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Robertson, Robin 1955-

Works: 31 works in 158 publications in 5 languages and 3,326 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Tragedies (Drama)  Poetry  Anecdotes  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Mythological plays  Noir poetry  Novels in verse  Records and correspondence  Illustrated works 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Other, Contributor, Performer
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Robin Robertson
The deleted world : [poems] by Tomas Tranströmer( Book )

13 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and Swedish and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Tomas Tranströmer--the recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature--can be clearly recognized not just as Sweden's most important poet, but as a writer of international stature whose work speaks to us now with undiminished clarity and resonance. Long celebrated as a master of the arresting, suggestive image, Tranströmer is a poet of the liminal: his verse is drawn again and again to thresholds of light and of water, the boundaries between man and nature, wakefulness and dream. The poems collected in The Deleted World span the breadth of Transtromer's career and provide a perfect introduction to the work of one of the world's greatest living poets."--Cover
Medea by Euripides( Book )

14 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 443 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Medea has been betrayed. Her husband, Jason, has left her for a younger woman. He has forgotten all the promises he made and is even prepared to abandon their two sons. But Medea is not a woman to accept such disrespect passively. Strongwilled and fiercely intelligent, she turns her formidable energies to working out the greatest, and most horrifying, revenge possible." "Euripides' devastating tragedy is shockingly modern in the sharp psychological exploration of the characters and the gripping interactions between them. Award-winning poet Robin Robertson has captured both the vitality of Euripides' drama and the beauty of his phrasing, reinvigorating this masterpiece for the twenty-first century."--Jacket
Swithering by Robin Robertson( Book )

14 editions published between 2006 and 2018 in English and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To "swither" means to suffer indecision or doubt, but there is no faltering in these poems; any uncertainty is not in the lines or the sounds or the images, but only in the themes of flux and change and transformation that thread their way through this powerful third collection. Robin Robertson has written a book of remarkable cohesion and range that calls on his knowledge of folklore and myth to fuse the old ways with the new. From raw, exposed poems about the end of childhood to erotically charged lyrics about the end of desire, from a brilliant retelling of the metamorphosis and death of Actaeon to the final freeing of the waters in "Holding Proteus," these are close examinations of nature--of the bright epiphanies of passion and loss. At times sombre, at times exultant, Robertson's poems are always firmly rooted in the world we see, the life we experience: original, precise, and startlingly clear."--Publisher's website
Mortification : writer's stories of their public shame( Book )

13 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and Russian and held by 350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Humiliation is not unique to writers. However, the world of letters does seem to offer a near-perfect micro-climate for embarrassment and shame. Here are over 80 stories about the writer's audience, the fellow readers, the organiser, the venue, the hospitality, or the often-interminable journey there and back
The wrecking light by Robin Robertson( Book )

15 editions published between 2010 and 2018 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robin Robertson's fourth collection is an intense, moving, bleakly lyrical, and at times shocking book. These poems are written with the authority of classical myth, yet sound utterly contemporary. The poet's gaze-whether on the natural world or the details of his own life- is unflinching and clear, its utter seriousness leavened by a wry, dry, and disarming humor. Alongside fine translations from Neruda and Montale and dynamic retellings of stories from Ovid, the poems here pitch the power and wonder of nature against the frailty and failure of the human. This is a book of considerable grandeur and sweep that confirms Robertson as one of the most arresting and powerful poets at work today
A painted field by Robin Robertson( Book )

16 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in English and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elegant and profound, A PAINTED FIELD is the first volume of poetry by one of Scotland's most gifted young writers. In these 42 poems, Robin Robertson demonstrates an astonishing range of styles and concerns, in a voice that is utterly original, whether he is rendering a dramatic new version of OVID, extolling the simple pleasure of eating an oyster, or scorning a British soldier's presence on Irish soil
Sailing the forest : selected poems by Robin Robertson( Book )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A selection of poems spanning the career of a poet of the uncanny Filled with haunting and visionary poems, Sailing the Forest is a selection of the finest work from an essential voice in contemporary poetry. Robin Robertson's deceptively spare and mythically charged work is beautifully brutal, ancient and immediate, and capable of instilling menace and awe into our everyday landscape. These are poems drawn in shadow, tinged with salt and blood, that disarm the reader with their precise language and dreamlike illuminations. Robertson's unique world is a place of forked storms where "Rain. is silence turned up high" and we can see "the hay marry the fire / and the fire walk." Through five extraordinary collections, Robertson has captured the intangible, illusory world in razor-sharp language. "The genius of this Scots poet is for finding the sensually charged moment--in a raked northern seascape, in a sexual or gustatory encounter--and depicting it in language that is simultaneously spare and ample, and reminiscent of early Heaney or Hughes" (The New Yorker). Sailing the Forest reveals a wild-hearted poet at the height of his talents"--
Slow air by Robin Robertson( Book )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 229 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Bacchae by Euripides( Book )

11 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This stunning translation by award-winning poet, Robin Robertson, reinvigorates Euripides' masterpiece. Updated for contemporary readers, Robertson brings the ancient verse to fervid, brutal life, revealing a work of art as devastating and relevant today as it was in the fifth century BC
Hill of doors by Robin Robertson( Book )

4 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charged with strangeness and beauty, 'Hill of Doors' is a haunted and haunting book, where each successive poem seems a shape conjured from the shadows, and where the uncanny is made physically present. The collection sees the return of some familiar members of the Robertson company, including Strindberg - heading, as usual, towards calamity - and the shape-shifter Dionysus. Four loose retellings of stories of the Greek god form pillars for the book, alongside four short Ovid versions
The long take; or, a way to lose more slowly by Robin Robertson( Book )

11 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Walker, a young Canadian recently demobilised after war and his active service in the Normandy landings and subsequent European operations. Suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, and unable to face a return to his family home in rural Nova Scotia, he goes in search of freedom, change, anonymity and repair. We follow Walker through a sequence of poems as he moves through post-war American cities of New York, Los Angles and San Francisco
Love poet, carpenter : Michael Longley at seventy( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hontes : confessions impudiques mises en scène par les auteurs( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in French and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Am Robbenkap Gedichte by Robin Robertson( Book )

2 editions published in 2013 in German and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hirta songs by Alasdair Roberts( Recording )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Signal international broadside series( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Künstlerpech! die peinlichsten Erlebnisse von Margaret Atwood, Roddy Doyle, Michael Ondaatje u.v.a( Book )

1 edition published in 2005 in German and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robin Robertson, Michael Hofmann, Michael Longley( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in Undetermined and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fiasco! : des écrivains en scène( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in French and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wedding the locksmith's daughter by Robin Robertson( Book )

1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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MedeaSwitheringMortification : writer's stories of their public shameThe wrecking lightA painted fieldSlow airLove poet, carpenter : Michael Longley at seventyRobin Robertson, Michael Hofmann, Michael Longley
Alternative Names
Robin Robertson britischer Poet

Robin Robertson British poet

Robin Robertson Britse dichter

Robin Robertson poeta británico

English (133)

German (3)

French (3)

Swedish (2)

Russian (1)