The Poems & Plays of Oliver St John Gogarty
Satirized as ‘stately Buck Mulligan’ in James Joyce’s Ulysses, Oliver St John Gogarty (1878–1957) was a leading figure in the Irish literary Renaissance, whose elegant lyric verse was greatly admired by his friend WB Yeats. This complete edition brings together his 15 volumes of poetry, together with more than 200 unpublished poems and the three plays he wrote for Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, allowing modern readers to appreciate the full range of his lively, evocative writing.
Sentenced to Life
‘My daughter’s choice, the maple tree is new./ Come autumn and its leaves will turn to flame./ What I must do/ Is live to see that.’ Happily, Clive James has also lived to write this collection of poignant, elegantly crafted verses, in which he looks back gratefully on a rich life, and confronts his own mortality with wit, irony and unflinching honesty.
A Selection of His Poems Chosen and Illustrated by Tom Pohrt
This selection of the rural poetry of John Clare (1793–1864) was chosen by the artist Tom Pohrt, for whom the poems evoked the countryside of northern Michigan. Sharpened by the encroachments of the Enclosure Act and the Industrial Revolution, Clare’s appreciation of the natural world, from oak trees to insects, is perfectly matched by Pohrt’s watercolour illustrations. Introduction by Robert Hass.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Poems Selected by James Fenton
In this volume from the Faber Nature Poets series, James Fenton presents a fine and wide-ranging selection of Coleridge’s work. He uses the texts newly edited by JCC Mays along with some from earlier editions to provide intriguing examples of shifts in the poems’ effects; among the most striking are the two versions of Kubla Khan and Dejection, and the original text of The Ancyent Marinere (1798).
Some Desperate Glory
The First World War the Poets Knew
Max Egremont presents an original and engrossing account of the First World War, told through the stories of eleven poets and through a selection of their poetry for each year of the war. Along with the famous war poets – Rupert Brooke, Robert Graves, Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, Edward Blunden, Edward Thomas and Isaac Rosenberg, the book follows the experiences of the lesser-known Charles Sorley, Julian Grenfell and Robert Nichols, and the composer Ivor Gurney.
A Collection of Epigrams and Epitaphs Serious and Comic
Originally published in 1933, this little book of witty epigrams and epitaphs by the English writer and poet Martin Armstrong (1882–1974) is illustrated with wood-engravings by Eric Ravilious (1903–1942). The subjects of the verses are 54 professionals or types, ranging from a judge to a snuff-taker and a ‘boarding-house lift man’; and each one is accompanied by its own woodcut.
The Metaphysical Poets
This collection of over 40 poems illustrates how the metaphysical poets of the 16th and 17th centuries used subtle and complex ideas and imagery to explore their themes of carnal love and religious faith. Works by John Donne, George Herbert, Andrew Marvell and twelve less well-known poets are read by actors including Nicholas Boulton and Jonathan Keeble. One CD: duration 79 mins.
British Women Poets of the Long Eighteenth Century
Demonstrating the great diversity of poetry produced during the period between 1660 and 1800, this anthology presents the full texts of 368 poems by 80 poets. The work is arranged in three broad categories: genre, covering twelve types of poetry including hymns, sonnets, satire and verse epistles; themes ranging from motherhood to war; and women's experiences as writers. The editors provide introductions, annotations and biographical notes, placing the poets within their cultural and political contexts.
Stealing Sugar from the Castle
Selected Poems, 1950 to 2013
Described by the New York Times as ‘the most recent in a line of great American transcendentalist writers’, Robert Bly (b.1926) presents a definitive selection of his work, comprising early poems, poems that first appeared in published collections, from Silence in the Snowy Fields (1962) to Talking into the Ear of a Donkey (2011), and eight new poems.
Edited, with an introduction, by the poet Michael Longley, this selection of war poetry by Robert Graves (1895–1985) includes the poems written at the Front and some, like A Letter from Wales, written in retrospect during the 1920s. The book is part of Faber's Poets of the Great War series.
Since the appearance of his first book, Arcadia (1979), Christopher Reid has become known for his restless spirit of enquiry and invention and imaginative approaches, as in Katerina Brac (1985),a book that purported to be translations of an unknown foreign poet. This selection draws on eight books of poems up to A Scattering, which was Costa Book of the Year, 2009.
Poems selected by Sean O'Brien
Part of Faber’s Poet-to-Poet series in which a contemporary poet selects and introduces a poet of the past, this volume presents 24 works by Andrew Marvell (1621–1678). The selection includes some of the finest works of Metaphysical poetry, notably An Horatian Ode upon Cromwell’s Return from Ireland, The Picture of Little TC and To His Coy Mistress.
The Journals of Susanna Moodie
Margaret Atwood's The Journals of Susanna Moodie is one of her most enduring collections of verse. Set amid the rugged Canadian landscape from pioneer days to the 20th century, it offers insights into human survival and renewal – in nature as well as in civilization. This slipcased volume is a faithful reproduction of the original, hand-printed limited edition from 1980, with Charles Pachter's atmospheric serigraphs and a new foreword by David Staines. Off-mint.
The Illustrated Book of Children's Verse
This anthology is in four parts – fable poems, animal poems, bedtime poems and poems of the natural world – and includes such famous works as Lear's 'The Owl and the Pussy-Cat', 'The Tyger' by Blake and Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Land of Counterpane', illustrated by 19th-century paintings of children and animals. The cover shows the girl and peacocks from A Moorish Garden by Frederick Leighton. Age 10+
John Betjeman Collected Poems
With his boundless energy and capacity to delight and inspire, John Betjeman (1906–1984) was the best-loved poet of the late 20th century and, in the words of Andrew Motion, 'a television celebrity before the term was invented'. The Collected Poems first appeared in 1958 and through several editions has sold over two million copies. This expanded edition, published on the poet's centenary, includes Betjeman's verse autobiography, Summoned by Bells, and a new Introduction by Andrew Motion. Exclusive hardback edition for Postscript.
The Death of King Arthur
From their stronghold in Carlisle, Arthur and his knights set out on a campaign that, after many challenges, will take them to the gates of Rome. Written around 1400, the poetic romance known as the Alliterative Morte Arthure was the inspiration for Malory's prose retelling, and has all its epic sweep. This spirited translation by the poet Simon Armitage makes a classic medieval tragedy of chivalry and carnage accessible to modern readers.
Ode to Childhood
Poetry to Celebrate the Child
Children, childhood and being a parent are celebrated in this collection of poetry ranging from Bunyan to Betjeman. The poems are arranged by ages, from infancy and the particular joys of babies and very small children, through holidays and play to schooldays – not forgetting childhood ailments in Robert Louis Stevenson's Land of Counterpane.
The American poet John Ashbery presents a new translation, with the original French en face, of the great Illuminations, Rimbaud's 'crystalline jumble' of 43 prose poems. Originally a bundle of manuscript pages handed to Verlaine, the poet's former lover, and published by him in 1887, the book appeared years after Rimbaud had abandoned literature for trading in Africa. With a preface by Ashbery.
The Word Exchange
Anglo-Saxon Poems in Translation
Giving a vivid sense of the diversity of Anglo-Saxon poetry, this anthology presents new translations by over 70 modern poets, setting the new versions alongside the Old English originals. The book contains 123 of the finest poems to have survived from the Anglo-Saxon period, arranged in sections on exile and longing, battle, living, dying and biblical stories, interspersed with seven 'riddle-hoards' and ending with a chapter of remedies and charms. Foreword by Seamus Heaney.
Tales and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe
This companion volume to Tales of Mystery and Imagination demonstrates the range of Poe's work. As well as tales of mystery and the macabre, there are darkly comic stories, parodies, fantasies and science fiction (Mesmeric Revelation), and Poe's influential verse, including The Raven and more personal poems such as Annabel Lee and For Annie.
101 Poems About Childhood
In compiling this anthology, Donaghy explains that he was 'most interested in poems about children's minds', whether observations of a child by an adult, poems about the development of language and emotion, or descriptions of events that dramatize 'the energy with which children encounter the world'. The poems are arranged chronologically, from a passage from Homer's Iliad to Kate Clanchy in the 1990s.
The Ariel Poems
This handsome gift edition republishes six poetic monologues on a Christmas theme by TS Eliot (1888–1965). The sextet, including Journey of the Magi and A Song for Simeon, are accompanied by the original artwork – illustrations by E McKnight Kauffer (famous for his posters for the London Underground) and painter and poet David Jones, plus wood engravings by Gertrude Hermes.
A Ted Hughes Bestiary
With poems from Tales from Ovid, Birthday Letters and Selected Translations as well as the more obvious collections such as The Hawk in the Rain, Lupercal and Crow, this selection of 100 works is, in the words of Alice Oswald, 'a herd of both outward and inward animals', but unlike medieval bestiaries 'there is nothing moralising about its vision'.
White Leaping Flame
Collected Poems in Gaelic with English Translations
Sorley MacLean (Somhairle MacGill-Eain, 1911–1996) is widely recognized as the most significant writer in Scots Gaelic of the 20th century, who brought this ancient poetic tradition into the modern world. This definitive edition includes everything published in MacLean's lifetime, restoring suppressed passages from his love sequence Dain do Eimhir and his political epic about the Highland clearances An Cuilithionn. The Gaelic originals are presented opposite their English translations, many by the poet himself.
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud...
And Other Poems You Half-Remember from School
Our language is full of well-worn phrases from much-loved poems, but how often can we recall the rest of the poem, or the first line, or even the poet's name? This anthology presents the complete poems that gave us such immortal lines as 'Water, water everywhere/Nor any drop to drink', 'not waving but drowning' and 'They also serve who only stand and waite'. The poems are arranged chronologically, from Chaucer to Carol Ann Duffy, and indexed by title and the famous bits.
Ode to London
Poems to Celebrate the City
Many poets, from Wordsworth and Byron to Betjeman and Motion, have celebrated – and sometimes excoriated – the sights and sounds of England's bustling capital. All the above can be found in this anthology, along with work by Auden, Blake, Donne, Eliot, Kipling and many others. Illustrated with vintage London Transport posters, the selection will entertain Londoners and visitors alike.
Collected Poems 1934-1953
Edited by Walford Davies and Ralph Maud, and first published in 1998, this collection reflects Dylan Thomas's own Collected Poems 1934–1952 – which he described as 'all, up to the present year, that I wish to preserve' – but adds two poems that Thomas was working on in the year of his death. This edition is arranged, like the earlier one, by published collections from 18 Poems (1934) to In Country Sleep (1952).
Ride a Cock Horse
And Other Nursery Rhymes
Although best remembered today as the author of the Gormenghast trilogy, Mervyn Peake (1911–1968) was also a brilliant and prolific illustrator. This collection of nursery rhymes, first published in 1940, brings his dark magic to such perennial favourites as 'Rub-a-Dub-Dub', 'Sing a Song of Sixpence' and 'Little Jack Horner'.
Poets of the Italian Diaspora
A Bilingual Anthology
In the century between 1870 and 1970, some 27 million migrants left Italy to live and work abroad, a worldwide diaspora now exceeding 60 million. This heavyweight volume is the first international selection of works by more than 70 Italian-language poets writing in countries from Australia to Venezuela. The poems are grouped geographically, with a critical overview and brief biography of each poet, and the English translations are given en face.
The Poetry of a People
Over many centuries, from Caedmon to Carol Ann Duffy, Britons have recorded their joys and sorrows, their loves and losses, in verse. In this anthology, which accompanied Radio 4's celebration of National Poetry Day in 2015, Andrew Marr tells the story of the country through the words of its poets. Alongside the work of such acclaimed writers as Chaucer, Shakespeare and Wordsworth are many lesser-known gems, offering us a glimpse of people's lives and experiences in every era. Silk marker.
William Dunbar: The Poems
This edition of the poems of William Dunbar (?1456-?1513), 'held in Scotland to be the best poet prior to the Reformation', was prepared by John Small for the Scottish Text Society, but left unfinished at his death in 1886. The volumes were edited, with notes and an extensive glossary, by the Society's editor, Walter Gregor, and a very substantial introduction, comprising the whole of volume one, by Aeneas JG Mackay. Facsimile reprint. No jackets.
A Corner of a Foreign Field
The Illustrated Poetry of the First World War
This anthology of war poetry combines the words of poets such as Wilfred Owen, Ivor Gurney and Robert Graves with around 200 newly restored photographs of the First World War drawn from the Daily Mail's archive. The poems include both those written by soldiers on the battlefield and those composed later, with the benefit of terrible hindsight; earlier works, such as The Shropshire Lad, which matched the mood of the nation at war; and poems by those left behind, the women.
Black British and Caribbean Poets Read their Own Work
Poets of the Caribbean diaspora, such as E A Markham, Grace Nichols and Benjamin Zephaniah, have contributed powerfully to the poetry scene in Britain since the latter part of the 20th century, their work often responding to the harsh realities of the immigrant experience. This 2-CD anthology collects studio recordings from the British Library archive, including previously unissued live performances by Linton Kwesi Johnson, Jean 'Binta' Breeze and Michael Smith.