The Drowned Book

Sean O'Brien

The Drowned Book
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The Drowned Book

Sean O'Brien

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

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