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.
Edited and translated by Roger Clarke, this collection of love poetry by Alexander Pushkin (1799–1837) contains 113 poems, arranged as far as possible to follow the major periods of the poet’s life chronologically, and selected to cover the whole spectrum of love’s expression, from youthful dreams of love to later, heartfelt works of deepest feeling.
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.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The Great Poets
Beginning with Kubla Khan and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (both read by Michael Sheen), this collection presents six of Coleridge’s best-loved works. The other poems are Love, Frost at Midnight, This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison and, weaving its Gothic spell, Christabel, which is read by John Moffatt and Sara Woodward. 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 slip-cased 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.
Collected Longer Poems
First published in 1968, this companion volume to Collected Shorter Poems was compiled by Auden and brings together six of his longer poetic works, published originally between 1930 and 1947: Paid on Both Sides, Letter to Lord Byron, New Year Letter, For the Time Being, The Sea and the Mirror and The Age of Anxiety.
The Man in the Moone
or A Discourse of a Voyage Thither
First published in 1638, Francis Godwin's fanciful tale pre-dates Jules Verne by more than two centuries. It tells of a Spanish sailor who flies to the moon in a craft powered by birds. There, he finds 'a kind of people most strange,' ruled by a great king called Irdonozur. A modern introduction considers the scientific knowledge available to Godwin, who was Bishop of Hereford, and his prescient understanding of gravity.
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.
In Flanders Fields
And Other Poems of the First World War
Selected from the work of soldiers who died in action - starting with Rupert Brooke in 1915 and ending with Wilfred Owen, killed just seven days before the Armistice, this 'procession of voices silenced by the war' captures both the realities of life at the front, as in Isaac Rosenberg's Louse Hunting, and thoughts about death such as John McCrae's In Flanders Fields. The anthology is illustrated with contemporary paintings and finely bound in gold-embossed covers. Slip-cased.
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.
Dorothy Wordsworth's Christmas Birthday
It is 24 December 1799, and Dorothy Wordsworth stands rapt at her gate, looking out onto the frozen landscape of the Lake District. Christmas Day is also her birthday, and a merry celebration is about to begin in the Wordsworths' cottage. This beautiful little book, with striking illustrations by Tom Duxbury, reflects the magic of Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy's enchanting narrative poem.
100 Danish Poems
From the Medieval Period to the Present Day
Denmark's long, rich tradition of lyric poetry is little known in the English-speaking world - a situation this anthology will help to redress. Arranged in chronological order, it showcases the vigour and variety of Danish verse, from anonymous medieval balladeers through 17th-century devotional writers like Leonora Christina Ulfeldt to modern poets such as Pia Juul. The 100 Danish texts are printed opposite John Irons's crisp English translations, while a substantial introduction places the works in their historical and literary context.
This selection of Kipling's poetry includes such famous works as If -, Recessional, Mandalay and the Just So verses, but as Dr Lizzy Welby writes in her introduction, 'you will also find the Kipling who might just, until now, have lain hidden from you'. This edition is from the Collector's Library series which presents some of the greatest works of literature, complete and unabridged, each with either a short introduction or an afterword by a literary scholar. The pocket-sized hardbacks are bound in maroon linen, with gilt-edged pages and silk markers.
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'.
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.