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Clive Wilmer Biography

(1945– ), Shade Mariners, The Dwelling Place, Devotions, Amores, The Infinite Variety, Of Earthly Paradise


British poet, born in Harrogate, Yorkshire, educated at King's College, Cambridge. His contribution to Shade Mariners (with Dick Davis and Robert Wells, 1970) demonstrated the highly accomplished use of conventional verse forms which has remained an essential feature of his work. His first independent collection was The Dwelling Place (1977); subsequent publications include Devotions (1982), Amores (1986), The Infinite Variety (1989), and Of Earthly Paradise (1992). A productive tension exists in his work between the rich traditionalism of his style and the disquieting urgency of his metaphysical and social concerns. He has also produced striking work in more innovative forms, notably in the central section of Devotions. He edited Thom Gunn's The Occasions of Poetry (1982) and John Ruskin's Unto This Last and Other Writings (1986). Among his translations are Miklos Radnoti's Forced March: Selected Poems (with George Gomori, 1979).

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