Graves described poetry as his ruling passion, and for him love was 'the main theme and origin of true poems'. He created a rich mythology where love, fear, fantasy and the supernatural play an essential role. Intimate yet universal, passionate yet precise, their brilliant alchemy of realism and magic made Graves's poems some of the finest of the last century. In this edition the poems appear without critical apparatus or commentary. The volume represents in its purest form the achievement of Graves's seventy productive years.
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Though Robert Graves is known to the reading public primarily for his prose writings - historical novels (I, Claudius ,) autobiography (Good-Bye to All That,) and mythology ( Greek Myths, The White Goddess,) -- he always insisted that he was essentially a poet. His poetic output was substantial -- this Penguin Classics Robert Graves: the Complete Poems in One Volume runs to more than 800 pages -- and its excellence generally recognized: he was honored with an appointment as Oxford...
Too many poems for one volume. Thin paper, small print. An awkward book to handle. The work deserves. a hardcover edition.
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