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Oxford in Verse Glyn Pursglove and Alistair Ricketts

Oxford in Verse

Glyn Pursglove and Alistair Ricketts

Published 1999
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Hardcover
192 pages
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Oxford has inspired many poems, but it has waited a long time for this anthology to give a generous sampling of them.Glyn Pursglove and Alistair Ricketts offer a representative range of poetic responses to Oxford over a period of four hundred years.MoreOxford has inspired many poems, but it has waited a long time for this anthology to give a generous sampling of them.Glyn Pursglove and Alistair Ricketts offer a representative range of poetic responses to Oxford over a period of four hundred years. They begin with Thomas Lodges vision of Christ Church Meadow people with dancing water nymphs, and end with Duncan Bushs annotation of the draughty common sink, the crumbling edge / of Cotswold sills, the old decrepit stair. Their choice of poems naturally reflects Matthew Arnolds famous description of Oxford as that sweet City with her dreaming spires, but it also gives due attention to such places as the land of the canal, dearer to James Elroy Flecker than the antique town. Space is found for critics as well as devotees.Oxford in Verse provides a highly readable collection of generally unfamiliar poems, useful biographies of the poets, and many fascinating glimpses of the social history of Oxford. It will give pleasure to all those who have any connection with, or affection for, a place which has been called the Muses paradise.