I’ve loved reading poetry for 40 years now and this book is such a wonderful addition to my bookshelves. Its a beautiful naked hardback with as you can see the prettiest of covers and some beautiful teal blue end papers. Its perfect for picking up whenever you need a little lift or a laugh or the perfect words to say something.
It contains such a fascinting mix of poetry spanning hundreds of years from Shakespeare to the present day and is split into sections like; love, war, lost love, poems remembered from childhood etc.
In here there are so many favourites of mine that i first read years ago along with poems and poets i’ve never before encountered, so reading it was such a joy and a journey of discovery for me.
A Subaltern’s Love Song by John Betjeman
The Soldier by Rupert Brooke
High Flight by John Gillespie Magee
Sonnets from the Portuguese: XLIII by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and
Loveliest of trees, the cherry now by A. E Housman
are ones very familiar to me whereas
I wanna be Yours by John Cooper Clarke
Hour by Carol Anne Duffy
Just in Case by Charlotte Mitchell
Outgrown by Penelope Shuttle and
Dis Poetry by Benjamin Zephaniah
are all brand new and wonderful to discover.
You can see here just how many poems i tabbed for quick reading in the future
I was approached by the editor of this wonderful compendium, Ana Sampson who asked if I would like a copy to review. I couldnt have shouted YES Please! any louder. I may have a towering TBR most of the time but I can always find time for a poem.
Thank you to Ana and Michael O Mara Books for this total delight. It was published yesterday so rush out and buy copies for everyone as a Christmas pressie.