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Fiona Sampson: Rough Music


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“Rough Music” is an old English custom of public scapegoating. In this book of disturbing musical echoes, brilliant renewals of carol, charm, folksong and ballad explore violence, loss and belonging.

Fiona Sampson is the award-winning author of many books, including A Century of Poetry ReviewCommon Prayer, which was short-listed for the T. S. Eliot Prize in 2007, and Writing Poetry: The Expert Guide.

“a very fine poet indeed” – Adam Thorpe in The Guardian

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Synopsis: Sourcing folk songs, ballads, and medieval carols, the poems in this collection explore the points where poetry and music meet and result in a crude dissonance derived from Anglo-Saxon and Romanian traditions. Exploring a range of personal material informed by the deep, medieval iconography of common prayer, by the diction of medieval carol as well as metaphysics, poetry, and madrigal sounds, this innovative volume touches on themes of women’s identities, grief, loss, shame, loneliness, ill health, and surviving in the aftermath of violence. (Text from Google Books)

Author: Fiona Sampson
Title: Rough Music
Publisher: Carcanet
ISBN: 9781847770455
Original Publication Date: 2010
This Edition Published: 2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 62


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