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The Poetry of Birds Hardcover – 1 Oct 2009

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (1 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670916412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670916412
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.5 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Simon Armitage's Selected Poems appeared in 2001, and in 2007 he published a highly praised translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. He has written two volumes of memoir about living in the north for Penguin: All Points North and Gig. He lives in Huddersfield.

Tim Dee is a BBC radio producer based in Bristol. He has written The Running Sky, a memoir of his birdwatching life.


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As a birder and fan of poetry this was always going to be right up my street. There are some good works within and the birder in me appreciates the attempt to organise the poems systematically.

Agree with the other reviewer that some illustrations would be nice but I don't think their absence really detracts from the book.
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If you love birds and like poetry then this book is for you.It is high on my list of favourites and provides me with hours of pleasure.
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A superb anthology of bird poetry, arranged (mostly) by subject. There are many old friends and even more new discoveries. No bells and whistles in what is a simple production, but one to treasure for its content.
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Superb selection. Underpinned by the bird poet extraordinaire John Clare's wonderful observational work, Tim Dee and Simon Armitage choose a selection of variety and popularity to please poetry fan and ornithologist alike
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Though I agree with all the praise of this book in the other reviews, I do feel it's also a bit of a disappointment, too.

The beautifully illustrated jacket is a big draw, and the inner printed contents are pleasing and plentiful - except that a chance was missed to complete to pleasures with a few colour illustrations. There are two b/w line drawings in one poem ("Mr and Mrs Spikky Sparrow" - !) but that's it for illustrations, book-wide.

Yes, it may have cost a bit more, but for a book like this - we'd pay it, I'm sure.

So - I'll have to content myself with using my lovely colourful "bird" bookmark instead, as I enjoy the contents.

So near ... but so far.
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If you're interested in our feathered friends, this is the poetry collection for you. Read a poem a day and be inspired, a life-affirming experience for all arm-chair twitchers!
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This is a wonderful collection living up to all the reviews and blurbs but not on Kindle. Having bought it and downloaded it to my Kindle I have now bought the paperback in order to read it with ease. For some reason all the poems in the Kindle edition have been centred, which is not how they were written and make the book very difficult to read. I presume this format was chosen by the publisher, Penguin, because other poetry on Kindle is better formatted. It is not possible on Kindle to number the pages or index them to make sense, but this book needs all that.
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If you love poetry and love birds what could be better? A perfect combination and perfect present too.
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