The Fire And The Fountain: An Essay on Poetry - John PressGeoffrey Cumberlege Oxford University Press, 1955, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with loss at the spine ends and corners and heavy tanning to the spine. Price Clipped. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Tanning to the blanks. Edges of the text block lightly spotted. Text complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “Setting out to describe the manner in which a poem germinates and grows in a poet’s mind, Mr. Press postulates that a poet is a man who is gifted with an unusually powerful physical sensibility, together with an unusually strong feeling for the formal properties of language. The first part of the book analyses the nature and the operation of the fruitful sensuality from which poetry may spring, and relates this to more orthodox theories of poetic inspiration. The second half is concerned with the means whereby a poem attains its appropriate form. After tracing the origin of those images and rhythms which present themselves to the poet, the author endeavours to show how the poet’s imagination shapes them into a perfected work of art. The argument of the book is illustrated with numerous quotations from English poetry of the sixteenth century and onwards to the present day..”