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.
Classic English Love Poems
From lines by the 14th-century Lincolnshire poet Robert Mannyng (1288–1338), to ‘Is My Team Ploughing?’ from AE Housman’s A Shropshire Lad (1896), this romantic anthology spans six centuries and includes, among its 87 poems, works by many of the greatest poets in English literature.
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 This complete edition brings together his 15 volumes of poetry, together with more than 200 unpublished poems and the three plays he wrote for Dublin’s Abbey Theatre, allowing modern readers to appreciate the full range of his lively, evocative writing.
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.
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+
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.
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.
The Parlement of Foulys
The finest of Chaucer's shorter works, The Parlement of Foulys is a St Valentine's Day poem in which the poet dreams of three male eagles debating questions of love as they pay court to a female hawk. The text is edited here by DS Brewer, with a substantial introduction, notes and glossary.
Stephen Spender: New Selected Journals 1939-1995
This new selection from Stephen Spender's journals reveals the private, even intimate face of the poet, but also documents his life as a public intellectual and his involvement in historical events from post-war reconstruction in Germany to the anti-Vietnam movement.