Saving From The Wreck: Essays on Poetry brings together a number of Peter Porter’s critical essays on poetry. The essays, which started life as lectures, addresses, or in one instance a radio talk, range in subject matter from the Earl of Rochester through Pope, Christopher Smart, George Crabbe and Robert Browning to Wallace Stevens and John Ashbery, and from meditations on poetry and music to the difficulties and rewards of translation. They are witty, deeply informed, fluently conversational and, as is to be expected, of unfailing interest to those concerned with the craft of poetry. Peter Porter has been described as ‘one of the few poets equal to our serious times’. When his two-volume Collected Poems was published in 1999 it was widely hailed as demonstrating beyond doubt Porter’s right to be considered as among the finest of contemporary poets.With an introduction by John Lucas.
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