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The stairwell

The stairwell

Longley, Michael, 1939- author

In 'The Stairwell', his tenth collection, Michael Longley's themes and forms reach a new intensity. The second part of the book is a powerful sequence of elegies for his twin brother, Peter, and the dominant mood elsewhere is elegiac

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Cape Poetry, 2014

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Statement of responsibility: Michael Longley
ISBN: 0224101684, 9780224101684
Physical Description: 69 pages ; 20 cm
Subject: Literature.; Elegiac poetry, English.

Author note

Michael Longley was born in Belfast in 1939 and educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and Trinity College Dublin where he read Classics. He has published nine collections of poetry includingGorse Fires(1991) which won the Whitbread Poetry Award, andThe Weather in Japan(2000) which won the Hawthornden Prize, the T. S. Eliot Prize and theIrish TimesPoetry Prize. HisCollected Poemswas published in 2006. In 2001 he received the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, and in 2003 the Wilfred Owen Award. He was awarded a CBE in 2010. He was Ireland Professor of Poetry, 2007-2010. He and his wife, the critic Edna Longley, live and work in Belfast.


"It is.the warmth in Longley's writing that marks his poems out, makes them cherishable. Never forced, that affection is simply there."
Observer||"Longley's 10th collection weaves his classical themes of war, family and flaura and fauna into measured songs of commemoration for those he has loved."
Sunday Times||"A book of tiny, delicately lyrical commemorations and commendations."
Tablet||"The a stupendous collection of quiet beauty and universal significance."
Daily Mail||"The book I have loved best, and have gone back to again and again."
Evening Standard