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  • Published: 25 January 2018
  • ISBN: 9780141961774
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224
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Collected Poems



The complete collection of Kingsley Amis's poems, as witty, scabrous and bracing as his celebrated novels

Although best known for his comic novels, Kingsley Amis wrote poetry throughout his career. Collected Poems spans subjects from nature and cricket to love, ageing and literature, brimming with his characteristic wit and irreverence, yet full of compassion. 'The Last War' brings home the futility of battle by portraying countries as flawed characters destined for misfortune, while 'Their Oxford' reflects on the passing of time, and in contrast the playful 'Sight Unseen' laments the difficulty of attracting women. By turns provocative and poignant, this collection provides an illuminating glimpse into the heart and mind of Amis.

  • Published: 25 January 2018
  • ISBN: 9780141961774
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 224
Categories:

About the author

Kingsley Amis

Kingsley Amis has been described as 'the finest English comic novelist of the second half of the twentieth century'. Born in 1922, he wrote over twenty novels, including Lucky Jim (1954), winner of the Somerset Maugham Award for fiction, The Old Devils (1986), which won the Booker Prize, and The Biographer's Moustache (1995). He also published several collections of short stories, poetry and non-fiction. Amis was awarded a CBE in 1981 and received a knighthood in 1990. He died in 1995.

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Praise for Collected Poems

Accomplished, literate and entertaining

Clive James, New Statesman

Amis has no faults. He is clever, witty, ironical

Guardian

'Bare-knuckled, witty, light but never 'lite', outward-looking instead of inward-gazing - a kind of red-blooded vers de société'

David Yezzi, The New Criterion

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