The Loving Game: Poems by Vernon Scannell soon to be presented for sale on the brilliant BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Robson Books, 1975, Hardback in dust wrapper.
From the cover: Vernon Scannells latest collection of poems shows all the qualities that have distinguished his previous work readability, wit, and a muted lyricism but they also show a greater technical resourcefulness and originality, an originality that might go unnoticed by readers who are impressed by the more bizarre experiments of the self-conscious avant-garde.
Scannells poems in The Loving Game are all firmly rooted in recognisable human experience and they deal with the permanent themes of English poetry love, in many of its sometimes strange manifestations, mortality, and art; but this volume is not simply the mixture as before. In certain poems, such as Wicket Maiden, Enemy Agents, and Our Pale Daughters, he has devised a most effective form of rhyme which is entirely his own and which he calls triadic rhyme, and elsewhere he shows more rhythmic inventiveness and verbal dexterity than ever before. However, The Loving Game will appeal not only to the serious student of contemporary poetry but to any reader who can respond to writing which is about the pathos and comedy of living and loving and executed with unobtrusive but masterly skill.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. Offset to the blanks. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise.
Red boards with Gilt titling to the Upper Board. 47 pages. 8¾” x 5½”.
Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I draw your attention to more books in my Poetry catalogue?