Collected Poems - Laura RidingLondon, Toronto, Melbourne & Sydney: Cassell and Company Limited, 1938, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with creasing to the head of the upper panel. Boards a little grubby, more heavily so at the spine. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Contains: Black & white drawings;
From the cover: “This impressive compilation of Laura Riding’s Poems, drawn from nine previous volumes, and containing much hitherto unpublished material, reveals at full length a poet for whom it has long been difficult to find a label. We can now understand why her poems have defied conventional classification. We must read them in relation to one another to appreciate the large coherence of thought behind them. Then, instead of assuming a mysterious personality at work in intellectual isolation, we recognize that here is a complete range of poetic experience controlled with sensitive wisdom.
We cannot, in fact, describe Laura Riding’s poems as of such or such a type or tendency: rather, they set a new standard of poetic originality. They are undiluted: no politics or psychology, no religion or philosophical sentiment, no scholastic irrelevancies, no mystical or musical wantonness. This does not mean that they lack any of the graces that it is proper to expect in poetry: they have memorable beauty of phrase, serene humour, and a rich intricacy of movement that redeems the notion of ‘pure poetry’ from the curse put upon it by the aestheticians. They are, moreover, very consciously the work of a woman, introducing into poetry energies without which it is no more than ‘a tradition of male monologue’, not a living communication.”