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How to Defeat the Philistines
Death and literary theory occupy David Beach in his fifth sonnet collection. It shows him at his most accessible and also his most uncompromising. For Beach if being modern means anything it means a stripping away and his sonnets are minus details such as rhyme, metre, poetical tone and humanistic self-styling. What they retain, and emphasise, is what makes sonnets the chess of poetry – that space to make an argument, crash ideas together, which their fourteen lines so perfectly afford.
There’s an idea that the first sonnets, in early thirteent-century Sicily, helped to create the way of thinking which led to the Renaissance. Why shouldn’t sonnets find a path today?
Design, typesetting and print production for How to Defeat the Philistines. By author David Beach