Trailer ¶ The Unaccompanied PDF by ☆ Simon Armitage I spent a very enjoyable afternoon reading through this collection Whilst I feel that I need to go back and reread some of the poems, others I connected to immediately, such as The Present and Poundland Thank You for Waiting is such a clever poem Most of us have suffered the ignominy of being an economy passenger, standing around and waiting while those blessed withmoney or prestige make their way to relatively luxurious seats, making it easy to understand the powerful message portrayed And being a school teacher, I couldn t help but love Homework Another great collection by this very talented man Simon Armitage is definitely my favourite modern poet.
Such is Armitage s skill and voice as a poet that there is pleasure, resonance, to be had even from poems whose meaning escapes me There are some of these here And some too that get away too completely And then there are those whose meaning seems completely clear and the words a joy Sad, wry perhaps To Do List featuring Donald Campbell was funny and then uncomfortable Poundland utterly, utterly glorious and majestic honestly , Poor Old Soul heartbreaking, The Poet Hosts His Annual Christmas Party and Thank You for Waiting are keepers I d ve loved Nurse at a Bus Stop , with its jilted bride of public transportif some of the images didn t seem to exceed poetic licence those flatlining monitors are not for the cancer patients and uniforms are not worn out and about these days Some of the poems in this collection made my synapses implode The range of Mr Armitage s voice is astonishing He can do opulent and sparse, bucolic and urban, Beowulfian and airport announcements, slapstick and death.
I read over a thousand poems in the last few months, and I d say the twenty very best ones I found in this slim, wonderful volume.
This is the finest poetry collection of a British master that I have read for years and I read quite a number from contemporary poets with a growing sense of disappointment at their lack of artistic courage verbal colour, and their narrowness of socio political focus.
This group of stunning poems really rugby tackles body checks contemporary Britaindare I say England heaving down holding up to the unmerciless light such vital current issues as increasing urban squalor, milennial youth disillusionment cultural spiritual disintegration, in an unforgiving series of different verse styles, without ever neglecting age old poetic forms notions Simon Armitage radiates his deep affection for his native land pieces on his favourite northern wildernesses with their ancient, tribal echoessmall towns that have decayed from the inside the outside since the upheavals of 20th century progress et al all firmly nailed by his grasp of the vernacular the use of telling metaphors The very best of his work I think.
Unmistakeable Armitage, with a number of poems about modern life alongside a number about wild British landscapes Some poems deliver themselves with a punch and a vigour Gymnasium, Thank you for Waiting, others resist easy interpretation, prompting a sense of one s own flaws as a reader in the thought That can t be it can it Sometimes poems shift around with incongruities and will need further research before yielding greater depths Reviewers linked this to a state of the nation collection I am not so sure about this, as I struggled to find the tendrils of Brexit in it I think I found one about Farage pissing off after the result the UKIP purple present however, I may have misread this.
One recurrent theme is loneliness and it is these poems that speak most eloquently to me.
This collection features a number of excellent poems from Armitage, such as Poundland , Last Snowman , and the eponymous The Unaccompanied , alongside a few others that are less arresting, and feel a bit like filler material Overall, Armitage s distinctive voice cynical, darkly humorous and wonderfully relatable makes this a poetry collection to savour and re read, but the variations in quality across poems mean that this is not his best work.
I saw the advertisement for this book on FaberFaber and it had a video with Armitage reading the poem Thank You for Waiting I was immediately hooked The straight to the heart dissection of the current society, one of the most banal experience waiting in the airport transformed in a poem It is only one of the poems from this collection that really connects Another wonderful example would be The Present which won the 2010 Keats Shelley Prize for Poetry, but evenimportant, made me wonder about the presents I will leave my daughter This book is a rare jewel politically, socially, personally, environmentally engaging and poetically delivered too Another beautiful edition from FaberFaber, worthwhile addition to any library.
The Unaccompanied has all the verve and feeling that first drew me to the poetry of Simon Armitage in early collections Zoom and Kid There s a maturity of view in his new collection Armitage is now in his fifties that gives an intensity of perception and a sense of regret at the transitoriness of things that I haven t seen before in his work except perhaps in his long millennium poem Five Eleven Ninety Nine Some of the poems in The Unaccompanied are about places that I know very well Wakefield Westgate station, Tinsley viaduct, the corpse road that winds up behind Dove Cottage in Grasmere which gives them a particular resonance.
I really liked everything about this collection It s highly likely to be one of my books of 2017
The Most Popular English Poet Since Larkin Sunday TimesAfter Than A Decade And Following His Celebrated Adventures In Drama, Translation, Travel Writing And Prose Poetry, Simon Armitage S Eleventh Collection Of Poems Heralds A Return To His Trademark Contemporary Lyricism The Pieces In This Multi Textured And Moving Volume Are Set Against A Backdrop Of Economic Recession And Social Division, Where Mass Media, The Mass Market And Globalisation Have Made Alienation A Commonplace Experience And Where The Solitary Imagination Drifts And Conjures The Unaccompanied Documents A World On The Brink, A World Of Unreliable Seasons And Unstable Coordinates, Where Odysseus Stalks The Aisles Of Cut Price Supermarkets In Search Of Direction, Where The Star Of Bethlehem Rises Over Industrial Yorkshire, And Where Alarm Bells For Ailing Communities Go Unheeded Or Unheard Looking For Certainty The Mind Gravitates To Recollections Of Upbringing And Family, Only To Encounter Unrecoverable Worlds, Shaped As Ever Through Armitage S Gifts For Clarity And Detail As Well As His Characteristic Dead Pan Wit Insightful, Relevant And Empathetic, These Poems Confirm The Unaccompanied As A Bold New Statement Of Intent By One Of Our Most Respected And Recognised Living Poets A Writer Who Has Had A Game Changing Influence On His Contemporaries Guardian Armitage Is That Rare Beast A Poet Whose Work Is Ambitious, Accomplished And Complex As Well As Popular Sunday Telegraph The Best Poet Of His Generation Craig Raine, Observer