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Best Poems of Stevie Smithby Stevie Smith
Synopses & Reviews
Extraordinarily funny, with the fresh eye of a visitor from another world, Stevie Smith is a poet to savor. Wielding a throwaway wit and the strangest irony,Stevie Smith was deeply read in the classics and yet sprinkled her poetry with delightful doodles. Her poems are often very dark; her characters are perpetually saying “goodbye” to their friends or welcoming death. At the same time her work has an eerie levity. Countless are her witty ways. The title of her first collection says it perfectly: A Good Time Was Had by All.
I longed for companionship rather,
The most delightful of English poets — mordantly amusing and fresh as a sassy cat
About the Author
London poet Stevie Smith (1902-1971) — "I was much too far out all my life / And not waving but drowning" — wrote three novels (including Novel on Yellow Paper) and nine volumes of poetry. "Stevie Smith often uses the word 'peculiar' and it is the best word to describe her effects" (Hermione Lee).
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