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By A. S. J. Tessimond,Hubert Nicholson

ISBN-10: 1852248572

ISBN-13: 9781852248574

A.S.J. Tessimond (1902-1962) was once some of the most person, flexible and approachable voices in twentieth century poetry. prompted initially by way of the Imagists, his poetry is notable for its lucidity and formal exactness and for its witty, humane depiction of existence within the glossy urban. Out of step together with his contemporaries - either Pound and Eliot in addition to Auden and his fans - Tessimond used to be continually a marginalised determine, publishing simply 3 collections in his lifetime, one in every one decade from 1934 to 1958. but his paintings has been well known sufficient to be integrated in different anthologies and has been a perennial favorite with listeners of radio programmes reminiscent of Poetry Please. This version is a reissue of the posthumous amassed Poems edited through his buddy the author Hubert Nicholson, who characterized his poems as 'beautiful, shapely, good wrought and chic, even if in public of non-public mode', penetrating the guts of either London and England: 'His hallmark, his particular contribution to the physique poetic, is to be present in these poems encapsulating city types'and the associations that form and demarcate their lives, the preferred press and radio, movies, cash, ads, homes, tube stations, the implacable streets... He wrote a great deal approximately love, its hopes and etasies and its frustrations and sadness.' As Nicholson has mentioned, Tessimond wrote many poems within the first individual, 'but they aren't the least bit egotistical. they're resourceful projections of himself into forms, areas, generalised guy, even God or Fate.' He used to be 'entirely a guy of the city', his 'landscape' items depicting Hyde Park nook, Chelsea Embankment, a Paris cafe or even an overcrowded bus in Jamaica. 'He enjoyed the lifestyles round him and used to be a meditative in addition to an observant guy. He mirrored, and mirrored on, the passing convey, kindly, truthfully, and with wit and wisdom.' Tessimond has been defined as an eccentric, a night-lifer, loner and flaneur. He enjoyed ladies, was once continually falling in love, yet by no means married. He suffered from common bouts of melancholy, alleviated neither by way of a succession of psychiatrists nor by way of electrical surprise remedy. the truth that he was once laid low with self-doubt and was once fiercely severe of his personal paintings should have contributed to his paintings being too little released and an excessive amount of overlooked, regardless of being championed by means of a rare number of admirers, from Michael Roberts, John Lehmann and Ceri Richards to Bernard Levin, Maggie Smith, invoice Deedes and Trevor McDonald. Maggie Smith learn his poem 'Heaven' on the funeral of Bernard Levin, for whom Tessimond used to be 'a quiet voice, which makes it effortless to overlook the resonances, yet they're there, and even supposing I doubt if he'll in attaining a frequent popularity, i'm definite that any destiny anthology of twentieth-century English verse that doesn't comprise a pattern of his paintings could be much less entire, much less consultant and not more necessary than it may have been.' In an obituary for the days, Tessimond's good friend, the critic George Rostrevor Hamilton, acknowledged he used to be 'modest approximately his poetry, and occasionally concept it too small to be worthy. yet over and above a dry wit and fancy, he had a gorgeous feeling for phrases, meticulous yet, like himself, with no affectation. In his personal approach he used to be unrivalled.'

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