The Music of Time with John Burnside

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Blackwell's is delighted to be hosting poet and academic John Burnside in conversation about his latest book The Music of Time, a personal and rigorous study of 20th century poetry.

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Though we might not realise it, our collective memory of the twentieth century was defined by the poets who lived and wrote in it. At every significant turning point we find them, pen in hand, fingers poised at the typewriter, ready to distil the essence of the moment, from the muddy wastes of the Western front to the vast reckoning that came with the end of empire.

This is the first and only history of twentieth century poetry, by the acclaimed poet, author and academic John Burnside. Bringing together poets from times and places as diverse as Tsarist Russia, 1960's America and Ireland at the height of the Troubles, The Music of Time reveals how poets engaged with and shaped the most important issues of their times - and were in their turn affected by their context and dialogue with each other. This is a major work of scholarship, that on every page bears witness to the transformative beauty and power of poetry.

'Burnside's thoroughly humane prose makes him a great companion and guide. As this inspiring, persuasive book argues the case for poetry it comes close to being poetry itself.' Fiona Sampson, poet and author of In Search of Mary Shelley.

'A rich and pugnacious plea for the necessity of poetry which takes in autobiography, mediaeval Swiss irrigation channels, the viewpoint in romantic landscape, Rilke's itineraries, cruising with Hart Crane, attacks by zoo animals.' Jonathan Meades, author and film-maker.

About the Author

John Burnside is a poet, novelist and Professor of English at the University of St Andrews. He has published 14 books of poetry, and has won the Geoffrey Faber Prize, the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the Petrarca Preis and, most recently, the Forward and T.S. Eliot Prizes for his poetry. He has also published eight novels and a memoir. John became a full-time writer in 1994, after working in computer systems analysis for a decade.




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