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Collected Poems 1951-1975

Collected Poems 1951-1975

by Charles Causley

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ISBN: 0-87923-168-8
Pages: 289
Size: 5.25" x 8.5"
Published: January 1975
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Charles Causley is without question one of Britain's foremost living poets. He has been writing poetry for a quarter century that because it is perfectly crafted and easily comprehensible has moved and entertained a large and admiring audience. Causley is one of our language's last great popular poets: his verse rhymes; he employs traditional forms such as the ballad; he writes of the sea, of children, of war, of Cornwall where he has always lived and taught. This volume presents the perfected version of every poem Causley has wished to preserve, together with 23 new ones. These are poems of vigorous rhythms and diction. They express deep compassion and rare insight. While never unsubtle, Causley is always direct — and consequently always readable. Praise for Collected Poems 1951-1975
The truth about Causley is that he is simply the best poet of his kind we have had since the turn of the century. —Derek Parker
Charles Causley
Charles Causley was born in Cornwall in 1917. He published his first play, Runaway, at the age of nineteen. Soon afterward—as it was the height of World War II—he entered the Navy. His service allowed him to gain admittance to the Peterborough Training College, where he earned the necessary qualification to teach primary school in his hometown. He continued to teach at the primary school until his retirement, even as his literary career blossomed. In the 1950s, he published his first collections of poems: Farewell Aggie Weston, Survivor's Leave, and Union Street. He later published several collections for children. His poetry's frequent references to Cornwall and its legends proved popular in his homeland, and led to his being named a Bard of the Cornish Gorsedd in 1955. He also received a CBE in 1986, a Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1967, and the Heywood Hill Literary Prize in 2000, among other prizes. Causley died in 2003 but remains a beloved poet in Cornwall, where his children's poetry often appears in school readers and literature textbooks.