Author(s): Robert Graves
Robert Graves described poetry as his ruling passion and for him love was "the main theme and origin of true poems". He created a mythology where love, fear, fantasy and the supernatural play an essential role. Combining realism and magic, his poems are considered among the finest of the 20th century. In this volume Graves' poems appear without critical apparatus or commentary in an attempt to represent, in its purest form, the achievement of his 70 productive years.
Robert Graves was born in 1895 in Wimbledon. He published many historical novels and translations as well as his autobiography, but his principal calling was poetry. He died in 1985 in Majorca. The Times wrote of him 'He will be remembered for his achievements as a prose stylist, historical novelist and memoirist, but above all as the great paradigm of the dedictated poet, "the greatest love poet in English since Donne".'