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Novelish poets and poetic novelists
I just posted this query on FB, but on reflection maybe this is a better place....

Good/important poets who were or are also good/important (though not necessarily prolific) novelists? My small-hours list was a very short one for the adult canon: Sir Walter Scott, Emily Bronte, Thomas Hardy, D. H. Lawrence, Sylvia Plath, Philip Larkin at a pinch.

Within children's literature one could add RLS, Walter de la Mare, John Masefield, C. Day Lewis, A. A. Milne, Ted Hughes.

I'm sure I've missed out many obvious names. Whom can we add to both lists? (No peeking at reference books or Google-goggling, mind!)

ETA: Suggestions I feel foolish for not putting in the original list: Kipling, Graves, Wilde, Peake, HD, Bryer.

Oh, and Sir Philip Sidney, if Arcadia counts as a novel.

Rudyard Kipling springs immediately to mind.

I should certainly have thought of him! A few others have also been suggested on FB by now, but the other one I kicked myself hard over was Robert Graves. I comfort myself that this is a small-hours list, made while a cat was stamping on my face - for ever.

(no subject) - sovay, 2014-08-01 08:02 am (UTC)(Expand)
(no subject) - cmcmck, 2014-08-01 11:43 am (UTC)(Expand)
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(no subject) - cmcmck, 2014-08-01 01:48 pm (UTC)(Expand)
Ok he is a playwright but i would include Bertolt brecht.

I wonder if he did write any novels? I've not come across any, but I wouldn't have, necessarily.

(no subject) - sheenaghpugh, 2014-08-01 11:15 am (UTC)(Expand)
Siegfried Sassoon?

Oddly I did think of him, but I've never read Memoirs of a Fox-hunting Man and wasn't sure if it was a novel or a memoir, or something in between.

(no subject) - kalypso_v, 2014-08-01 12:58 pm (UTC)(Expand)
Stevie Smith. Novel on Yellow Paper is pretty good.

G.K. Chesterton.

I'd list de la Mare as an adult novelist. He can't have intended Memoirs of a Midget for kids. Or can he?

Dr Johnson: Rasselas and Vanity of Human Wishes

Oliver Goldsmith: Vicar of Wakefield and the Deserted Village. (Goldsmith- like Wilde- achieved the triple and wrote important plays too.

All great additions - thank you! (Also someone mentioned Swift on FB - I clearly blanked the eighteenth century.)

De la Mare did write at least one important children's novel - The Three Royal Monkeys.

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(no subject) - steepholm, 2014-08-01 11:05 pm (UTC)(Expand)
Roald Dahl, if Revolting Rhymes etc can count. Though possibly that doesn't count as good/important poetry.

Jack Kerouac. William S Burroughs also wrote poetry but I did not rate it as much as his novels.

Alice Walker.

I think Dahl counts: his poetry wasn't amazing, but it's certainly well loved.

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How on earth did I forget GMB!?

(no subject) - steepholm, 2014-08-01 12:26 pm (UTC)(Expand)
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(no subject) - steepholm, 2014-08-01 11:06 pm (UTC)(Expand)
Lewis Carroll is my first thought.

I'm trying to remember whether I've seen any poetry by Carroll that was published separately from his fiction. Not that that necessarily matters! Some of those poems are undoubtedly classics in their own right.

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(no subject) - steepholm, 2014-08-01 04:44 pm (UTC)(Expand)
Jane Yolen.



Melville. James Merrill. Lovecraft. Meredith. Denis Johnson.

I didn't realize Melville wrote poetry! Meredith I should certainly have thought of.

(no subject) - aryky, 2014-08-03 06:49 am (UTC)(Expand)
(no subject) - steepholm, 2014-08-03 07:26 am (UTC)(Expand)
Is this English only? I'm surprised not to have run into Rilke and Goethe.

In English: Edgar Allen Poe, Samuel Beckett, Djuna Barnes, Weldon Kees, Chinua Achebe, Jean Toomer, Thomas Disch. And David Jones if he counts.

And if Sidney counts, surely Robert Burton does too, and maybe even Coleridge.

No, it's not English only. Rilke and Goethe have shown up at my FB (as has Disch) - but not Poe or Djuna Barnes, both of whom I should certainly have thought of: thank you. I hadn't realized Beckett or Achebe were poets, or that David Jones was a novelist. Kees and Toomer I'm afraid I've not come across except as names.

I don't think either Burton or Coleridge wrote novels, though Burton was certainly an important prose writer. (Having slogged my way through Biographia Literaria as an undergraduate I'm not convinced the same can be said for STC.)

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(no subject) - steepholm, 2014-08-01 07:53 pm (UTC)(Expand)
If Sidney counts, I'd throw in Mary Wroth and Margaret Cavendish, too!

Yes, why not?

Did Mary Shelley write poetry, I wonder?

Edna O'Brien, maybe?

Oh! Margaret Atwood, of course!

Atwood has been mentioned at FB, but not O'Brien. Again, I didn't realise she was a poet.