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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (17 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571225837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571225835
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'A must for anyone who likes poetry.' Melvyn Bragg, Sunday Times"

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The Rattle Bag, containing the favourite poems of Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes, is a well-loved poetry anthology essential for the student and the expert alike.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Lewsey on 22 Nov. 2006
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This anthology - along with my S-Level English teacher - first introduced me to poetry. I would recommend it to anyone interested in poetry or the history of poetry or anyone looking to introduce someone to poetry. The selection is a wise one, for most of the poems are short and therefore digestible and accessible (particularly to children). The scope of the selection also covers several centuries for those with an interest in how poetry has evolved and encompasses many poems from the non-English-speaking world (all translated into English). The sheer number of poems ensure a multiplicity of styles and in this respect it is particularly good for dipping into.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DixieAl on 16 Jan. 2012
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Bought this book for our book club monthly. Not in the habit of purchasing poetry books nor anthologies, especially for a communal read. This collection is a delight to dip into, however, with poets familiar and unknown (to me), including some of my beloved Robert Frost and Walt Whitman. I'm a Kindler so don't buy 'real' books much any more, but to hold a book like this makes me realise that Kindle could never match it. You have to be able to flip from one page to another quickly, just for the delight of browsing. Kindle would never permit that freedom.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Oct. 1999
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I was nervous when I saw the two famous poets who edited this selection, as I don't like either of them much. But the content seldom fails to impress... I can't count the poems I first encountered here which I now rank among my favourites. Good poetry is among the best value you can get in books, and this anthology is the best I have ever seen. The ordering of poems by title produces some odd juxtapositions but that only adds to the interest for me. Buy it, and also Scanning the Century by Peter Forbes. Supposedly for children (!) but no adult poetry fan will be disappointed....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anton Frisby on 26 Jun. 2013
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The Rattle Bag is a must have for any poetry lover, it has works for every emotion, from the darkness of Dante to the simple brilliance of Sylvia Plath's You're at the end! I only deny it full marks for missing a bit of Kipling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ioannes on 20 Mar. 2012
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If you looking for a good poetry anthology you cannot go wrong we this one. It's a good selection of poets organised with the poems in Alphabetical order,which is a little unusual. You therefore get poems by Emily Dickinson next a poem by Ogden Nash. It's one of my favourite anthologies and I use it all the time in study of poetry and getting inspiration.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Forbes on 18 Oct. 2009
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There were few poetry anthologies published in the 20th century better than this one. Compiled by such distinguished poets and covering such a huge range of places, people and ideas. Far too many highlights to pick out much - and you will find your own - but for my money the ballad of Dangerous Dan McGrew has to be one of them. When a dull moment strikes, have it nearby, if you dip in it will reward you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Kingsmill on 30 Jan. 2011
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I think that this is a fantastic book - could it be made available on Kindle????
Does anyone agree???
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Piggott on 2 July 2014
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If you aren't really 'into' Poetry - this is a very good place to start. Just open it and read a few lines at random. Then do it again another day. You WILL find something that makes sense to you.
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