher: Otago University Press

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

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As American critic Tom Disch quipped of many vintage poets: 'friends and pets die, the garden takes on a new significance.' There are poems in this collection about Dutch Masters, the remembered voice of a deceased soprano, a waterfall, ancient Chinese artefacts, victims of the World Wars, kites and flowers; but each piece is sensitively imbued not only with the poet's awareness of impending death but also with the incorrigible fragility of life. While Dallas is at home in a number of different modes, her high regard for literary tradition as a form of spiritual realism makes her eminently readable as a disciplined watcher of the seasons.

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Ruth Dallas first published her poems in 1946. She is the author of many volumes and also a noted children's fiction writer. She has received many awards, including the New Zealand Book Award for Poetry in 1977, and is much anthologised. Most recent are her Collected Poems (2000) and The Black Horse and Other Stories (2000).

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