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By C.H. Sisson

while C.H. Sisson was once 20, he gave up writing poems. He all started once again in his 30s below the tension of war-time, stationed in India. Verse got here intermittently, exiguously; the majority of his early writing in translation ('fishing in different men's waters' he calls it), prose essays and fiction. within the Sixties his poems began appearing. The London Zoo - his first significant ebook - was once released in 1961 whilst the poet was once forty seven. on the grounds that that point his position has grown safe: he's one of many few direct English heirs of the nice Modernists, a poet who grounds the big energies of that circulation in English landscapes, specially these of Somerset, and reconciles the legacies of Eliot and Pound at the one hand and of Hardy and Edward Thomas at the different. The epigraph of his 1984 accumulated Poems, which this quantity updates and corrects, was once from John Gower: O gentile Engleterre, a toi j'escrits.

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