Poems designed to produce a deep sense of trust into which the reader can gratefully sink, knowing they are in the presence of a master whose polymathic  learning and technical virtuosity are worn more lightly than ever. There is a breath-taking range of themes, from a Hollywood Iliad to moving elegies; a meditation on the later Yeats and odes to rare orchids, wartime typewriters and sharks Рand a poem on the fate of Queen Nefertiti in Nazi Germany.