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The Nation's Favourite: Twentieth Century Poems Kindle Edition

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In his foreword to The Nation's Favourite Twentieth Century Poems, Griff Rhys Jones writes that this book gathers together a comprehensive selection of the finest verse of the last hundred years. Indeed, this is a marvellous salute to the poetry of our times, from the dark, despairing days of war and the onset of the nuclear age, to a celebration of life land and everyday events.

Even the same subject can be seen from a quite different perspective. The end of the world may be at the heart of Yeats' "The Second Coming" and Roger McGough's "At Lunchtime", but, oh my, what a difference in approach!

This is an anthology for everyone who has ever appreciated a poem, from the connoisseur to those who may only vaguely recall a distant verse from long-forgotten studies. The collection is the result of a poll undertaken by The Bookworm in 1999 to find the nation's favourite modern poem. While there are few surprises in the nation's choice of favourite poets--Philip Larkin leads the vote with eight entries, closely followed by Sir John Betjeman with seven; Dylan Thomas with five and Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Roger McGough and WB Yeats with four apiece--the winning poem is certainly a surprise. Apparently even Jenny Joseph was taken aback by the nation¹s choice of "Warning", her wry rhyme on the freedoms of old age.

While there is some debate on the popularising of certain poems through modern media--films, advertisements, merchandising and so on--WH Auden has done particularly well from the big and small screen. "Stop All the Clocks" (fifth-favourite modern poem in the poll) was given a superlative rendering in the film Four Weddings and a Funeral, and who can have forgotten a certain rail company ad that made excellent use of "Night Mail"? If more people are brought to poetry via such means, who's to scoff?

However you have come to poetry, whether Sylvia Plath, Maya Angelou or Benjamin Zephaniah appeal more than Walter de la Mare, TS Eliot or Rudyard Kipling, you'll find much here you¹ll want to read, again and again and again. --Carey Green

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"However you have come to poetry, whether Sylvia Plath, Maya Angelou or Benjamin Zephaniah appeal more than Walter de la Mare, TS Eliot or Rudyard Kipling, you'll find much here you¹ll want to read, again and again and again." (Carey Green)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 449 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Digital; 1st. Edition edition (31 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006X0M3M4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,514 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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For any lover of poems, this is a must have collection! It has such a wide variety of some of the best poems ever written that it makes enjoyable reading no matter what your mood.

The biggest names are all there from Frost to Yeats, Kipling to Heaney, Larkin to Thomas. Some of the poems are absolutely delightful such as The Diary of a Church Mouse and Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening to the more thought provoking works like What If, Still I Rise, and Warning.

There is a poem for every occasion in here, poems that have endured the test of time and will be forever classics!

Declan Mullan.
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this book has a poem for every mood, and each one is as beautiful as the next. i picked this book up and i couldnt put it down as all off the poems are very good
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A first class selection of twentieth century poems,all the great poets are there,as well as some of those who are lesser known. I would recommend this volume to anyone relatively new to poetry because there is a good mix of the serious and lighter material,nothing to " frighten"newcomers away.
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Not surprisingly, given the title, all the old favourites are here and also a few surprises. McGough made me smile. Sylvia Plath, as usual made me cry. A must have book for poetry readers and lovers. Beautifully laid out and the kindle edition is very easy to navigate. Griff Rhys Jones' introduction is light hearted yet insightful and well worth a read. Full marks.
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A must have little anthology of well known and loved poems.

A great introduction for new readers.

A book I carry around with me because I can dip in to find words for the moment.

A great choice by the Great British public thank you!
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Perfect for late night reading just before going to sleep. Not tasking. Always something to remember and something meaningful to think about in the wee small hours. Perfect for the bedside and it would make a great gift.
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A lot of this poetry would not appeal to me, but that is just my taste. I still go and pick something. I'm sure it would be very popular.
I like Griff Rhys Jones and his additional comments.
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Got this ages ago when it was poetry week and I was all inspired to read some. Haven't looked at poetry since school. I liked it, you'll know most of them.
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