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George Orwell and his poetry

e a m harris

IMG_6289-189x300George Orwell’s poetry was recently published as a collection. Apparently this is for the first time. Given how famous he is, I wondered why. Surely after his death any unpublished work would have been extra-valuable.

The BBC interview goes some way towards explaining this. According to Dione Venables, the collection’s editor, he wasn’t a great poet and the value of much of his verse lies in what it says about him as a person, not his politics nor poetry in general.

He was a persistent poet. Like many, he discovered the joy of writing verse when very young, but unlike many, he never gave it up, which means that this collection covers a lifetime’s output.

A good deal of his poetry has been available for some time. He published a few in magazines himself, and various websites have selections. The Orwell Prize site has links to several and also to scanned…

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4 comments on “George Orwell and his poetry

  1. E A M Harris
    October 27, 2015

    Thank you so much for the re-blog.

    • bridget whelan
      October 28, 2015

      Thank you for helping me to discover something new bout the great man!

  2. Ann Perrin
    October 27, 2015

    Loved that post, went on to find out more about his poetry.x

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