Paper Aeroplane: Poems 1989–2014 by Simon Armitage

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Read Paper Aeroplane: Poems 1989–2014 Online Free - When Simon Armitage burst on to the poetry scene in 1989 with his spectacular debut Zoom!, readers were introduced to an exceptional new talent who would reshape the landscape of contemporary poetry in the years to come. Now, twenty-five years on, Simon Armitage's reputation as one of the nation's most original, most respected and best-loved poets seems secure. Paper Aeroplane: Poems 1989-2014 is the author's own selection from across a quarter-century of work, from his debut to the latest, uncollected work. Drawing upon all of his award-winning poetry collections, including Kid, Book of Matches, The Universal Home Doctor and Seeing Stars, this generous selection provides an essential gathering of this most thrilling of poets, and is key reading for students and general readers alike.

Title : Paper Aeroplane: Poems 1989–2014
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ISBN : 0571310672
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 240 pages


Ryan rated it ★★★★☆

October 16, 2016

When I pass a shelf and see a Selected Poems by either Heaney, Hughes, or Harrison, I somehow feel that they've always been there. On seeing this, the second Selected Poems from a poet whose career began when I was eight, that feeling isn't there. A unique kind of buzz is however. I won't pretend...

Ally rated it ★★★★☆

March 04, 2015

Enjoyable collection to dip in and out of. Armitage is certainly a talented poet and he experiments with various forms. I think the poem entitled 'Poundland' was my favourite. Here's a brief excerpt: …beyond the hazard cone where serious chutney spillage had occurred. Then emerged souls: the duty m...

Isobel rated it ★★★★☆

January 31, 2015

Having already analysed many of the poems in depth, I decided to read the collection as a whole in one sitting, and man was that a good idea. Armitage has the ability to articulate feelings that everyone else struggles to describe, and his experimental use of form and language always blows me awa...

Steven rated it ★★★★☆

June 24, 2016

Collection of poems so far. If you can listen to him reading them rather than read as they are better live (so to speak) What armitage does so well is he writes work that is both current yet timeless. Not sure what others think but i think armitage captures an emotional truth that few others have....

Anne rated it ★★★★★

July 20, 2016

An absorbing introduction to the brilliant Simin Armitage. His poems speak of nature, of emotions, tragedies and human existence. They are witty, moving, heart-wrenching - sometimes at the same time. There are also excerpts from his translations or dramatisations of the Odyssey, the Death of King...

Christian rated it ★★★★☆

November 06, 2015

Full disclosure: I’m inept at poetry, uncertain if I’m being conned by the haphazard line breaks that may or may not impart additional meaning, especially ignorant of meter and whether it’s being employed in any sort of consistent fashion. I can’t even claim to know it when I see it, as there’s a...

Joy rated it ★★☆☆☆

August 12, 2017

Update: 3 stars. To be fair there were some really lovely poems in this collection that I thoroughly enjoyed. It was more to do with frequently understanding what was the deeper meanings behind these poems, which I sadly was unable to do a lot of them. I have to be honest I frequently felt quite l...

Graham rated it ★★★★☆

May 12, 2016

I've not read Armitage before, but saw this collection at my local Library and though I'd give it a go. I enjoyed this collection - the poems are accessible and readable but never facile or superficial. It's difficult to single out favourite poems but I enjoyed "Man with a Golf Ball Heart" and the...

John rated it ★★★★☆

July 07, 2015

I'd have just bought this if I'd seen it before Collected Poems, but there's enough variation from the half of this book that covers the same period that I don't mind too much. Not really sure what to get next.

Nick rated it ★★★★★

March 06, 2017

Wasn't expecting much from this but very pleasantly surprised. SA writes in the vernacular but that makes his incursions into the lyrical all the more striking. He doesn't take himself seriously which makes his serious points all the more penetrating. He is witty which makes his poignant moments a...

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