Collected Poems

Collected Poems

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This volume brings together eight decades of work by a writer described in the Dictionary of National Biography as “a man of letters, attaining equal distinction as poet, historian, and political commentator.” Robert Conquest’s many honours include the PEN Brazil Prize (for the best long poem about the Second World War), a Festival of Britain verse prize, and the Michael Braude Award for Light Verse. His poems cover an astonishing range: Clive James praised his “fastidiously chiselled poems which proved his point that cool reason was not necessarily lyricism’s enemy”, while Philip Larkin, applauding Conquest’s virtuosity with the limerick form, inscribed a copy of High Windows “To Bob, Il Miglior Fabbro (or whatever it was) – at least over five lines.” Conquest neatly skewered pretension wherever he found it, but throughout his long life also wrote eloquent poems of love, longing, and loss. As the poet and critic David Mason observed, “These are poems by a man of the world who has seen and studied much and has apparently lived with gusto. It is good to be in his company.”