Tony Harrison: Poems



  • The Loiners (1970)
  • From the School of Eloquence and Other Poems (1981)
  • Continuous (50 Sonnets from the School of Eloquence and Other Poems) (1981)
  • A Kumquat for John Keats (1981)
  • V (1985)
  • Dramatic Verse,1973–85 (1985)
  • Square Rounds (1992)
  • The Gaze of the Gorgon (1992)
  • Black Daisies for the Bride (1993)
  • The Shadow of Hiroshima and Other Film/Poems (1995)
  • Laureate's Block and Other Occasional Poems (2000)
  • Under the Clock (2005)
  • Selected Poems (2006)
  • Collected Poems (2007)
  • Collected Film Poetry (2007)


  • Earthworks (1964)
  • Newcastle is Peru (1969)
  • Bow Down (1977)
  • Looking up (1979)
  • The Fire Gap (1985)
  • Anno Forty Two: Seven New Poems (1987)
  • Ten Sonnets from The school of Eloquence (1987)
  • A cold Coming (1991)
  • A Maybe Day in Kazakhstan (1994)

Film and television

  • The Blue Bird: lyrics for George Cukor film. (1976).
  • Arctic Paradise: verse commentary for film in series The World About Us, producer: Andree Molyneux for BBC Two. (1981).
  • The Oresteia: translation for National Theatre production with music by Harrison Birtwistle, filmed for Channel Four television. (October 1983).
  • The Big H: musical drama, producer: Andree Molyneux, for BBC Two, (December 1984).
  • The Mysteries: adaption of medieval English mystery plays for the National Theatre, produced by Bill Bryden and Derek Bailey, filmed for Channel Four television. December 1985, January 1986).
  • Loving Memory four poem-films, producer Peter Symes for BBC Two.
    • Letters in Rock: (July 1987)
    • Mimmo Perrella Non è Piu: (July 1987)
    • Muffled Bells: (July 1987)
    • Cheating the Void: (August 1987)
  • v.: poem filmed for television, producer Richard Eyre for Channel Four. (1987).
  • The Blasphemers' Banquet: poem-film producer Peter Symes for BBC One. (1989).
  • The Gaze of the Gorgon: poem-film for television. (1992) which examines the politics of conflict in the 20th century using the Gorgon as a metaphor. The imaginary narration of the film is done through the mouth of Jewish poet Heinrich Heine. Located in Corfu the film describes the connection between the Corfu Gorgon at the Artemis Temple of Corfu and Kaiser Wilhelm II.[12][13]
  • Prometheus: television film, also directed by the author. (1998).

Theatre and opera

  • Aikin Mata: adaption of Aristophanes's Lysistrata for performance in Nigeria (March 1964).
  • The Misanthrope version of Molière's Le Misanthrope for the National Theatre played at the Old Vic (20 February 1973).
  • Phaedra Britannica version of Racine's Phèdre for the National Theatre played at the Old Vic (3 September 1975).
  • Bow Down (with Harrison Birtwistle) at the National Theatre (4 July 1977).[14]
  • Yan Tan Tethera (1986), the libretto for Harrison Birtwistle's opera.[15]
  • The Labourers of Herakles a 1995 play.
  • The Prince's Play, a translation and adaptation of Victor Hugo's Le Roi s'amuse, for the National Theatre, London, 1996, subsequently published by Faber and Faber.[16]
  • Fram (play) at the Royal National Theatre (10 April 2008).
  • The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus a 1990 hit play.

About Tony Harrison and his poetry

  • Astley, Neil, ed. (1991). Tony Harrison. Bloodaxe Critical Anthologies 1. Newcastle upon Tyne: Bloodaxe Books. ISBN 1-85224-079-2. 
  • Byrne, Sandie, ed. (1997). Tony Harrison: Loiner. Oxford: Clarendon Press. ISBN 0-1981-8430-1. 
  • Rutter, Carol (1995). Permanently Bard. Newcastle upon Tyne: Bloodaxe Books. ISBN 1-85224-262-0. 
  • Sheehan, Sean. The poetry of Tony Harrison. Focus On. London: Greenwich Exchange. ISBN 978-1-906075-15-6. 
  • Spencer, Luke (1994). The Poetry of Tony Harrison. Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf. ISBN 0-7450-1588-3. 

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