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The Not Dead #2020

The Not Dead The Not Dead is a short collection of poems originally aired on a Channel documentary film of the same name shown in the winter of They are featured here alongside an introduction from Armitag

  • Title: The Not Dead
  • Author: Simon Armitage
  • ISBN: 9781904590187
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Not Dead By Simon Armitage, The Not Dead is a short collection of poems originally aired on a Channel 4 documentary film of the same name, shown in the winter of 2007 They are featured here alongside an introduction from Armitage and press reviews of the film, which is due for re screening at the South Bank, London, in November 2008.

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    1. There are only nine poems in this book bit slim, I thought, as I collected it from the doorstep By about halfway through the second poem The Black Swans I was thinking God help me get through these They re wrenchingly powerful works, made all the so by the fact that they are adapted from the testimonies of real soldiers still suffering from the inner hell of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Simon Armitage has always had a genius for capturing the poetry of the vernacular, and here as elsewhere he [...]

    2. My girlfriend bought this for me for xmas last year I read it in about 25 minutes Then I read it again Then I made several members of my family not poetry fans read it It is phenomenal The collection is constructed from interviews with PTSD suffering ex soldiers from various conflicts including the Falklands and the Gulf War The language is unpretentious, and infinitely powerful for it By using the soldiers own tongue, Armitage deftly avoids the trap of sanitising their accounts for the purpose [...]

    3. A book is not simply some pieces of paper bound together for the convenience of entrapping words on as few slices of parchment as possible, it is a work of art, the content elevates the form, true, but the form also elevates the content, and this content is well elevated by this form, and it s better for it, would it be better if it had in it, if it had pages or if the poems were printed on both sides, no, and on to the content, just fantastic, personal tragedy is woven into sharp gritty diamo [...]

    4. I have been a fan of The Manhunt by Simon Armitage for many years, a genuinely moving, thought provoking poem with layers of emotion I hadn t realised it was from this anthology, but when preparing for a new Poetry Scheme of Work at school this kept popping up.I can t recommend it enough You will read it and read it again and read it again I m really hoping, with the added visuals of some of the poems being spoken by the soldiers themselves on YouTube my lower ability boys will really be able to [...]

    5. A really strong collection of modern day war poems, with an introduction by the poet It s very interesting to see how Armitage reacts to the already existing body of war poetry, especially that of the First World War Society s attitude towards soldiers has changed, thus severely affecting their experiences after coming back Brittannia deceives them, as it is put in a number of these verses Very powerful and gripping.

    6. Like so much modern poetry, it s a mix BUT the two last poems in the sequence of nine, were just great These are harrowing and one if left shaken.

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