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  • Published: 15 May 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099541691
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $26.99

Who Is Ozymandias?

And other Puzzles in Poetry




An intelligent yet playful look at some of the most teasing and mystifying puzzles in poetry -- a delightful addition to any poetry-lover's shelf.

Part of the pleasure of poetry is unravelling the mysteries and difficulties they contain and solving the puzzles that lie within. Who, for instance, was Ozymandias? What is the Snark? Who is Crazy Jane? Or indeed, who is “you” in a poem?

In this wonderful new book, acclaimed poet John Fuller looks at some of our greatest poems and considers the number of individual puzzles at their heart, and casts light on how we should approach these conundrums as readers. From riddling to double entendres, mysterious titles to red herrings, Fuller playfully unpicks the puzzles in works that range from Shelley to Auden, Empson to Eliot, Browning to Bishop, to help us reach the rewards and revelations that lie at the centre of some of our best-loved poems.

  • Pub date: 15 May 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099541691
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $26.99

About the Author

John Fuller

John Fuller, born in Ashford, Kent, is an acclaimed poet and novelist. His collection Stones and Fires (1996) was awarded the Forward Prize; Ghosts (2004) was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award for Poetry; The Space of Joy (2006) was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award, and The Grey Among the Green (1988), Song & Dance (2008) and Pebble & I (2010) were all Poetry Book Society Recommendations. His 1983 novel Flying to Nowhere, a historical fantasy, won the Whitbread First Novel Award and was nominated for the Booker Prize. He has also written collections of short stories and several books for children. He is an Emeritus Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford.

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Praise for Who Is Ozymandias?

“Perceptive and playful…Fuller guides readers through the fundamental questions that make interpreting a poem so enjoyable and rewarding”

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