William Plomer: Selected Poems
He was E.M. Forster’s “favourite contemporary poet”. W.H. Auden extolled his “first-class visual imagination”. Stephen Spender considered his output “among the best English poems written in the present century”. Yet for most readers, William Plomer (1903–1973) is now a faintly-remembered name. Born in Pietersburg, South Africa, William Plomer settled in London in 1929, where he went on to occupy a central position in English letters.
By turns lyrical, amatory, satirical and dramatic, Plomer addresses his favourite subjects – Africa, the divided self, aesthetic pleasure, the macabre and the absurd – with a formal assurance, bleak wit and urgency of feeling. This rich and thorough selection presents, for the first time in almost fifty years, Plomer’s best.