Poetry Archive -- James Fenton is one of the numerous
poets featured on this fantastic website. Visit
Fenton's special Poetry Archive webpage and listen to recordings
of him reading the poems 'Wind', 'Blood and Lead', 'Jerusalem', and
'In Paris with You'. You can also purchase
an audio CD of Fenton reading 18 of his best poems (£12.99)
From the website: The Poetry Archive
exists to help make poetry accessible, relevant and enjoyable to
a wide audience. It came into being as a result of a meeting, in
a recording studio, between Andrew Motion, soon after he became
U.K. Poet Laureate in 1999, and the recording producer, Richard
Carrington. They agreed about how enjoyable and illuminating it
is to hear poets reading their work and about how regrettable it
was that, even in the recent past, many important poets had not
been properly recorded.
September 1996) -- The publishing house Farrar Straus Giroux celebrated
its 50th birthday with an evening of readings by eleven poets at New
York's Town Hall. Visit
the New York Times website to listen to the poem (3 mins).
'The Milkfish Gatherers' (The film's director Jay Anania states: "In the late 80's I visited James on a small island just off a town called Infanta on the east coast of Luzon in the Philippines. This is where he had come across the milkfish gatherers.")
edits The New Faber Book of Love Poems
"James Fenton's The New Faber Book of Love Poems
radically alters the mix of old standards: for instance, the selection
of Kipling's love poems is sheer genius."--
Craig Raine (The Guardian)
The new edition celebrates love poetry originating
in the English language, from Wyatt to the present day. It includes
blues lyrics, American folk poetry, Elizabethan lyrics, Broadway songs,
and a full range of poetic styles from the aristocratic to the popular.
Eminently readable and engaging, The New Faber Book of Love Poems
presents some of the most emotive and memorable lyric poems produced
in the English language from the Renaissance to the present day.
James Fenton's 'Introduction' in full.
an interview with James Fenton from The Independent.
Lavinia Greenlaw. 'Fenton
on Love.' Times Literary Supplement, 22 November 2006.
Fenton's Selected Poems
is the first full selection of his poems to be published, and represents
the whole range of his work from light-verse to political and love
poems to opera libretti. It includes early work from The Memory
of War and Children in Exile as well as later work from
Out of Danger, which won the Whitbread Poetry Prize in 1994.
Also represented are examples of his work in verse for the stage and
recent unpublished poems.
Penguin, 2006 / 224 pages
Farrar Straus Giroux / 192 pages
or www.fsgbooks.com for more
information or to order.
Row (BBC Radio 4) -- 13 June 2002
James Fenton discusses the state of British
poetry with Front Row. Visit
the Radio 4 website to listen to the conversation (9mins).
James Fenton's Poetry Masterclass
Over a period of several months, The Guardian
ran excerpts from James Fenton's An Introduction to English Poetry.
the articles on The Guardian website.
Articles & Essays
(Selected / In Progress ...)
'Of the Martian School.' New Statesman (20
October 1978): 520.
'The Manifesto against Manifestoes.' Poetry Review
73.3 (September 1983): 12-16.
'Yellow Tulips.' New York
Review of Books 52.13 (11 August 2005): 9 [Poem].
and Lives.' The Guardian (10 September 2005) [Biography
and the clergyman poet George Crabbe].
Poke in the Eye with a Poem."The Guardian (21 October
2006) [Review of Horse Latitudes by Paul Muldoon].
Voice of His Own.' The Guardian (3 February 2007): 4 [Fenton
on W. H. Auden].
'The Betrayal and the Brilliance.' The Guardian
(22 February 2007): 7 [Fenton on W. H. Auden].
Bishop's Christian Sin', The Times Literary Supplement
(11 April 2007) [Bishop's 'The Unbeliever' & its source in Bunyan].
Need to Complete', The Guardian, 17 November 2007 [Fenton
on need for a complete edition of the works of TS Eliot].
the Songs of Love', The Guardian, 15 December 2007 [Fenton
on Spanish ballads].
Up Hazlitt', New York Review of Books 56.11 (2 July 2009)
[Rev. of William Hazlitt: The First Modern Man, by Duncan Wu;
New Writings of William Hazlitt, edited by Duncan Wu; and Hazlitt
in Love: A Fatal Attachment, by Jon Cook]. Note: Full text access
limited to subscribers or purchasers of the article.
Hounding of a Nobel Poet Has Shamed Oxford.' The Evening Standard
(15 May 2009) [Fenton on Derek Walcott].
(Selected / In Progress ...)
Gitzen, Julian. 'A Tour of the Pitts-Rivers Museum.'
Helix 17 (1984): 104-09 [The Memory of War].
Spender, Stephen. 'Politics and a Poet.' New Republic
190.20 (14 May 1984): 31 (3 pgs.) [Children in Exile: Poems 1968-1984].