In a nationwide poll to discover Britain's favourite poem, Rudyard Kipling's 'If...' was voted number one. This unique anthology brings together the results of the poll in a collection of the nation's 100 best loved poems. Among the selection are popular classics such as Tennyson's 'The Lady of Shallott' and Wordsworth's 'The Daffodils' alongside contemporary poetry such as Allan Ahlberg's 'Please Mrs Butler' and Jenny Joseph's 'Warning'. Also included is the poignant 'Do not Stand at my Grave and Weep'.
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.
From celebrating the birth of a baby through memories of childhood recalled in later life, to the joy of friendship and the delight of finding love, there are many moments of happiness to be cherished in our lives.Arranged thematically around significant stages in our lives, poets of every age find cause for celebration in a selection of 100 popular poems: Sylvia Plath marvels at her child in "You're"; Dylan Thomas on his thirtieth birthday finds his heart singing with the joy he felt as a young boy; Shakespeare, John Donne and many others celebrate the power of love; while Walt Whitman and Anne Finch find pleasure in their solitude.Including much-loved classics and humorous, poignant and evocative verse, this delightfully upbeat collection celebrates both those smaller moments of pleasure and those that mark the major stages in our lives.
Yearning, anticipation, excitement, passion fulfilled... 'The Nation's Favourite Poems of Desire' brings together 100 poems exploring the nature of love and longing. Poets throughout history have sought to express the nature of desire in all its forms - from innocent imaginings and the romance of youth, through indecision and persuasion, to satisfaction and all too frequent regret. John Donne entices a lover in 'To His Mistress Going to Bed', and Carol Anne Duffy voices the most profound longings in 'Warming Her Pearls'. Ted Hughes' Lovesong' descibes the savage intensity that can arise from passion satisfied. Desire also extends to simpler pleasures, such as Elizabeth Garrett's celebration of 'Moules a la Mariniere' or John Clare's ode to 'Sabbath Bells'.
From Shakespeare to W H Auden and Michael Rosen, poets have written moving and inspiring poems to honour and remember loved ones. While in response to war the poetry of Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen has among many others become emblematic of an age and has helped us to understand the horror of war and remember those who died. In this 10th collection in the Nation's Favourite series over 100 poems by Britain's best-love poets are brought together on the theme of remembrance to offer solace, scope for reflection and inspiration.
"This wonderful anthology contains some of the nation's all time favourite comic verse. From much-loved classics such as Lewis Carroll's curious 'Jabberwocky' to lesser known and forgotten gems such as Gelett Burgess's 'The Purple Cow', Griff Rhys Jones takes us on a poetic tour of the witty, the nonsensical and the plain laugh-out-loud funny. The selection brings together poets from every age and every walk of life, from Shakespeare to Victoria Wood and from Keats to Benjamin Zephaniah. There is Roald Dahl's cunning variation on 'Little Red Riding Hood', Spike Milligan's brilliantly ridiculous 'On the Ning Nang Nong' as well as several entries from the ever-elusive Anon, including one delightfully succint 'Peas'. Remebered, half-remembered, cherished or written on a tea towel, here are some of the nation's favourite comic poems."
From the first flush of love, through courtship and vows of eternal fidelity, to serving the writs and drowning your sorrows, 'The Nation's Favourite Love Poems' will meet all your romantic requirements. In this selection of 100 popular poems, poets of every age consider that most universal of themes: love. As well as traditional lovers' favourites such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning's 'How do I love thee?' and Shakespeare's 'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?' there are contemporary voices such as Adrian Mitchell, Wendy Cope and John Fuller, whose erudite yet salacious 'Valentine' would melt the most fridgid heart. There are even poems for those more melancholic moments, Hardy's haunting 'After a Journey', for example, and Larkin's poignant 'Love Songs in Age'. So, wherever you are in the tunnel of love, dip into this book of poetry and you will be reassured to discover that at one time or another a poet has been there before you.
From the intrepid explorers who discovered the New World to modern-day commuters, journeys have always played a fundamental part in our lives. In The Nations Favourite Poems of Journeys poets from throughout the ages explore not just the physical, but also the spiritual and emotional journeys that we undertake as we progress through life. The sadness of seeing a loved one depart on a long voyage, the wonder of seeing new lands and meeting new people the web of emotions reflected in this fascinating anthology is complex and varied. Alun Lewis describes the poignancy of lovers parting forever in Goodbye while Tennyson captures an insatiable wanderlust in Ulysses. Laurie Lee celebrates England and homecoming in Home from Abroad whereas in Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night Dylan Thomas ponders the final and ultimate journey that we make: life into death. Packed with a rich variety of wonderful poems, The Nations Favourite Poems of Journeys is sure to become a greatly treasured companion as you travel through life. The foreword is to be written by Benedict Allen
From the pleasure of escaping our daily lives and finding laughter, to musing on what makes the world go round and finding solace, poets of all ages have helped us find a way there. In 1996 BBC Bookworm held a poll to find 100 of the nation's best-loved poems. They were published in the Nation's Favourite Poems and featured classics, including Tennyson's 'The Lady of Shalott' and Wordsworth's 'The Daffodils', alongside popular contemporary poems, such as Jenny Joseph's 'Warning' and W.H Auden's 'Stop All the Clocks'. This collection continues to delight and move us with its eclectic mix of favourite poems. Yet, while it contains so many of our best-loved poems, there are a wealth of outstanding poems across the ages that we were unable to include in the collection. To celebrate the richness of poetry in our lives, BBC Books is holding another poll to find more of the nation's favourite poems. Perhaps the anthology will include Byron's poignant, 'So we'll go no more a roving', other outstanding pieces by Auden, Lawrence, Wordsworth and Shakespeare or Edwin Muir's 'The Confirmation'. The anthology will be published this autumn. In June the nation will be able to have its say.