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James Reeves Biography

(1909–78), The Natural Need, The Imprisoned Sea, The Talking Skull, Poems and Paraphrases, Collected Poems

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British poet, born in London, educated at Jesus College, Oxford. From 1932 to 1952 he taught English in a number of schools and teachers' training colleges, subsequently becoming a freelance author and editor. His first collection of poems, The Natural Need, was published in 1936 by the Seizin Press, run by Robert Graves and Laura Riding, whose work Reeves's early poetry sometimes resembles. Numerous further volumes include The Imprisoned Sea (1949), The Talking Skull (1958), and Poems and Paraphrases (1972); Collected Poems of 1974 is the fullest edition of his verse. His best work characteristically combines intensity of mood with an understated manner to distinctive and sometimes haunting lyrical effect. The rural descriptiveness of his less distinguished poetry is elsewhere the vehicle for an ironic pastoralism voicing his disaffection with urban modernity. His popular books of poetry for children were collected as The Wandering Moon and Other Poems (1973). As an editor, Reeves was prolific, producing many anthologies of prose and poetry, as well as selections from the work of Donne, Hopkins, Clare, and others.

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5 months ago

Hi My name is Melanie and I'm wondering if you could tell me why James Reeves write the poem 'The Sea.' for school work. Thanks Melanie

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over 7 years ago

He wasn't educated in Jesus College, Oxford, but in Jesus College, Cambridge.

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over 2 years ago

Hi again, can you please answer some more questions??????? Firstly is there any imagery in The Sea?? Next does this poem have regular rhythm???????? Thanks again, Emma

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over 2 years ago

Hi My name is Emma and I'm wondering if you could tell me why James Reeves write the poem 'The Sea.' for school work. Thanks Emma

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over 2 years ago

when did he die

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4 months ago

fuuck

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4 months ago

Super

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4 months ago

He is super