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In a dream landscape radiant with jewels, a father sees his lost daughter on the far bank of a river: 'my pearl, my girl'. One of the great treasures of the British Library, the fourteenth-century poem Pearl is a work of poetic brilliance. Its account of loss and consolation retains its force across six centuries. Jane Draycott in her new translation remakes the imaginative intensity of the original. This is, Bernard O'Donoghue says in his introduction, 'an event of great significance and excitement', an encounter between medieval tradition and an acclaimed modern poet.

Fiction & PoetryPoetryPoetry by individual poets Publisher: Carcanet Press Ltd Publication Date: 28/04/2011 ISBN-13: 9781906188016  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Jane Draycott was born in London in 1954 and studied at King's College London and Bristol University. Her pamphlet No Theatre (Smith/Doorstop) was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection 1997, and her first full collection Prince Rupert's Drop (Carcanet/OxfordPoets), was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best Collection 1999. In 2002 she was the winner of the Keats-Shelley Prize for Poetry and in 2004, the year of her second Carcanet/OxfordPoets collection, The Night Tree, she was nominated as one of the Poetry Book Society's 'Next Generation' poets. Her other books include Christina the Astonishing (with Lesley Saunders and Peter Hay, 1998) and Tideway (illustrated by Peter Hay, 2002), both from Two Rivers Press. She was previously poet in residence at Henley's River and Rowing museum. She lectures in creative writing at Oxford University and the University of Lancaster.

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