The Evening Listens - Ruth AinsworthLondon, Melbourne & Toronto: William Heinemann, 1953, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a small puncture mark to the lower panel that extends into the last 4 leaves of the book. Previous owners' inscription to the first blank. Edges of the textblock heavily tanned. Pages lightly age-tanned.
From the cover: “The volume contains a long poem and a number of short lyrics. The long poem, First Affections, traces the influence of early impressions of the visual world which, unlike Wordsworth’s shadowy recol-lections, never fade but strengthen and deepen with the years.
Ruth Ainsworth’s lyric poetry is in the tradition of Blake and Housman, lucid and concise, lit with images of singular power and beauty. She strives to express in simple and imperishable form the simple and imperishable feelings of humanity.
This charming collection of verse should please poetry readers who eschew the strident and the flowery. It has the spareness and grace of the wintry tree of which she writes, allied with warmth and originality. She can both rejoice with the child gathering cherries, and mourn the chaos in the heart of man.”