Published: 28/11/2016
ISBN: 9781785899973
eISBN: 9781785897320
Format: Paperback/eBook

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Muted Serenades
The Collected Poems
by Frank Dillon

“Like a rocket in the sky,
your love will die,
and you will say goodbye.”

Muted Serenades is a collection of poetry that frequently alludes to the works of the greats. Covering a broad range of themes, Frank Dillon refers to poets such as Charles Baudelaire, T.S. Eliot and Dylan Thomas and musicians including The Beatles, Elvis and Bob Dylan throughout his collection.

The four-volume assemblage begins with ‘Driving At Twilight’, a collection set in a narrow space, between light and dark, both physically and spiritually. Frank’s second-volume, ‘Tea Garden Summer’, takes a different approach as it covers subjects ranging from youth, memory, love and loss.

The next volume, ‘English Gothic’, deals with macabre themes such as death, murder and doomed lovers. Finally, in ‘Mercy Sighed’, the author pays homage to his home city and showcases many of Liverpool’s many charms, recalling also the privations of wartime Liverpool, drawing upon themes of family life, community and tenacity.

This varied collection has something for everybody and will therefore appeal to a wide range of poetry lovers. In particular, readers with a local interest in Liverpool, as well as those living in or born in Liverpool will enjoy the book.

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I was intrigued by the cover and more so by the catchy title. This poetry book sent me on an adventure where the many styles and structures of free verse poems were refreshing. Moreover, the themes were quite varied. Poets, authors, lovers, wars, and songs were beautifully evoked. I found the poems quite relate-able, which made me enjoy reading it even more. Sometimes I played a Beatles song to accompany my reading of certain poems. Other times, I read aloud some verses. There were some interesting themes mentioned in here such as patriotism, grief, love, despair, hope, war, nostalgia, and melancholia. I would definitely seek other books by Frank Dillon, for this was quite enjoyable.

by Hoda


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