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    Featuring 'a visionary genius', 'the greatest poet since Shakespeare' and some of the best poetry from the Bard himself, this three-book collection offers up some of the best poetry from William Blake, W. B. Yeats and William Shakespeare.

    Shakespeare's sonnets were haunting, lyrical and often breathtakingly beautiful, and the anthology featured here showcases everything from his most famed work - 'Shall I compare three to a summer's day' - to his lesser-known poems that deserve more exposure. With an introduction from Germaine Greer, this is a must-have for anyone who appreciates one of the masters of the English language.

    Selected and introduced by Patti Smith, the eccentric William Blake is another genius who specialised in powerful and symbolic poetry, while the extensive W. B. Yeats collection reflects the turmoil, fervour, traditions and revolutions around the turn of the 20th century.

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    Plan your way through 2015 with the best poems from the Faber poetry list!

    Originally founded in the 1920s and shaped by the taste and influence of T. S. Eliot, poets included in the list include John Betjeman, Dylan Thomas, Ted Hughes, John Keats, Philip Larkin, Sylvia Plath and W. B. Yeats.

    This week-to-view diary includes a brilliant poem or illustration for every week of the twelve months ahead, meaning you'll be able to enjoy a poem while planning and organising your year!
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    Poems That Make Grown Men Cry (Hardback)

    Anthony Holden

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    A poignant anthology, Poems That Make Grown Men Cry: 100 Men on the Words That Move Them finds the likes of John le Carre, Jonathan Franzen, Daniel Radcliffe and Stephen Fry revealing the poems that left a huge emotional mark on them.

    Many other famous figures from the world of literature, film, science, architecture, theatre and human rights also recall the powerful poems that have moved them to tears and haunted them with their themes of love, loss, mortality and nature.

    A private insight into the lives and souls of men whose writing, acting and thinking are globally admired, this is a book that will appeal to fans of poetry and those who want to find out more about what words can touch the emotions of a man.
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    Echo's Bones (Hardback)

    Samuel Beckett

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    After a wait of 80 years, Echo's Bones, Samuel Beckett's intended end-piece to his debut collection of short stories, More Pricks than Kicks, is published for the first time.

    Originally requested - and subsequently rejected - by his editor, it continues the story of Belacqua, the protagonist of More Pricks than Kicks' ninth story Yellow, as he enters the afterlife. Covering themes of science, philosophy, religion and literature, the text offers a darkly humorous take on human nature.

    A gothic fairy tale that shows the development of Beckett as a writer, this hardback edition belongs on the bookshelf of anyone who wants to find out more about the evolution of Samuel Beckett's writing.
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    Poetry Of Birds (Hardback)

    Simon Armitage and Tim Dee

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    Combining the knowledge of leading poet Simon Armitage and amateur ornithologist Tim Dee, The Poetry of Birds is a beautifully presented anthology that includes some of the best known and most loved bird poems of both past and present. Some overlooked gems are also included in this pretty hardback, along with detailed ornithological notes which offer fascinating information on the birds, while illuminating these entertaining and beguiling poems.

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    The World's Favourite Love Poems (Hardback)

    Suheil Bushrui

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    This charming collection of love poems, compiled by renowned literature professor Suheil Bushrui, makes a wonderful anthology of some of the best-loved verses ever written. Taken from around the globe, this unusually varied collection contains nearly 200 poems from some of the world's most famous writers. From the indigenous peoples of Africa and Australasia to the foremost writers in history including Shakespeare and Dante, this beautiful hardback makes a delightful gift and is perfect for any lover of poetry or simply for someone special.
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    Shakespeare's Sonnets (Hardback)

    William Shakespeare

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    A splendid collector?s edition of some of the finest works of poetry ever penned, Shakespeare Sonnets includes that immortal question: ?Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?? amongst other oft-quoted lines. Perfect for reading William Shakespeare?s poetry for pleasure rather than study, this beautiful hardback edition houses fascinating literature that deals with themes such as love, beauty and the effects of time ? making this collection just as significant now as it was in the Elizabethan era.

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    Ode to London - Poems to Celebrate the City (Hardback)

    Jane McMorland Hunter

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    Edited by Jane McMorland Hunter, Ode to London is a wonderful book full of epic poems that celebrates England's capital city and its vast and majestic presence.

    An anthology of poetry that explores life in England's bustling capital city, there are ditties about pie, mash and jellied eels featured alongside much-loved work from poets such as John Betjeman, TS Eliot and John Donne. The book is beautifully illustrated with scenes of London life and the poems featured celebrate every aspect of the city, from the Houses of Parliament and the Blitz spirit, through to red double-decker buses and the infamous rainy summers.

    A perfect gift for any proud Londoner or anyone who has fallen in love with this magnificent city.
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    Jubilee Lines - A Poetry Anthology (Hardback)

    Carol Ann Duffy

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    To mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy brings together a dazzling array of contemporary poets to write about each of the sixty years of Her Majesty's reign in Jubilee Lines. Established poets such as Simon Armitage, Gillian Clarke and Wendy Cope all contribute, alongside some of the newest young talent around, and every poem addresses a moment or event from their chosen year - be it of personal or political significance or both. This brilliant hardback offers a unique portrayal of the country and times during the Queen's reign. An unforgettable commemoration.

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    20th Century in Poetry (Hardback)

    Simon Rae

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    A must for poetry lovers and anyone with an interest in world history, this anthology is a richly rewarding collection of poems covering the all the major events of the 20th century. Brought together by authors Simon Rae and Michael Hulse, this collection features Thomas Hardy, John Masefield, Carol Ann Duffy, Jeffrey Harrison, A.E. Houseman and T.S. Elliot.

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    The Classic Faber Poetry Collection contains five books that see some of today's finest contemporary poets choose a wonderful selection of poetry. Each book offers 101 poems and all have been carefully selected and themed. Wendy Cope has chosen the poems that amused her the most, Christopher Reid has selected poems that illustrate the function of sound in poetry, Don Paterson concentrates on sonnets while Simon Armitage demonstrates how short poems can be packed with passion and wisdom and Ted Hughes offers a selection of his personal favourites for the reader to remember.

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    Ode to the Countryside (Hardback)

    Samuel Carr

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    A beautiful and inspirational collection of poetry brought together by Samuel Carr, Ode to the Countryside muses contentedly on the simple joys of rural life and the spectacular landscape and nature that surrounds us. Featuring an interesting array of poets, from the classic and world renowned wordsmiths such as Chaucer and Shakespeare through to modern poets who offer a unique contemporary reflection on the great British outdoors, this anthology includes beautifully nostalgic illustrations of Britain’s farmland and wild places.

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    Classic Poems for Mothers (Hardback)

    Max Morris

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    Compiled by Max Morris, Classic Poems for Mothers is an exquisitely illustrated anthology that contains inspiring and moving poetry for mothers from much-loved writers including the likes of Anne Bradstreet, William Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson and Rudyard Kipling. Many poets have been inspired by their mothers, and this collection brings together the joy, sorrow, loyalty and love they feel towards them.

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    The Penguin Book Of English Short Stories (Paperback)

    Christopher Dolley

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    The Penguin Book of English Short Stories is a fascinating book that celebrates the period between the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth century when the English short story began to grow hugely in popularity. The book contains short stories from some of the most widely-known writers of the time, and although many are generally known for their novels, their shorter fiction is just as inspiring. Every story contained in this glorious book is concise, evocative, subtle and satisfying!
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    Including 24 short tales written by Scottish men and women from Robin Jenkins to Muriel Spark, The Penguin Book of Scottish Short Stories represents the past and present of the country right through from the times of Roman Britain. Including powerful and moving insights into the spirit of the Scottish people and some truly beautiful writing, this is a must for anyone with an interest in Scottish heritage and excellent storytelling.
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    PIRS

    The Penguin Book Of Irish Short Stories (Paperback)

    Benedict Kiely

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    The Penguin Book of Irish Short Stories from Benedict Kiely is a collection of thirty-eight short stories that cover many generations and moods of Irish writing. The mercurial, intoxicating, witty and sometimes sad stories range from Lady Gregory's moving retelling of an ancient love story through to the extraordinary and prolific reads of William Trevor. This is a must-read for any fan of Irish fiction.
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    The Penguin Book Of Welsh Short Stories (Paperback)

    Alun Richards

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    Including 24 short tales written by Welsh men and women from Dylan Thomas to Moira Dearnley, The Penguin Book of Welsh Short Stories represents the past and present of the country from the valleys to the city streets. Including powerful and moving insights into the nature of the Welsh people and some truly beautiful writing, this is a must for anyone with an interest in the beautiful country.
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    Distinguished Leaves (Hardback)

    Elizabeth Darcy Jones

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    A wonderfully quaint and quintessentially British book, Distinguished Leaves: Poems for Tea-Lovers from Elizabeth Darcy Jones describes 37 different teas as characters, revelling in their unique flavours and personalities. An exquisite and unusual little hardback, this light and refreshingly uplifting collection of verse includes descriptions of different tea types and hints for using loose leaf tea alongside the charm and wit of the author.

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    ODES

    Ode to the Sea (Hardback)

    Howard Watson

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    Complete with verses from the likes of RL Stevenson and Rudyard Kipling, Ode to the Sea is a collection of poems celebrating the British coastline and life above and below the deep blue sea. This National Trust book contains beautiful illustrations of idlyllic days at sea, haunted shipwrecks and tempestuous storms. Edited by Howard Watson and featuring a foreword by Oliver Garnett, explore life along the shore and discover the mystical world beneath the waves.

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    The Language Wars (Paperback)

    Henry Hitchings

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    The English language is a battlefield. Since the age of Shakespeare, arguments over correct usage have been acrimonious, and those involved have always really been contesting values - to do with morality, politics and class. THE LANGUAGE WARS examines the present state of the conflict, its history and its future. Above all, it uses the past as a way of illuminating the present. Moving chronologically, the book explores the most persistent issues to do with English and unpacks the history of 'proper' usage. Where did these ideas spring from? Which of today's bugbears and annoyances are actually venerable? Who has been on the front line in the language wars? THE LANGUAGE WARS examines grammar rules, regional accents, swearing, spelling, dictionaries, political correctness, and the role of electronic media in reshaping language. It also takes a look at such niggling concerns as the split infinitive, elocution and text messaging. Peopled with intriguing characters such as Jonathan Swift, H. W. Fowler and George Orwell as well as the more disparate figures of Lewis Carroll, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Lenny Bruce, THE LANGUAGE WARS is an essential volume for anyone interested in the state of the English language today or intrigued about its future.
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    The World's Wife (Paperback)

    Carol Ann Duffy

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    Another cleverly constructed collection of poems from Carol Ann Duffy, The World?s Wife gives a hilarious and at times deeply meaningful voice to many women who never had their say. With her unique interpretation of the relationships endured by the likes of Mrs Aesop, Nancy Sinatra and Frau Freud, the British poet produces some fascinatingly witty and observant works of verse. Breezing through some of the best historical myths and bringing them to life in some style, this collection is fresh, cheeky and enormously entertaining.

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    The New Penguin Book of Love Poetry (Paperback)

    Jon Stallworthy

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    There are almost as many definitions and different sorts of love as there are poets. Edited on the assumption that any poem which speaks of one human's desire for another is a qualifying factor, "The New Penguin Book of Love Poetry" is a rich and diverse anthology which ranges through time and fashion. Passion, urgency, simplicity, heartbreak and renunciation are all here in a volume that superbly represents 'man's changeless responses to the changeless changing seasons of his heart'.
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    ADCHP

    The Penguin Book of First World War Poetry (Paperback)

    Matthew George Walter

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    This anthology reflects the diversity of voices it contains: the poems are arranged thematically and the themes reflect the different experiences of war not just for the soldiers but for those left behind. This is what makes this volume more accessible and satisfying than others. In addition to the established canon, there are poems rarely anthologised and a selection of soldiers' songs to reflect the voices of the soldiers themselves.
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    ADBUO

    Selected Poems (Paperback)

    W. B. Yeats

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    This selection of the works of W B Yeats, includes the final book from the unfairly neglected narrative poem "The Wanderings of Oisin" and a number of lyrics from Yeats' work as poetic dramatist. It breaks new ground by allowing the reader to engage with a dozen poems in alternative versions; in many other cases it provides significant variants, so that Yeats's struggle to revise his poetry can be experienced with unusual immediacy.