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By Michael Symmons Roberts,Paul Farley

From Chatterton’s Pre-Raphaelite dying to Keats’ loss of life warrant in a smudge of arterial blood; from Dylan Thomas’s eighteen instantly whiskies to Sylvia Plath’s determined suicide within the fuel oven of her Primrose Hill kitchen or John Berryman’s bounce from a bridge onto the frozen Mississippi, the deaths of poets have usually forged a backward shadow on their paintings.

The post-Romantic fantasy of the dissolute drunken poet – exemplified by way of Thomas and made iconic by way of his dying in big apple – has fatally skewed a twin of poets in our tradition. Novelists may be sturdy, savvy, politically adept and on top of things, yet poets may be melancholic, doomed and self-destructive. is that this only a fantasy, or is there a few crucial fact in the back of it: that fab poems in simple terms come whilst a poet's lifestyles is driven correct to an emotional knife-edge of acceptability, security, safeguard? what's the cost of poetry?

In this booklet, modern poets adopt a chain of trips – throughout Britain, the United States and Europe – to the loss of life locations of poets of the previous, partially as pilgrims, honouring inspirational writers, but additionally as investigators, interrogating the parable. the result's a e-book that's, in flip, enlightening and provocative, eye-wateringly humorous and powerfully moving.

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