‘I contain multitudes,’ Walt Whitman (1819–92) says in his great poem, “Song of Myself,” and this multitudinousness, expressed with a genius for language and an imaginative energy as powerful as that possessed by any writer, has come to define the inner meaning – the mystic idea – of the American experience. Though he himself lived most of his life in and around New York City, Whitman’s poetry encompassed the sweep of a continent. He was as much a discoverer of the New World as the seafarers who first reached its shores.
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40 Sonnets by Don Paterson£10.99
This new collection from Don Paterson, his first since the Forward prize-winning Rain in 2009, is a series of forty sonnets. Some take a more traditional form, some are highly experimental, but what these poems share is a lyrical intelligence and musical gift that has been visible in his work since his first book of poems, Nil Nil, in 2009.