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The Nation's Favourite: Twentieth Century Poems [Kindle Edition]

Griff Rhys Jones
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This lovely book of poetry brings together over 100 of the most celebrated and cherished poems of the 20th century. Including poets as diverse as John Betjeman and Ted Hughes, Siegfried Sassoon and Allan Ahlberg, and subjects from all avenues of life - war, family life, love, death, religion, the countryside, animals and comedy - the whole breadth of the nation's life during the 20th century is encapsulated here. Compiled and edited by Griff Rhys Jones as part of the successful The Nations Favourite Poems series, this book brings together the wealth of new and innovative poetry styles that flourished in the 20th Century.


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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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 9 Nov. 2006
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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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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars poems for any aspect 5 Dec. 2000
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for anyone with a love of poetry 7 May 2014
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fabulous collection of favourites 29 July 2012
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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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2.0 out of 5 stars Poetry from England 22 Jan. 2015
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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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy the Kindle version 15 Mar. 2013
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The Kindle version is good as you can search the content, which is very handy when you can remember only a snippet. It is the nature of books of poetry books that you dip into them rather than cover to cover, so being portable is ideal.
Of course there are omissions you will think should be in there, but it would be an enormous book if it catered for everyone's esoteric tastes, which is why it has the word Favourite in the title. However, I'm sure there is more than a few people out there that think that if John Cooper-Clarke had more exposure he would be among the Favoured.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 Dec. 2014
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Very good anthology of 20th poems. Much enjoyed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I already love the book 4 Jan. 2015
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bought as a gift. I already love the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My sister has enjoyed these poems.
Published 3 months ago by M. Reddy
2.0 out of 5 stars better to have included W B Yeats
I bought this to take to a Care Home, but unfortunately it does not contain enough of well known poems which will stimulate
some of the residents to search their childhood... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Marnie
2.0 out of 5 stars What? -a poem?? -you must be joking.
Jenny Joseph is certainly not the only one to be taken aback at the English nation voting her lines come in first. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sven Jahnsen
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Very disappointed the format and index of the book makes it difficult to locate specific poems
Published 5 months ago by TPC
3.0 out of 5 stars The downloaded version is not nearly as good as the printed version...
The downloaded version is not nearly as good as the printed version with a whole load of additional material added which is not up to the standard and focus of the printed book and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by gerard mccloskey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It gives mr daily pleasude
Published 7 months ago by Bill Murphy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book
Published 9 months ago by gamuchirayi c mahere
3.0 out of 5 stars Modern poetry
I was disappointed with this book and was about half way through before I found poetry that I really enjoyed. Read more
Published 10 months ago by PeterT
5.0 out of 5 stars Good anthology.
I bought this to add to the other "Nation's Favourites" that I have. It is a good selection and I enjoy dipping into it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Denben
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