The Descent Into The Cave And Other Poems.
Oxford University Press.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 5.5 x 8 inches. viii + 109 pp. Bound in original black cloth, gilt, spine with contrasting green title label, gilt, in patterned dust wrapper with sunned spine. Minor wear to extremities and a little spotting to fly leaves and fore edge; otherwise a very good copy. The author's fifth poetry collection, several of the poems had previously appeared in periodicals. The titular poem, The Descent into the Cave, dedicated to Members of the Bristol University Spelaeological Society, was broadcast by the BBC Third Programme in 1954, 55 and 56. The author notes :'These poems have been composed for the human voice, and are meant to be read aloud.' James Kirkup (1918-2009), poet, translator and travel writer, born in South Shields, was a wartime conscientious objector, working for the Forestry Commission. He published his first collection of verse in 1947 and lived in Japan until 1995, lecturing in English Literature.
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