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The Drowned Book

$9.99

$9.99

Many of the poems in Sean O'Brien's new collection take their emotional tenor and imaginative cue from his acclaimed translation of Dante's Inferno, and occupy a dark, flooded, subterranean world, as dramatically compelling as it is disquieting. Circumstances have compelled O'Brien to return repeatedly to the elegiac form, and The Drowned Book contains a number of powerfully moving poems written in memory of fellow poets and artists. The Drowned Book again shows O'Brien a master of the authoritative line, and underscores his pre-eminence among contemporary English poets.

Praise for Sean O'Brien's verse translation of Dante's Inferno:
'Compelling, with a steady incandescence to the language' Independent

'All life is written in Dante's burning pages, and Sean O'Brien is to be congratulated on his expert rehabilitation of a classic' Spectator

'Combines urgent readability with a muscular forcefulness' The Economist

Book Information

  • ISBN: 9781743033142
  • Format: eBook
  • Pub Date: 17/09/2007
  • Category: Literature & literary studies / Poetry
  • Imprint: Picador
  • Price: $9.99

Many of the poems in Sean O'Brien's new collection take their emotional tenor and imaginative cue from his acclaimed translation of Dante's Inferno, and occupy a dark, flooded, subterranean world, as dramatically compelling as it is disquieting. Circumstances have compelled O'Brien to return repeatedly to the elegiac form, and The Drowned Book contains a number of powerfully moving poems written in memory of fellow poets and artists. The Drowned Book again shows O'Brien a master of the authoritative line, and underscores his pre-eminence among contemporary English poets.

Praise for Sean O'Brien's verse translation of Dante's Inferno:
'Compelling, with a steady incandescence to the language' Independent

'All life is written in Dante's burning pages, and Sean O'Brien is to be congratulated on his expert rehabilitation of a classic' Spectator

'Combines urgent readability with a muscular forcefulness' The Economist

Author Information

Sean O'Brien is a poet, critic, playwright, broadcaster, anthologist and editor. He grew up in Hull and now lives in Newcastle upon Tyne; he is Professor of Poetry at Sheffield Hallam University and teaches on the MA Writing course. His five collections of poetry to date have all won awards, most recently Downriver (Picador, 2001), which won the Forward Prize for best collection. His most recent work is a verse translation of Dante's Inferno, which Picador published in 2006.