Alice Oswald - Author

About the Author

Alice Oswald lives in Devon and is married with three children. Her collections include Dart, which won the 2002 T S Eliot Prize, Woods etc. (Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize), A Sleepwalk on the Severn (Hawthornden Prize), Weeds and Wildflowers (Ted Hughes Award) and, most recently, Memorial, which won the 2013 Warwick Prize for Writing. ‘Dunt’, included in this collection, was awarded the Forward Prize for Best Single Poem.

Featured books by Alice Oswald

Falling Awake

Falling Awake

Author: Alice Oswald Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/07/2016

Working as before with an ear to the oral tradition, these poems attend to the organic shapes and sounds and momentum of the language as it's spoken as well as how it's thought: fresh, fluid and propulsive, but also fragmentary, repetitive. These are poems that are written to be read aloud. Orpheus and Tithonus appear at the beginning and end of this book, alive in an English landscape, stuck in the clockwork of their own speech, and the Hours - goddesses of the seasons and the natural apportioning of Time - are the presiding figures. The persistent conditions are flux and falling, and the lines are in constant motion: approaching, from daring new angles, our experience of being human, and coalescing into poems of simple, stunning beauty.

Memorial

Memorial

Author: Alice Oswald Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2011

  Matthew Arnold praised the Iliad for its 'nobility', as has everyone ever since - but ancient critics praised it for its enargeia, its 'bright unbearable reality' (the word used when gods come to earth not in disguise but as themselves). To retrieve the poem's energy, Alice Oswald has stripped away its story, and her account focuses by turns on Homer's extended similes and on the brief 'biographies' of the minor war-dead, most of whom are little more than names, but each of whom lives and dies unforgettably - and unforgotten - in the copiousness of Homer's glance.   'The Iliad is an oral poem. This translation presents it as an attempt - in the aftermath of the Trojan War - to remember people's names and lives without the use of writing. I hope it will have its own coherence as a series of memories and similes laid side by side: an antiphonal account of man in his world...compatible with the spirit of oral poetry, which was never stable but always adapting itself to a new audience, as if its language, unlike written language, was still alive and kicking.' (Alice Oswald).

Dart

Dart

Author: Alice Oswald Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/07/2002

Using these records and voices as a sort of poetic census, she creates a narrative of the river, tracking its life from source to sea. The voices are wonderfully varied and idiomatic - they include a poacher, a ferryman, a sewage worker and milk worker, a forester, swimmers and canoeists - and are interlinked with historic and mythic voices, drowned voices, dreaming voices and marginal notes which act as markers along the way.

Other books by Alice Oswald

A Sleepwalk on the Severn

A Sleepwalk on the Severn

Author: Alice Oswald Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/11/2018

A Sleepwalk on the Severn is a reflective, book-length poem in several registers, using dramatic dialogue. Ghostly, meditative, and characterized by Alice Oswald's signature sensitivity to nature, the poem chronicles a night on the Severn Estuary as the moonrise travels through its five stages: new moon, half moon, full moon, no moon, and moon reborn.

46 Minuten im Leben der Dammerung

46 Minuten im Leben der Dammerung

Author: Alice Oswald Format: eBook Release Date: 25/07/2018

In der Lyrik der Gegenwart ist Alice Oswalds Werk einzigartig; ein Pladoyer fur die Dimension des Horens, ein Lauschen auf die feinen lautlichen Differenzen und ein Ruckgriff auf eine Lyrik, deren lebendige Farbigkeit sie fur uns neu entdeckt: Homer steht wieder am Horizont.Alice Oswalds Gedichte entstehen aus der Stimme. Wie Homers Epen sind sie gesprochene Ereignisse. Auf ihren Lesungen tragt sie ihre Lyrik stehend und auswendig vor. Ihre Musen sind das Auge und die Erinnerung.Und trotzdem, es ist eine Lyrik der groen Bogen: In "e;Memorial"e; gedenkt sie den Fusoldaten, die bei Homer fallen - nicht den Helden gilt ihr Augenmerk, sondern den Opfern in den Fugen der Geschichte. In einem anderen Text verwandelt sie mit Homers Gleichnissen im Gepack das Erwachen des Lichts in ein Epos: "e;46 Minuten im Leben der Morgendammerung"e;."e;Ungeheuer gelungen ... Unvergesslich."e; Teju Cole"e;Jedes meiner Bucher markiert eine Grenze, uber die ich in das nachste Land weiterziehe."e; Alice Oswald

Falling Awake

Falling Awake

Author: Alice Oswald Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/07/2016

Working as before with an ear to the oral tradition, these poems attend to the organic shapes and sounds and momentum of the language as it's spoken as well as how it's thought: fresh, fluid and propulsive, but also fragmentary, repetitive. These are poems that are written to be read aloud. Orpheus and Tithonus appear at the beginning and end of this book, alive in an English landscape, stuck in the clockwork of their own speech, and the Hours - goddesses of the seasons and the natural apportioning of Time - are the presiding figures. The persistent conditions are flux and falling, and the lines are in constant motion: approaching, from daring new angles, our experience of being human, and coalescing into poems of simple, stunning beauty.

Memorial

Memorial

Author: Alice Oswald Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/10/2012

Matthew Arnold praised the Iliad for its 'nobility', as has everyone ever since -- but ancient critics praised it for its enargeia, its 'bright unbearable reality' (the word used when gods come to earth not in disguise but as themselves). To retrieve the poem's energy, Alice Oswald has stripped away its story, and her account focuses by turns on Homer's extended similes and on the brief 'biographies' of the minor war-dead, most of whom are little more than names, but each of whom lives and dies unforgettably - and unforgotten - in the copiousness of Homer's glance. 'The Iliad is an oral poem. This translation presents it as an attempt - in the aftermath of the Trojan War - to remember people's names and lives without the use of writing. I hope it will have its own coherence as a series of memories and similes laid side by side: an antiphonal account of man in his world... compatible with the spirit of oral poetry, which was never stable but always adapting itself to a new audience, as if its language, unlike written language, was still alive and kicking.' - Alice Oswald

Memorial

Memorial

Author: Alice Oswald Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2011

Matthew Arnold praised the Iliad for its 'nobility', as has everyone ever since - but ancient critics praised it for its enargeia, its 'bright unbearable reality' (the word used when gods come to earth not in disguise but as themselves). To retrieve the poem's energy, Alice Oswald has stripped away its story, and her account focuses by turns on Homer's extended similes and on the brief 'biographies' of the minor war-dead, most of whom are little more than names, but each of whom lives and dies unforgettably - and unforgotten - in the copiousness of Homer's glance. The Iliad is an oral poem. This translation presents it as an attempt - in the aftermath of the Trojan War - to remember people's names and lives without the use of writing. I hope it will have its own coherence as a series of memories and similes laid side by side: an antiphonal account of man in his world ...compatible with the spirit of oral poetry, which was never stable but always adapting itself to a new audience, as if its language, unlike written language, was still alive and kicking . (Alice Oswald).

Dart

Dart

Author: Alice Oswald Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/05/2010

Over the past three years Alice Oswald has been recording conversations with people who live and work on the River Dart in Devon. Using these records and voices as a sort of poetic census, she creates a narrative of the river, tracking its life from source to sea. The voices are wonderfully varied and idiomatic - they include a poacher, a ferryman, a sewage worker and milk worker, a forester, swimmers and canoeists - and are interlinked with historic and mythic voices: drowned voices, dreaming voices and marginal notes which act as markers along the way.

A Sleepwalk on the Severn

A Sleepwalk on the Severn

Author: Alice Oswald Format: Paperback Release Date: 30/03/2009

'This is not a play. This is a poem in several registers, set at night on the Severn Estuary. Its subject is moonrise, which happens five times in five different forms: new moon, half moon, full moon, no moon and moon reborn. Various characters, some living, some dead, all based on real people from the Severn catchment, talk towards the moment of moonrise and are changed by it. The poem, which was written for the 2009 festival of the Severn, aims to record what happens when the moon moves over us - its effect on water and its effect on voices.' Alice Oswald A Sleepwalk on the Severn is a poem for several voices, set at night on the Severn Estuary. Its subject is moonrise, which happens five times in five different forms: new moon, half moon, full moon, no moon and moon reborn. Various characters, some living, some dead - all based on real people from the Severn catchment - talk towards the moment of moonrise and are changed by it. Commissioned for the 2009 festival of the Severn, Alice Oswald's breathtakingly original new work aims to record what happens when the moon moves over the sublunary world: its effect on water and its effect on language.

Weeds and Wild Flowers

Weeds and Wild Flowers

Author: Alice Oswald Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/03/2009

Weeds and Wild Flowers is a magical meeting of the poems of Alice Oswald and the etchings of Jessica Greenman. Within its pages everyday flora take on an extraordinary life, jostling tragically at times, at times comically, for a foothold in a busying world. Stunningly visualised and skilfully animated, this imaginative collaboration beckons us toward a landscape of botanical characters, and invites us to see ourselves among them.

Dart

Dart

Author: Alice Oswald Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 02/03/2009

Over the course of three years Alice Oswald recorded conversations with people who live and work on the River Dart in Devon. Using these records and voices as a sort of poetic census, she creates in Dart a narrative of the river, tracking its life from source to sea. The voices are wonderfully varied and idiomatic - they include a poacher, a ferryman, a sewage worker and milk worker, a forester, swimmers and canoeists - and are interlinked with historic and mythic voices: drowned voices, dreaming voices and marginal notes which act as markers along the way. Read by the author.

Woods etc.

Woods etc.

Author: Alice Oswald Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2008

Woods etc. is Alice Oswald's third collection of poems, and follows the success of her widely acclaimed river-poem Dart, which was awarded the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2002. Extending the concerns of Dart and written over a period of several years, these poems combine abrupt honesty with an exuberant rhetorical confidence, at times recalling the oral and anonymous tradition with which they share such affinity.

The Thing in the Gap Stone Stile

The Thing in the Gap Stone Stile

Author: Alice Oswald Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2007

POETRY BOOK SOCIETY CHOICE The Thing in the Gap-Stone Stile, Alice Oswald's first collection of poems, announced the arrival of a distinctive new voice. Shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize, the book introduced readers to her meditative, intensely musical style, and her breath-taking gift for visionary writing. 'The poetry of Alice Oswald arrives like a zephyr . . . a fresh and exciting first collection.' Kathleen Jamie, Times Literary Supplement 'an inspired debut of lightly-worn wisdom and verbal panache.' John Fuller 'Alice Oswald throws the windows of the imagination open; she places a fingertip on the pulse of tradition, and proves it is still very much alive.' The Times

The Thunder Mutters 101 Poems for the Planet

The Thunder Mutters 101 Poems for the Planet

Author: Alice Oswald Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2006

Taking for her subject our human planet, or what Robert Lowell called 'this sweet volcanic cone', Alice Oswald has chosen 101 poems which map the border between the personal and natural worlds. Including poems by William Barnes, Robert Frost, John Clare, Gerard Manley Hopkins, W.H. Auden, Stevie Smith, Ted Hughes, Hugh MacDiarmid, John Ashbery and many others, The Thunder Mutters: 101 Poems for the Planet casts its net worldwide, historically and geographically, engaging restlessly with the many-centred energies of the natural world.

The Thunder Mutters 101 Poems for the Planet

The Thunder Mutters 101 Poems for the Planet

Author: Alice Oswald Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/03/2005

This radical anthology is concerned with what Robert Lowell called 'this sweet volcanic cone', our human planet. The book is dedicated to the rake, an age-old implement which connects the earth to our hands, and the landscape with the sky. Alice Oswald has chosen poems which lie along the line of encounter between the personal and the natural world - from work poems at one end of the scale (songs for lowering anchors, or for cutting cotton) to metamorphic poems in which, at the other extreme, the human has crossed entirely over into non-human. In between, there are any number of portraits of the intermediate state in which most of us spend our lives. Including poems by William Barnes, John Clare, Robert Frost, Gerard Manley Hopkins, W. H. Auden, Stevie Smith, Hugh MacDiarmid, John Ashbery and many others, this anthology engages restlessly with the many-centred energies of the natural world, variously reflecting Hopkins's intuition that 'million-fueled, nature's bonfire burns on'.

Dart

Dart

Author: Alice Oswald Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/07/2002

Using these records and voices as a sort of poetic census, she creates a narrative of the river, tracking its life from source to sea. The voices are wonderfully varied and idiomatic - they include a poacher, a ferryman, a sewage worker and milk worker, a forester, swimmers and canoeists - and are interlinked with historic and mythic voices, drowned voices, dreaming voices and marginal notes which act as markers along the way.

Sleepwalk on the Severn, A (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)

Sleepwalk on the Severn, A (BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Play)

Author: Alice Oswald Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

BBC Radio 4's extraordinary evocation of the experience of moonrise over the Severn Estuary, by award-winning poet Alice Oswald. Originally broadcast as the 'Afternoon Play' on 10 March 2011. Set to original music by Roger Goula, the subject of 'A Sleepwalk on the Severn' is moonrise, which happens five times in different forms: new moon, half moon, full moon, no moon and moon reborn. Various characters, some living some dead, all based on real people from the Severn catchment, talk towards the moment of moonrise and are changed by it. Performed by Ron Cook, Sam Dale, Emma Fielding, Tom Goodman-Hill, James Laurenson and Helen Longworth. Music composed by Roger Goula and performed by the Raven Quartet and Rowland Sutherland.

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