The Collected Poems of Samuel Beckett

The Collected Poems of Samuel Beckett

A Critical Edition

Book - 2014
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Samuel Beckett began his career by publishing poems in literary reviews in Paris during the 1930s, and--although primarily considered a playwright and novelist--he continued writing poetry throughout his life. This new, definitive volume presents Beckett's poetry in the order it was composed, from prewar to postwar, and contains previously unpublished and never-before- reprinted work. Along with his translations of Apollinaire, Mallarmé, Rimbaud, and many others, this book also brings together all of the pieces from Collected Poems in English and French, selections from Mexican Poetry: An Anthology (translated by Beckett), and poems that appeared in his novels and plays. Extensive critical notes by editors Seán Lawlor and John Pilling detail the circumstances of their composition, explaining obscure allusions and references (frequently sourced to Beckett's notebooks) and identifying resonances across his oeuvre.
A complete edition of Beckett's poetry and verse translations.
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [2014]
Copyright Date: 2012
ISBN: 9780802123084
Characteristics: xx, 499 pages ; 24 cm


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Jun 23, 2018

These poems are a window into the young Samuel Beckett, who wandered the streets of Paris with aching feet - because he admired James Joyce so much, he actually wore the same shoes as Joyce, in the same size. He was taller than Joyce, and his feet were made for larger shoes. He may have outgrown these poems in his later plays and novels, but reading them added to my appreciation for this literary master.

Mar 14, 2016

About ninety percent of the poems are as if they were written by a mopey fifteen year old pot-head. The best parts are the translations, especially one from De Guevera, and Beckett's own last poems ('tither' and 'what is the word'), which are very similar to some by Zukofsky.


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