- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: BBC Books; 1st. Edition edition (19 Sept. 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0563387823
- ISBN-13: 978-0563387824
- Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 1.4 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Nation's Favourite Poems Paperback – 19 Sep 1996
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The Nation's Favourite Poems, reprinted many times over since it was first published by BBC Worldwide Books in 1996, is an uplifting and inspiringly varied collection of great poems.The late, lamented Auberon Waugh called it "the best popular anthology ever printed in Britain."
Poetry anthologies abound, in infinite variety. Themed volumes range in usefulness, from time to place, to subject. But aside from containing the odd classic and a few modern masterpieces, the remainder is often there because it fits the description and not necessarily because it is great poetry. How wonderful then to read a poetry anthology where every poem, without exception, is worth reading and, more importantly with poetry, worth keeping on your bookshelves to read again and again.
The book is based on the result of a poll conducted in 1995 by The Bookworm, to coincide with National Poetry Day. And an eclectic collection it is, with the heavyweights, Shakespeare, Marlowe, Marvell and Wordsworth, rubbing shoulders with their latter-day counterparts, Larkin, Hughes, Heaney and McGough. Romantics are well served with Yeats, Keats, Tennyson and Shelley. Elizabeth Barrett Browning's "How Do I Love Thee" is here, as is Christina Rossetti¹s "Remember." The Great British Public shows its lighter side, with "The Owl and the Pussycat," "Jabberwocky," "Macavity: the Mystery Cat" and children's favourite, Allan Ahlberg's "Please Mrs Butler." But it commemorates the horrors of the century too, with the war poets, Wilfred Owen and Rupert Brooke.
And the Nation's Favourite? Well, as this is no novel with a surprise ending to give away, Rudyard Kipling's "If" received twice as many votes as the runner-up, Tennyson's "The Lady of Shalott." There are 98 other poems to savour here, so if Kipling's not your style, try Stevie Smith or Jenny Joseph.
At any price, this is a must-have poetry anthology. Buy a copy for everyone you know with a birthday this year. And don't forget yourself!--Carey Green
An anthology of inspirational, poignant and funny poems, both old and new, as voted for by the British public
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They are in order of most votes so Rudyard Kiplings 'If' is number 1. Also there is a first line and author index at the back. This is really helpful because sometimes you just cant place your favourite.
This is a very well worn copy, I have read a few to my kids, and am very proud that they can recite Leisure, Tyger, Daffodils. I also brought Nation favourite love poems and poems of childhood but this is by far my favourite. The audio version is also very good and features John Nettles and is well worth considering.
I believe there is also a commentary available for the collection which has Bergerac (John Nettles) reading some of the poems. If you like this then you will probably like `The Nation's Favourite Comic Poems'.
Whether you want to stretch your mind, provoke your thoughts, or merely delight in the composition of some exquisite works of words, I'm sure you will enjoy this!
There is an index of the first lines of each poem and another with the title and the poet's name, so it is easy to find what you want. The poems are varied:- ancient, modern, popular classics, war-poems, childhood poems - something for everyone. I now have favourites that I never knew before and certainly would never had learned at school! Amongst the beautiful, tragic, wistful or dramatic poems there are some which will have you smiling.... try number 56 - "This Be the Verse", by Philip Larkin". If you want a good cry, try number 19 - "Stop All the Clocks" by W. H. Auden.
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Excellent selection and quite a few of my favourite poets and poems.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
A great anthology - all the best poems, and small enough to carry with youiPublished 20 days ago by David Howell
As a gift for my wife , who was delighted with the contents, and collected a few previously unknown. Great value.Published 1 month ago by ciwrite
Enjoying Poems very much. Struggling with I and Thou, must read it several times!, BrianPublished 2 months ago by brian