This selection from the first thirty years of Donald Davie's poetry reveals an impassioned spirit advancing from Augustan reserve towards the treacherous, rewarding risks of modernism. As a critic, Helen Vendler writes, "he has drawn a map of modernism, starting with Hardy and Pound, that remains one of the definitive outlines of twentieth-century experiment in form and language. The mapmaker, in this case," she adds, "is a notable locus on the map." His poetry is an abiding source and a resource for readers and other writers."
Born in Barnsley in 1922, Donald Davie served in the Navy and studied at Cambridge, becoming Professor of English at Essex, and later at Stanford and Vanderbilt. In 1988 he returned to England where he died in 1995. Carcanet's uniform Collected Works of Donald Davie includes "Collected Poems" (1990), "Under Briggflatts" (1989), "Slavic Excursions" (1990), "Studies in Ezra Pound" (1991), "Older Masters" (1992), "Church, Chapel, and the Unitarian Conspiracy" (1995) and "Poems and Melodramas" (1996). "Purity of Diction in English Verse" and" Articulate Energy" (one volume) are also available from Carcanet.