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The Poetry of Harold Monro book cover.  Author Michael Cullup Early twentieth-century English poetry has become something of a critical backwater, with the term ‘Georgian’ rarely used as anything other than a term of disparagement. Tru­e, a few poets from that period – Edward Thomas and Robert Graves spring to mind – are still read with pleasure, but the work of most of their Georgian contemporaries is largely forgotten, apart from a handful of hardy perennial anthology pieces.

Michael Cullup finds the current neglect of Harold Monro’s poems a particularly grave and galling literary injustice, as he amply demonstrates in this critical appraisal and­ selection of his best poems. In these poems, Monro eschews the easy sentimentality long-associated with the period, striving towards greater realism and psychological truth.

Whether as a poet, editor of Poetry Review and Poetry and Drama or through his Poetry Bookshop in Bloomsbury, Monro acted as a sensitive mediator between the Georgians and the Modernists. Much of his work was highly respected by both T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound.

The Poetry of Harold Monro is an important milestone in the ­revaluation of this unjustly neglected poet.­

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Understanding Grammar by Michael Cullup UNDERSTANDING GRAMMAR ­

Understanding Grammar is for everyone who wants to know more about English grammar.

It tells you how grammar actually works and demystifies technical terms.

This book is suitable for students at GCSE level and above, and will support teachers too.

There are helpful exercises designed to measure your levels of understanding and progress as you go through the book.

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Michael Cullup spent many years as a teacher of English, both in England and overseas. He studied English Language and Literature at University College London and Birkbeck College London, and he studied linguistics as part of a postgraduate course at the University of Leeds. After overseas teaching posts with the Ministry of Overseas Development and the British Council in Kenya, Saudi Arabia, and Thailand, he returned to England to work for the Bell School of Languages in Norwich.­­

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Matelock book cover by author Michael Cullup MATELOT

­Michael Cullup’s long poem Matelot vividly recaptures the experiences of those who saw service aboard ship in the Royal Navy. Centring on the experiences of an Engineer Mechanic, Matelot describes life as it was then – the coarse language, the fights, the drunkenness, and, above all, the sterling comradeship.
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Often forgotten in the popular imagination, the National Serviceman still has his tale to tell. Drawing inspiration from the realistic example of poets such as Alan Ross, Roy Fuller, Donald Davie and Charles Causley (all of whom had all served in the Navy) Cullup’s flexible, freer verse style brings back to life the voices of that past as they tell their intertwining and compelling stories.

It is, now, a time long gone, never to return. Matelot gives the reader some idea of what it was like to be part of it all – in its miseries, in its
excitements and pleasures.

And in all its anarchic glory, too.

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Book Cover - W.H Davies Man and Poet An Assessment by Michael Cullup W.H. DAVIES: MAN AND POET - A REASSESSMENT

­Even though he was once one of Britain’s most popular writers, the reputation of the poet and memoirist W.H. Davies has, in recent decades, gone into decline.

Davies’s colourful early life as a hobo and a tramp – captured by his most famous work The Autobiography of a Super Tramp – and his apparently ‘innocent’ poems about nature, tales about the seamier sides of life, his experiences on the road and verse portraits of those characters he met there – has led to the Welsh poet being placed under the cosy heading ‘Georgian’.

It has been a tag which does serious disservice to the tone, nature and ambition of Davies’s lyrics.

As poet and critic Michael Cullup shows in this brief but insightful exploration of the entirety of Davies’s output – the memoirs, the short stories as well as the poems – there was a more complex personality than the one suggested by his public persona. True, he was a figure at home with the Georgian literary world – Edward Thomas and Hilaire Belloc were close friends – yet he was also capable of impressing more avant-garde talents like Ezra Pound and Jacob Epstein.

In this bracing reappraisal Cullup judiciously undermines preconceived notions of Davies the writer to reveal a poetic imagination richer, more insightful, more thoughtful than that for which he is generally given credit. Included in this critical biography is a generous and illustrative selection of Davies’s verse.

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Book Cover - The Poetry of Robert Graves by Michael Cullup THE POETRY OF ROBERT GRAVES Published by Greenwich Exchange. 2012

Robert Graves (1895-1985) was a contemporary of Siegfried Sassoon, Wilfred Owen, and Edmund Blunden. He was an officer, as they were, inthe 1914-1918 War, but never regarded himself as a 'War' poet­. He did write about his experiences of the War in Goodbye to All That, and hewas an admirer of Thomas Hardy, whom he knew personally.

Graves’ abandonment of his wife and family and his departure for Mallorca with the American poet Laura Riding in 1929, heralded adramatic change in his attitude to poetry. Under Riding’s influence, he began to write the clean, sharp, disciplined but often complex lyrics which are far removed from the style of his Georgian contemporaries. He became, in the 1930s, a‘modern’ poet. But he was never a ‘modern’ in the sense that T.S.Eliot, for example, was, and he represents a different tradition. Graves is, like Philip Larkin, an accessible poet. But he was always an individualist, and his views on poetry and poets are challenging and unconventional. Two books (‘The Crowning Privilege’, a prose work published by Penguin in 1959; and the ‘Collected Poems 1975’, his own final selection from his poems) represent the essential Graves, and this essay introduces the reader to the poet they reflect: a poet of ­exemplary courage, honesty, and poetic integrity.

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Book Cover - A Change of Season by Michael Cullup A CHANGE OF SEASO­N­ Published by Greenwich Exchange. 2010
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The collection is selected mainly from poems written since the publication of ROAD INTO AUTUMN (Fen Press. 2000).­

Copies can be obtained by contacting Peter Randall, Greenwich Exchange, 8 Balmoral Close, Billericay, Essex, CM11 2LL (01277-627471),
em­ail: greenex01@globalnet.co.uk

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Book Cover - The Big Fight by Michael Cullup THE BIG FIGHT Published by Heinemann. 1993

A School Reader, mainly for African schools and for students of African or Caribbean origin. However, the book can be read by any student who is learning English and ready to enjoy material which is entertaining and not too difficult. The book has a sizable market in the UK and outside Africa.

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