WILLIAM BARNES, THE DORSET POET
A comprehensive selection of poetry and prose by the greatest and most popular of the English dialect poets.
‘a lyric writer of a high order of genius . . . probably the most interesting link between present and past forms of rural life that England possessed.’ Thomas Hardy
‘a peasant poetry miraculously reborn. All the sweetness and greenness of the Dorset pastures are in Barnes.’ H.J. Massingham
‘He may – and I think he did – give to English writing more than has ever been suggested or allowed.’ Geoffrey Grigson
‘I cannot enjoy one poem by Shelley and am delighted by every line of William Barnes.’ W.H. Auden
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