Sunday, February 20, 2011

Ten of the best fictional poets

For the Guardian, John Mullan named ten of the best fictional poets.

One entry on the list:
Randolph Henry Ash

AS Byatt's Possession tells the story of two 19th-century poets: the imperious Ash and the elusively sexy Christabel LaMotte. Byatt also provides the poetry written by her two poet lovers. To Ash she gives imitations of Browning (with a stir of William Morris); to LaMotte she lends the cadences of Emily Dickinson with the imagery of Christina Rossetti.
Read about the rest of the list.

Possession also appears on John Mullan's lists of ten of the best locks of hair in fiction, ten of the best graveyard scenes in fiction, and ten of the best lawyers in literature, and on Christina Koning's top six romances critic's chart and Elizabeth Kostova's top ten list of books for winter nights.

--Marshal Zeringue