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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for beginner and poetry aficionado alike, 18 Mar. 2003
This review is from: The Rattle Bag (Hardcover)
... This is one of my favourite poetry anthologies. It contains a remarkably varied collection of poems covering both traditional forms and free verse, but all have obviously been carefully chosen for their accessibility. This could have resulted in a poetic 'pudding' - a mass of middle-of-the-road verse with nothing to challenge or delight the more experienced reader - but the editors, Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes (and who could be better qualified for the job?) have skilfully avoided this pitfall. The result is a both a wonderful introduction to poetry for beginners, and a treasure chest for established lovers of poetry. My copy is constantly out on loan, and has introduced several sceptics to the pleasures of poetry reading and writing.
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Initial post: 22 Apr 2008 12:25:14 BDT
I think the critic meant to give it more than one star...

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Aug 2009 15:56:36 BDT
I've had my copy of the 1st edition of Rattle Bag since I was 17, and I still dip into it. What a delight!
Ted and Seamus were a brilliant team - making the world of poetry more accessible - and I wish they had done more together. It's still a terrific book.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Dec 2009 12:16:34 GMT
S. Willans says:
You're right, Dr Bateman, I meant to give it five stars. I'm not sure what happened there, and I can't find a way to put it right!

Posted on 21 May 2011 20:03:16 BDT
D. Hore says:
So really it's got an average of five stars!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jun 2011 15:41:49 BDT
A.Sturgess says:
It's easy to edit your star ratings or comments if you make mistakes .... click on your own name and opt to see all your reviews. That lets you see them AND have the option to edit them .... including the star rating. I've done this several times to either amend or add comments.

Posted on 3 Sep 2013 06:03:18 BDT
Anne Ashton says:
then why the one star?

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jun 2014 13:38:43 BDT
A Reader says:
Did you not read the comments above?
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