David Constantine

(b. 1944)

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(1944– ),

English poet, born in Salford, fellow in German at The Queen's College, Oxford. A Brightness to Cast Shadows (1980) and Watching for Dolphins (1983) introduced a poet of rare lyric intensity. Learned but direct, Constantine offers a world lit by the supernatural, drawing freely on classical and Romantic traditions. Selected Poems appeared in 1991, followed by the epic Caspar Hauser (1994), The Pelt of Wasps (1998), Something for the Ghosts (2002), and Collected Poems (2004). Constantine has also translated the Selected Poems of Hölderlin (1996). Under the Dam (2005) is a collection of short stories.

Subjects: Literature.

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