The Faber Book of Beasts

The Faber Book of Beasts

Paul Muldoon / May 25, 2019

The Faber Book of Beasts The Faber Book of Beasts is a collection of many of the best poems in English about the creatures who share our planet The animal kingdom has prompted some of the liveliest and most enjoyable writing

  • Title: The Faber Book of Beasts
  • Author: Paul Muldoon
  • ISBN: 9780571195473
  • Page: 109
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Faber Book of Beasts is a collection of many of the best poems in English about the creatures who share our planet The animal kingdom has prompted some of the liveliest and most enjoyable writing by poets, from Homer to our contemporaries Among the creatures gathered here, tame or wild common or exotic, are mammals, reptiles, birds, insects, and others perhaps The Faber Book of Beasts is a collection of many of the best poems in English about the creatures who share our planet The animal kingdom has prompted some of the liveliest and most enjoyable writing by poets, from Homer to our contemporaries Among the creatures gathered here, tame or wild common or exotic, are mammals, reptiles, birds, insects, and others perhaps fanciful than real A zoologist s delight.There is, too, a moral or philosophical purpose As Paul Muldoon says in his introduction We are most human in the presence of animals And it is just this sense of how our humanity is illuminated by the contemplation of bestial life that he has set out to celebrate The results are wonderfully rich and thought provoking.

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      • Paul Muldoon

        Born in Northern Ireland, Muldoon currently resides in the US and teaches at Princeton University He held the chair of Professor of Poetry at Oxford University from 1999 through 2004 In September 2007, Muldoon became the poetry editor of The New Yorker.Awards 1992 Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for Madoc A Mystery1994 T S Eliot Prize for The Annals of Chile1997 Irish Times Irish Literature Prize for Poetry for New Selected Poems 1968 19942002 T S Eliot Prize shortlist for Moy Sand and Gravel2003 Griffin Poetry Prize Canada for Moy Sand and Gravel2003 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Moy Sand and Gravel2004 American Ireland Fund Literary Award2004 Aspen Prize 2004 Shakespeare Prize


    664 Comments

    1. A wonderful compilation of poetry including both old and new. The unifying theme is beasts, whether it is just a mention of a beast in a poem or a poem completely revolving around one, if it fits the criteria of Muldoon then he's included it. Another interesting aspect is that the poems are published alphabetically according to the type of beast featured. The collection includes poets such as Ted Hughes, D.H. Lawrence, Robert Browning, Emily Dickinson and many others.


    2. Read as part of my OU module AA100 The Arts Past and Present. A collection of poetry, some good, some not so good (although to be honest poetry is not my thing)!


    3. I've always found poems unfulfilling to read; it seems like they end either far too quickly or drag on for far too long - there never seems to be an in-between. This was read as part of my university course and whilst I'm grateful for the opportunity to have been able to experience the writings of an eclectic mix of poets, I'm also rather disappointed that only a handful truly appealed to me.


    4. I've been powering through this book the past few days for my course. Well half for my course and half for myself, because not every poem needed to be read but I wanted to know for sure which poems i liked in this and you can only really do that if you read the whole anthology.Anyway. Not every poem appealed to me, but that doesn't take the talent away from the authors. I liked the way it way it was organised. It's in alphabetical order, by poem title, so there's a nice mix of style, era of lang [...]


    5. This collection is quite a mixed bag and not everything will suit one person's taste. For me, it was a revelation to discover some great poets and also learn some to avoid. My favourite poet's featured in this book are Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney, Elizabeth Bishop, DH Lawrence, Thom Gunn, William Shakespeare and Walt Whitman.



    6. Good anthology. I've covered the chapter on my OU course dealing with this book so I'm marking it read although I haven't read every poem.



    7. Although the poems within this book were of generally excellent quality and choice (with some minor exceptions, but that is due to personal taste), and I was delighted, and shocked, and saddened again and again, I found the book lacked structure. I was not being led through a maze or menagerie, nor was I taken on any categorical adventure. In fact the poems seemed to be placed entirely at random throughout the collection, with no pattern to speak of at all. I am not saying, by any means, that I [...]


    8. 2.75 stars. I read this book for university. It was okay. It was a good anthology of a wide range of poets, some undoubtedly better than others. Some poems were funny, some were cute, some were just downright strange. Animal poetry isn't really my thing, but there were some that I did really enjoy, which is what brought the rating up slightly. Others were just dull and couldn't capture my attention and interest.


    9. This is a set book for AA100, a core module of B.A. English Literature (and most Humanities undergraduate courses). I haven't ready every poem in this book as many take significant effort to analyse but I've read all the ones required for the module and skimmed the whole book to create my own mini-anthology. Poetry was a branch of literature that had previously eluded me and I've subsequently learned that poems are much like those 2D linear drawings; once someone has shown you how to look at the [...]


    10. A common theme (some linked only tenuously) but huge diversity of authors. Loved the Burns and Lawrence. A few others appealed but there were some big-hitters in the field that left me cold. Poetry is supposed to have reader appeal, isn't it?




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