The eleventh single volume of poetry from one of the Britain's most celebrated and influential contemporary poets, Simon Armitage.
Praised for his powerfully inventive, influential verse, Simon Armitage has resided at the heart of British poetry for more than a quarter century. Throughout, his work has celebrated range and adaptability, most recently in the prose poems of Seeing Stars (2010), the dramatisation of The Last Days of Troy (2014) and the translation of medieval Pearl (2016). But The Unaccompanied, his eleventh single volume, is a return to Armitage's trademark contemporary lyricism. Warm, knowing, generous and moving, the poems in this new collection combine wit and mischief with heart-stopping honesty, and mark out The Unaccompanied as a major publication by a writer the Observer has described as 'the best poet of his generation.'
Simon Armitage was born in West Yorkshire and is Professor of Poetry at the University of Sheffield. A recipient of numerous prizes and awards, he has published eleven collections of poetry, including Paper Aeroplane: Selected Poems 1989-2014 and his acclaimed translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2007). He also writes extensively for television and radio and is the author of two novels and the non-fiction bestsellers All Points North (1998), Walking Home (2012), and Walking Away (2015). His theatre works include The Last Days of Troy, performed at Shakespeare's Globe in 2014. In 2010 he received the CBE for services to poetry and in 2015 was appointed Professor of Poetry at Oxford University.
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