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Learning Human Selected Poems

by Les A. Murray

  • ISBN: 9780374260736
  • ISBN10: 0374260737

Learning Human Selected Poems

by Les A. Murray

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  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux
  • Publish date: 01/01/2000
  • ISBN: 9780374260736
  • ISBN10: 0374260737
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Description: Les Murray is one of the great poets of the English language -- past, present, and future. Learning Human contains the poems he considers his best: 137 poems written since 1965, including a dozen poems published for the first time in this book. Murray has distinguished between what he calls the "Narrowspeak" of ordinary affairs, of money and social position, of interest and calculation, and the "Wholespeak" of life in its fullness, of real religion, and of poetry.

Poetry, he proposes, is the most human of activities, "the whole simultaneous gamut of reasoning, envisioning, feeling and vibrating we go through when we are really taken up with some matter ... We are not just thinking about whatever it may be, but savouring it and experiencing it and wrestling with it in the ghostly sympathy of our muscles. We are alive at full stretch towards it. Poetry models the fullness of life ... Like prayer, it pulls all the motions of our life and being into a concentrated true attentiveness to which God might speak".

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