ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: October 28, 2004
All the Poems: Collected Poems
By (author) Muriel Spark
Muriel Spark was a poet before she was a novelist: All the Poems presents the full range of the poetry of one of the most acclaimed modern British writers. Here are villanelles, ballads and epigrams, as well as freer forms, all marked by brilliantly precise observation and command of her medium. Her poems are witty, idiosyncratic and haunting, transforming the familiar into glittering moments of strangeness, revealing the dark music beneath the mundane. The edge of danger and wry insights in Muriel Spark’s poems are equally unforgettable. ‘Although most of my life has been devoted to fiction, I have always thought of myself as a poet. I do not write poetic prose, but feel that my outlook on life and my perceptions of events are those of a poet, Whether in prose or verse, all creative writing is mysteriously connected with music and I always hope this factor is apparent throughout my work.’ Muriel Spark
Before attaining fame as a novelist (Memento Mori, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), Muriel Spark was already an acclaimed poet. In the seventy poems collected here, Muriel Spark works in open forms as well as villanelles, rondels, epigrams, and even the tour de force of a twenty-one page ballad. She shows herself a master of unforgettable short poems. The “power and control” of her poetry, as Publishers Weekly remarked, “is almost startling.” With the vitality and wit typical of all her work, Dame Muriel has never stopped writing poems, which frequently appear in The New Yorker.