The Unaccompanied

The UnaccompaniedThe Most Popular English Poet Since Larkin Sunday TimesAfter Than A Decade And Following His Celebrated Adventures In Drama, Translation, Travel Writing And Prose Poetry, Simon Armitage S Eleventh Collection Of Poems Heralds A Return To His Trademark Contemporary Lyricism The Pieces In This Multi Textured And Moving Volume Are Set Against A Backdrop Of Economic Recession And Social Division, Where Mass Media, The Mass Market And Globalisation Have Made Alienation A Commonplace Experience And Where The Solitary Imagination Drifts And Conjures The Unaccompanied Documents A World On The Brink, A World Of Unreliable Seasons And Unstable Coordinates, Where Odysseus Stalks The Aisles Of Cut Price Supermarkets In Search Of Direction, Where The Star Of Bethlehem Rises Over Industrial Yorkshire, And Where Alarm Bells For Ailing Communities Go Unheeded Or Unheard Looking For Certainty The Mind Gravitates To Recollections Of Upbringing And Family, Only To Encounter Unrecoverable Worlds, Shaped As Ever Through Armitage S Gifts For Clarity And Detail As Well As His Characteristic Dead Pan Wit Insightful, Relevant And Empathetic, These Poems Confirm The Unaccompanied As A Bold New Statement Of Intent By One Of Our Most Respected And Recognised Living Poets A Writer Who Has Had A Game Changing Influence On His Contemporaries Guardian Armitage Is That Rare Beast A Poet Whose Work Is Ambitious, Accomplished And Complex As Well As Popular Sunday Telegraph The Best Poet Of His Generation Craig Raine, Observer A quite stark and dark collection of poetry featuring a critique of modern life and austerity I do enjoy a collection of poetry every so often and I actually chose this Armitage collection to teach to my yr 13 class for their exams but I and they found it very heavy going There are some real brilliant poems hereThank you for waiting, Gymnasium, The Present, The Poet Hosts His Annual Office Christmas Party, Kitchen Window, Poor Old Soul, Nurse at a Bus Stop andPoundland All of the aforem A quite stark and dark collection of poetry featuring a critique of modern life and austerity I do enjoy a collection of poetry every so often and I actually chose this Armitage collection to teach to my yr 13 class for their exams but I and they found it very heavy going There are some real brilliant poems hereThank you for waiting, Gymnasium, The Present, The Poet Hosts His Annual Office Christmas Party, Kitchen Window, Poor Old Soul, Nurse at a Bus Stop andPoundland All of the aforementioned are well written, some humorous, some touching and some with undeniable truths Some others in the collection, however, just did nothing for me and I found myself scratching around for meaning within them I do like an obscure poem but some of these went a little too far it s always handy to have some idea what the poem is actually about Wandering slowly back after dark one nightabove a river, towards a suspension bridge,a sound concerns him that might be a tuneor might not noise drifting in, trailing off.Then his father s voice rising out of that choir,and his father s father s voice, and voicesof fathers before, concerning him only,arcing through charged air and spanning the gorge.He steps off the cliff edge and walks across. I heard Simon Armitage read some of these poems at Hay , which is what prompted me to buy the book It also meant that as I read them, I heard them in his voice It is a very varied collection, lots of humour but some very bleak points too I also discovered a couple of YouTube videos of his poems which are worth checking out. This is the finest poetry collection of a British master that I have read for years and I read quite a number from contemporary poets with a growing sense of disappointment at their lack of artistic courage verbal colour, and their narrowness of socio political focus.This group of stunning poems really rugby tackles body checks contemporary Britaindare I say England heaving down holding up to the unmerciless light such vital current issues as increasing urban squalor, milennial yo This is the finest poetry collection of a British master that I have read for years and I read quite a number from contemporary poets with a growing sense of disappointment at their lack of artistic courage verbal colour, and their narrowness of socio political focus.This group of stunning poems really rugby tackles body checks contemporary Britaindare I say England heaving down holding up to the unmerciless light such vital current issues as increasing urban squalor, milennial youth disillusionment cultural spiritual disintegration, in an unforgiving series of different verse styles, without ever neglecting age old poetic forms notions Simon Armitage radiates his deep affection for his native land pieces on his favourite northern wildernesses with their ancient, tribal echoessmall towns that have decayed from the inside the outside since the upheavals of 20th century progress et al all firmly nailed by his grasp of the vernacular the use of telling metaphors The very best of his work I think Such is Armitage s skill and voice as a poet that there is pleasure, resonance, to be had even from poems whose meaning escapes me There are some of these here And some too that get away too completely And then there are those whose meaning seems completely clear and the words a joy Sad, wry perhaps To Do List featuring Donald Campbell was funny and then uncomfortable Poundland utterly, utterly glorious and majestic honestly , Poor Old Soul heartbreaking, The Poet Hosts His Annual Such is Armitage s skill and voice as a poet that there is pleasure, resonance, to be had even from poems whose meaning escapes me There are some of these here And some too that get away too completely And then there are those whose meaning seems completely clear and the words a joy Sad, wry perhaps To Do List featuring Donald Campbell was funny and then uncomfortable Poundland utterly, utterly glorious and majestic honestly , Poor Old Soul heartbreaking, The Poet Hosts His Annual Christmas Party and Thank You for Waiting are keepers I d ve loved Nurse at a Bus Stop , with its jilted bride of public transportif some of the images didn t seem to exceed poetic licence those flatlining monitors are not for the cancer patients and uniforms are not worn out and about these days Some of the poems in this collection made my synapses implode The range of Mr Armitage s voice is astonishing He can do opulent and sparse, bucolic and urban, Beowulfian and airport announcements, slapstick and death.I read over a thousand poems in the last few months, and I d say the twenty very best ones I found in this slim, wonderful volume. This collection features a number of excellent poems from Armitage, such as Poundland , Last Snowman , and the eponymous The Unaccompanied , alongside a few others that are less arresting, and feel a bit like filler material Overall, Armitage s distinctive voice cynical, darkly humorous and wonderfully relatable makes this a poetry collection to savour and re read, but the variations in quality across poems mean that this is not his best work. Unmistakeable Armitage, with a number of poems about modern life alongside a number about wild British landscapes Some poems deliver themselves with a punch and a vigour Gymnasium, Thank you for Waiting, others resist easy interpretation, prompting a sense of one s own flaws as a reader in the thought That can t be it can it Sometimes poems shift around with incongruities and will need further research before yielding greater depths Reviewers linked this to a state of the nation collection Unmistakeable Armitage, with a number of poems about modern life alongside a number about wild British landscapes Some poems deliver themselves with a punch and a vigour Gymnasium, Thank you for Waiting, others resist easy interpretation, prompting a sense of one s own flaws as a reader in the thought That can t be it can it Sometimes poems shift around with incongruities and will need further research before yielding greater depths Reviewers linked this to a state of the nation collection I am not so sure about this, as I struggled to find the tendrils of Brexit in it I think I found one about Farage pissing off after the result the UKIP purple present however, I may have misread this.One recurrent theme is loneliness and it is these poems that speak most eloquently to me I saw the advertisement for this book on Faber Faber and it had a video with Armitage reading the poem Thank You for Waiting I was immediately hooked The straight to the heart dissection of the current society, one of the most banal experience waiting in the airport transformed in a poem It is only one of the poems from this collection that really connects Another wonderful example would be The Present which won the 2010 Keats Shelley Prize for Poetry, but evenimportant, made me wo I saw the advertisement for this book on FaberFaber and it had a video with Armitage reading the poem Thank You for Waiting I was immediately hooked The straight to the heart dissection of the current society, one of the most banal experience waiting in the airport transformed in a poem It is only one of the poems from this collection that really connects Another wonderful example would be The Present which won the 2010 Keats Shelley Prize for Poetry, but evenimportant, made me wonder about the presents I will leave my daughter This book is a rare jewel politically, socially, personally, environmentally engaging and poetically delivered too Another beautiful edition from FaberFaber, worthwhile addition to any library The Unaccompanied has all the verve and feeling that first drew me to the poetry of Simon Armitage in early collections Zoom and Kid There s a maturity of view in his new collection Armitage is now in his fifties that gives an intensity of perception and a sense of regret at the transitoriness of things that I haven t seen before in his work except perhaps in his long millennium poem Five Eleven Ninety Nine Some of the poems in The Unaccompanied are about places that I know very well Wa The Unaccompanied has all the verve and feeling that first drew me to the poetry of Simon Armitage in early collections Zoom and Kid There s a maturity of view in his new collection Armitage is now in his fifties that gives an intensity of perception and a sense of regret at the transitoriness of things that I haven t seen before in his work except perhaps in his long millennium poem Five Eleven Ninety Nine Some of the poems in The Unaccompanied are about places that I know very well Wakefield Westgate station, Tinsley viaduct, the corpse road that winds up behind Dove Cottage in Grasmere which gives them a particular resonance.I really liked everything about this collection It s highly likely to be one of my books of 2017

[BOOKS] ✯ The Unaccompanied ✴ Simon Armitage – Oaklandjobs.co.uk
  • Hardcover
  • 76 pages
  • The Unaccompanied
  • Simon Armitage
  • 09 March 2019
  • 0571333842