O n the grey january morning when the news reached the world that david bowie had died the poets paul farley and michael symmons roberts were on the top floor of house of fraser in bournemouth . From dylan thomass eighteen straight whiskies to sylvia plaths desperate suicide in the gas oven of her primrose hill kitchen from chattertons pre raphaelite demise to keats death warrant in a smudge of arterial blood the deaths of poets have often cast a backward shadow on their work. Death of the poet russian is an 1837 poem by mikhail lermontov written in reaction to the death of alexander pushkin pushkin was mortally wounded in a duel on january 27 1837 and died on the 29th. In deaths of the poets paul farley and michael symmons roberts travel through the deaths of poets to consider the image of the poet as a dangerous vocation where mortality seems to be the price paid for creation. Death of the poets raises a glass to the tumultuous house of dead poets those who tugged between the human and the divine pratibha rai deaths of the poets is published by jonathan cape rrp 1499
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