Minotaur, Poetry and the Nation State (Signed copy)
Signed by Tom Paulin
First edition, first printing hardback in dustwrapper. 22.5 × 14cm, 298pp.
Signed directly to the title page by Tom Paulin.
In this collection of essays, Tom Paulin looks at the work of a selection of poets—ranging from Robert Southey to Philip Larkin, from John Clare to Ted Hughes—defining the originality of their subject matter. He also relates the poets to themes of nationhood and to ideas about ways of speaking which run throughout the book. The author also demonstrates the intricate connection between the private imagination and society at large, creating a strong sense of kinship between literature of the past and the present, and exploring the depths which underlie the most simple-seeming lyrics.
The book is in very good condition with some age-toning to the pages. The dustwrapper is a little chipped to the edges and has two small scratches to the rear panel but it has not been price-clipped and is now within a protective sleeve.