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Poems to Last a Lifetime [Hardcover]

Daisy Goodwin
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Book Description

4 Oct 2004

A contemporary new treasury of verse for every age of life.

Use this book as a recipe book for life: turn to it when you need some advice on everything from growing up to getting old; look to it for consolation when the phone doesn't ring or for inspiration when you are trying to do the right thing; consult it for words that set the mood for weddings and funerals; keep it to hand in dealing with life's emergencies or reach for it for reassurance when you find a new wrinkle or an extra pound; or have it handy simply to read some of the finest poems in the English language.

The poems within, old and new, chart every trajectory of human experience and emotion. Start with childhood, move on through the traumas of adolescence, and arrive at the serial destinations of love, marriage, parenthood, the loss of love, ageing, bereavement, with detours into work, dieting, infidelity and bad hair days. Whatever life has to throw at you there will be words here to make sense of it. Destined to be stained with wine, tears and marmite sandwiches in years to come, these are the poems to last you a lifetime.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (4 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007177070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007177073
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 19.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 202,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for ‘101 Poems to Help You Understand Men (And Women)’:

‘This is a sometimes witty…always thought-provoking guide …a portable gathering of wise advice for every readership.’ Time Out

Praise for ‘Essential Poems for Britain’:

‘Packed with verse both witty and apposite, musing on everything from our weather to our countryside.’ Daily Mail

‘Goodwin is as influential in selecting literary goodies as Delia converting the nation to cranberries.’ Sunday Times

About the Author

Daisy Goodwin, a televisions producer and writer, is married with two children and lives in London. She is the editor of several bestselling poetry anthologies, including 101 Poems to Keep You Sane, Essential Poems to Fall in Love With and Essential Poems for Britain (and the way we live now). She writes the ‘Poem for Life’ column in You magazine and has presented the BBC2 series, Essential Poems.

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
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They say never judge a book by its cover, but I say make the exception in this case. I initially picked if for its serene and stylish appearence; thinking it would make the perfect coffee table book, but this book is made to be read over and over again. I don't usually read poetry, but this anthology is perfect to flick through on a cold day, because the words within will provide warmth and wisdom. Familiar classics such as "If" and "How do I love thee" are skillfully blended with unknown gems, that provoke thought and delight the reader. The poems are categorised by life events, eg school, work, first love, parenthood and politics; and they offer guidance and inspiration if you are unsure in a situation, they provide words when there are none or they simply help reinforce your positive emotions. My personal favourite is "You Wake Up In The Morning", which provides a helpful boost at the end of the day. This book is truly a lifetime investment; buy it, so you can grow old and dog-eared together.
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I love poetry but this book is also ideal for people who think they don't like it. Poems are arranged one to a page, so you have time to savour them, with often some background information about the poet or the reason the poem was written. I have already given two copies as presents.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must read 18 Aug 2005
This book provides a wonderful collection of poetry by various poets. There is something for everyone providing a variety of poems that focus on different experiences endured in a lifetime €"provoking many memorable emotions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars as expected 12 Jan 2014
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this big book was a present to myself.I amso glad I sent for it.Every page is a delight, condition is very good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! 2 Jan 2014
By Pollen
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Inspirational, beautifully illustrated and a perfect for dipping in and out of. It would make a wonderful gift to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poems to last a lifetime 15 Nov 2013
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Always wanted to purchase this book but had proved to expensive, bought this for 1p plus postage! Excellent condition and brilliant delivery service, would use again.
Anyone who loves poetry would like this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent choices 1 Oct 2013
By old git
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I had looked for a copy of his book for a number of years as it presents a good selection of poetry. It is currently out of print and has been for some time. It is offered second hand by a number of sources at an exorbitant and ridiculous price. This seller offered it at a very reasonable price and it was delivered in excellent condition.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars What a book!
This is my favourite poetry book. I love the little explanation of each poem which is on each page. It also has been broken into sections to suit your mood,example; love, life... Read more
Published 10 months ago by lightspace
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it if you can!
I have a collection of well over 100 books of poetry and many of the poems in this book I already have in my collection. However Daisy Goodwin's selection is so good. Read more
Published 16 months ago by N. J. Hedge
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A wonderful book ,with a poem for every situation and mood.Daisy Goodwin has put together a great balance of poems . Read more
Published 18 months ago by Annie
5.0 out of 5 stars daisy Goodwin - Poems to Last a Lifetime
I cannot understand why the publishers don't reprint this volume which is perfect for a special celebration gift like a wedding.
Published on 6 July 2011 by JW for VW
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential
This is an absolute essential. A wonderful collection of poems to see you through every trial and tribulation of life and to strengthen all those happy moments. Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2010 by Allhug
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally brilliant!
I bought this book some time ago and it has not left my bedside/bathside since. It's a wonderful collection of poetry arranged by subject matter, with mouthwatering photos and a... Read more
Published on 29 Jun 2009 by Truthful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very special book
This is a very very special book to treasure. I do not read poetry often but find that this book is very accessible. Read more
Published on 4 April 2009 by H. Blades
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