About This Book
The last ten years has unequivocally demonstrated that Clive James is farmore than a mere talking head. Once known as one of the English-speakingworld’s most popular television personalities, James has gone on to be acelebrated essayist, translator, and poet. The appearance of Poetry Notebook, whichdistills his passion for poetry into one indispensable volume, further adds to our appreciationof a world-class intellectual and Renaissance man. Poetry Notebook examinesthe poems and legacies of a panorama of twentieth-century poets, from Hart Craneto Ezra Pound (a “mad old amateur fascist with a panascopic grab bag”), from TedHughes to Anne Sexton. Whether demanding that poetry be heard beyond the worldof poetry or opining on his “five favorite poetry books” (Yeats, Frost, Auden, Wilbur,and Larkin), James captures the whole truth of life’s transience in this unforgettablyeloquent book on how to read and appreciate modern poetry.