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The Work Of The Poet Peter Redgrove Is One Of The Great Unexplored Treasures Of Late 20th Century Literature His Prolific Output Presents An Intriguing Variety Of Personae Magician, Scientist, Lover, Psychologist, Joker, Madman It Is Only Now, With The Publication Of His Collected Poems And This Biography, That We Can See How And Why These Personae Developed, And Discover The Full Depth And Range Of This Visionary Writer Born Into An Apparently Conventional Middle Class Family That Was In Reality Deeply Disturbed, The Poet Finally Emerged Transforming Himself From The Neurotic, Oedipal Young Scientist, Through A Process Of Mental Breakdown, Insulin Coma Therapy, Erotic Revelation, And The Discovery Of Poetic Companionship At Cambridge And Particularly His Friendship And Rivalry With Ted Hughes Neil Roberts Explores The Inner Story Of This Emergence, And Redgrove S Later Development Through Marriage, Family Life, The Fellowship Of The Group, Alcoholic Excess, Infidelity, And Marital Breakdown To His Triumphant Later Partnership With Penelope Shuttle We Also Discover, For The First Time, Some Darker Secrets His Fascination With Aleister Crowley, His Damaged And Damaging Relationship With His Father, And The Lifelong Sexual Fetish Which He Called The Game Drawing On The Poet S Intimate Journals And Correspondence, And Interviews With Family, Friends, And Colleagues, A Lucid Dreamer Tells The Exceptionally Inward And Revealing Story Of An Astonishing Creative Life. Having slept on it, I ve bumped this review up to 5 stars It really is outstanding. An absolutely fascinating insight into a flawed genius Exposes the limitations of The Wise Wound and simultaneously upholds its importance as an inspired attempt to recast cultural myths in the forge of personal struggle We learn that Redgrove was understandably nervous through his life about his inner obsessions being brought to the public in a way that insensitively sullied his work This biography would have allayed all his fears Sadly and inequitably history won t remember Redgrove s oeuvre in the same way that Hughes work will be remembered but this biography puts Peter Redgrove s tortured life and poetry in the context of his time A fitting memorial and interpretation of his life.