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.
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'.
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 Hunting of the Snark
The Bellman, with his crew of Barrister, Beaver and Butcher, Baker and Banker, sets off in search of the Snark again, but this time his strange quest is recorded in drawings by the Tove Jansson, the creator of Moomin. The pictures, originally drawn for a Swedish-language edition in 1959, breathe new life into the English text of this wonderful adventure. Slightly off-mint. Felt tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
The Finest Music
An Anthology of Early Irish Lyrics
Dating back to the seventh century, Irish verse ranges from the brief ‘Advice to Lovers’ to the epic Finn Cycle. This collection of accessible modern translations includes versions by Seamus Heaney, WH Auden, Kathleen Jamie, Paul Muldoon and Maurice Riordan, who also provides a historical introduction.
The Everyday Poet
Poems to Live By
Deborah Alma, the 'Emergency Poet', describes herself as ‘a poetry evangelist’. Her anthology aims to introduce poetry to people who wouldn’t normally read it by way of accessible poems that emerge and grow from everyday concerns. The book begins with a particularly apt theme – ‘Try to Praise the Mutilated World’ – and includes works old and new, by poets from Ben Jonson to Jo Shapcott.
Elegies on Parish Churches
‘To the agnostic as well as the devout,’ writes Kevin Gardner, ‘the need to remember what is almost forgotten has remained a powerful poetic urge.’ His anthology comprises more than 90 poems on English churches, written by post-war poets including Sir John Betjeman, Philip Larkin, Fleur Adcock and Simon Armitage, and sharing an elegiac mood inspired by the architecture of church buildings, their place in a changing landscape and their significance as sites of collective memory.
Two Centuries of Roman Poetry
Extracts From Lucretius, Catullus, Virgil, Horace, Ovid, Martial and Juvenal
This anthology, which was first published in 1964, is designed as an introduction to a cross-section of poetry, in the original Latin, from the late Republic and early Empire. It presents 36 passages, in different genres and styles, by such authors as Catullus, Virgil and Juvenal. There are short introductions to each extract, detailed notes on language and content and a full vocabulary.
The Journals of Susanna Moodie
Born in Suffolk in 1803, Susanna Moodie was already a successful creative writer when her family emigrated to Canada in 1832 and adjusting to life in the backwoods was hard. Susanna’s book Roughing It in the Bush (1852) was Margaret Atwood’s inspiration for this illustrated book, a collaboration between poet and artist. The book was originally published in a limited edition in 1980; this facsimile edition includes a memoir by the artist, Charles Pachter. Slipcased. Off-mint.
Everything to Nothing
The Poetry of the Great War, Revolution and the Transformation of Europe
In this cultural history of the First World War, the conflict and the tremendous changes it wrought are seen from the perspective of poets and writers from all over Britain and Europe, including those who wrote propaganda or embraced the new violence, as well as more familiar 'war poets'.
Ode to Childhood
Poetry to Celebrate the Child
From ‘A Medieval Schoolboy’s Complaint’ to Gillian Clarke’s ‘Catrin’, this collection of poems celebrates children, childhood and being a parent. The poems are arranged by ages, from infancy to schooldays – not forgetting childhood ailments in Robert Louis Stevenson's ‘Land of Counterpane’.
Nefertiti in the Flak Tower
Collected Verse 2008–2011
Clive James describes this collection of short poems as combining ‘American cultural information with a British range of tones’. The ‘information’ covers intriguing topics, including the fate of Nefertiti’s statue in Nazi Germany, being hospitalized for leukaemia and the Iliad Hollywood-style.
Clive James (1939-2019) was many things – critic, essayist, television presenter, travel writer – but his most enduring work is likely to be his poetry, which has delighted readers for decades. This selection, chosen by James himself, ranges over a lifetime’s work, from his early satires to late poems of valediction. Wise, witty and richly humane, these verses resonate with a love of language, which James deploys with surgical precision in the contemplation of life’s absurdities.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
An Anthology of Poems
'According to legend,' writes Hamish Whyte in his introduction, 'the Scots were the first northern people to keep cats.' Be that as it may, many Scottish poets do seem to have been much taken with cats, from Henryson and his 'Gib Hunter, Our Jolie Cat' in the 15th century to George MacBeth's 20th-century ode 'To the Flea, Combed from My Cat's Back'. With black cat illustrations by James Hutcheson.
The Illustrated Book of Shakespeare's Verse
This collection of Shakespeare's poetry on the theme of love includes sonnets and extracts from the plays and long poems and is divided into four chapters: on first love; expressions of adoration and commitment; on sorrow and yearning; and reflections on the nature of love. The poems are accompanied by art works that echo their sentiment or mood, including paintings by artists such as Alma-Tadema, Frederick Leighton and John William Waterhouse.
The Christmas Collection
With 46 tracks ranging from a medieval recipe for Christmas pastries to The Christmas Tree by Cecil Day Lewis and including pieces by Dickens, Hans Christian Andersen, John Betjeman and an entire Christmas Mummers’ Play, this anthology covers every aspect of the festive season. The pieces are read by a cast including Peter Jeffrey, John Moffat and Susan Engel. 2 CDs; playing time 2hrs 31mins.
Poetry and Film
Artistic Kinship Between Arsenii and Andrei Tarkovsky
Arsenii Tarkovsky’s first collection of poems was published in 1962; the same year, his son’s first feature film won the Golden Lion at Cannes. This collection of Arsenii’s poems, with introductory essays, explores the relation between poet and filmmaker.
Robert Mannyng of Brunne
The Chronicle by Robert Mannyng of Brunne (fl.1288–1338) is a history of the British people in English verse; Part I is a translation of the French Roman de Brut of Wace (1155); Part II is from the Anglo-French chronicle of Peter of Langtoft. This scholarly edition of the text, with introduction, notes and glossary, aims to make the work more accessible and facilitate a reappraisal of Mannyng as an important translator of Anglo-French literature. No jacket.
The River's Voice
An Anthology of Poetry
Since antiquity, rivers have given poets a rich source of metaphor and meaning, yet never before have they been under such environmental pressure. This anthology brings together more than 180 verses, from classics by Clare, Wordsworth and Tennyson to works by modern poets such as Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney and Carol Ann Duffy, celebrating the importance of rivers in our lives and imaginations.