Don Paterson is one of the most celebrated poets writing today. Having won the T.S. Eliot and Costa Poetry Prizes twice, and with all three Forward Prizes under his belt, he is undoubtedly a master of the craft. Alongside his poetry collections he has published various works of criticism and aphorism, and has performed extensively with bands and musical ensembles, as well as teaching at the University of St Andrews.
The Poem: Lyric, Sign, Metre is a monumental study of how poems work. With a triple focus on music, rhythm, and meaning, Paterson turns his expert eye to the origins of poetry, to the effects it has on our brains, and to the conditions that underlie the art, from Anon to McNish and from Marlowe to Yeats. It is an ars poetica that is stunningly thorough, and thoroughly stunning, for readers and writers alike.