The Shepherd's Hut: Poems

By Jonathan Bate

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From one of the world’s leading experts on poetry, a collection of poems

Publication date: December 2017
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Jonathan Bate is one of the world’s best-known literary scholars, renowned for his work on Shakespeare and on the poetry of nature. The biographer of John Clare and Ted Hughes, he also writes poetry himself, saying “I don’t think you should set yourself up as an expert on anything without having a go at it yourself.” Together with his wife, the author Paula Byrne, he has recently established ReLit, a small charitable foundation devoted to the idea that slow, meditative reading – especially of poetry – can be an invaluable form of stress relief in our busy world.

By absorbing ourselves in the images of a poem, slowing to its beat, and allowing our mind to rest in the pause of a line-ending, to clear itself in the white space of the page around the poem, we can calm ourselves, even as we find echoes of our own experience of beautiful places, strong feelings and moments that lift the human spirit. This collection will introduce you to the diet of swans, the quest for inner peace in ancient Chinese poetry, the English seaside and the summer Mediterranean, a rose garden and a snow-covered moor. It will remind you what it is like to fall in love and to say goodbye to love. Here are poems of memory and of mourning, quick-fire thoughts and longer meditations inspired by the great poets of the past. All author royalties will be donated to the work of ReLit.

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