Lives of the Poets
From Piers Plowman to the post-modernists, from fifteenth-century Scotland to the Carribean today, Michael Schmidt’s scholarship and enthusiasm bring alive the works of more than 300 poets of the last 700 years.
Traversing the landscapes of biography, form, culture and history, Schmidt explores not just the story of English poetry, but English as a language, tracing voices down the centuries and across continents.
Amusing, contentious, authoritative and accessible, LIVES OF THE POETS is the most comprehensive one-volume history of poetry in print from one of our foremost literary biographers.
LIVES OF THE POETS was published on 28th August 2014 by Head of Zeus.
– New York Times
“Deft critical judgements, lightness of touch, the ability both to examine minutely and to generalize boldly – this book is both a tonic and a continuing pleasure”
“A celebration of poetry in the shape of a history from Chaucer up to the present day. A book to put into the hands of any young man or woman beginning to be aware that poetry is the glory of our language”
“A masterly exercise of cogency and compression”
– Times Literary Supplement