Falling Awake: Book summary and reviews of Falling Awake by Alice Oswald

Falling Awake

Poems

by Alice Oswald

Falling Awake by Alice Oswald
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2016
    96 pages
    Genre: Poetry

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Winner of the 2017 Costa Poetry Award

"Vivid ... further proof of her bold engagement with poetry's narrative possibilities." - Teju Cole

Alice Oswald's award-winning and highly acclaimed volume Memorial ("wryly ingenious," said the New York Times Book Review) portrays fallen soldiers from Homer's Iliad. Falling Awake expands on that imagery?defining life as a slowly falling weight, where beings fight against their inevitable end. Oswald reimagines classical figures such as Orpheus and Tithonus alive in an English landscape together with shadows, flies, villagers, dew, crickets?all characterized in tension between the weight of death and their own willpower.

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Alice Oswald has been awarded the Eric Gregory Award, an Arts Foundation Award for Poetry, the Forward Prize, the Ted Hughes Award, and the T.S. Eliot Prize. She lives in Devon, England.

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