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  • CRPM
    Jane McMorland-Hunter
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    Classic Readings & Poems for Weddings, Christenings, Funerals and All Occasions will help ensure you have the right words for every important life event.

    Hand-picked by Jane McMorland Hunter, the book features everything from familiar favourites to lesser-known, yet no less stunning, pieces that can mark anything from a birth to a death; an engagement to a retirement and a wedding to a memorial service.

    Among the poems and readings are works from the poets Longfellow, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson as well as famous writers like William Blake, Wordsworth and William Shakespeare. There are also Apache prayers and Irish blessings, as well as quotes from books and speeches that mark moments of new life, unions, loss and solitude.
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    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.
  • ALOD
    Angela Macmillan
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    A unique anthology, containing prose and poetry that has been hand-picked by Angela Macmillan for performing, even if it?s just to an audience of one, A Little, Aloud encourages us to share the power of the written word. A book to be treasured and shared with friends and family for years to come, this well-presented hardback will take the reader on a personal journey through short stories, poems and verse ? each of which offers something that everyone will enjoy, whether young or old.

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    Philip Larkin
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    Larkin's final collection of poems shows, as does all his best work, his ability to adapt contemporary speech rhythms and everyday vocabulary to subtle metrical patterns and poetic forms. Many of the poems in the collection, which includes some of his best-known pieces ("The Old Fools", "This Be the Verse", "The Explosion", and the title poem) show the preoccupation with death and transience that is so typical of the poet. Rather than words comes the thought of high windows: The sun-comprehending glass, And beyond it, the deep blue air, that shows Nothing, and is nowhere, and is endless. - from "High Windows".
  • OLON
    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.
  • JUBL
    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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    Edited by Max Morris
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    Beautifully illustrated throughout, Classic Love Poems is an anthology that contains the most inspiring and moving poetry from some of the most talented and best-loved writers in the English language. Love will surely be in the air as you read the passionate and unashamedly romantic works of Geoffrey Chaucer, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, William Shakespeare and Christina Rossetti.
  • ACOXH
    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.
  • ACTCP
    Carol Ann Duffy
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    Carol Ann's new collection -- her first since Rapture -- and since she was made Poet Laureate. 'Carol Ann Duffy is the most humane and accessible poet of our time' Guardian 'Part of Duffy's talent besides her ear for ordinary eloquence, her gorgeous, powerful, throwaway lines, her subtlety is her ventriloquism ...From verbal nuances to mind-expanding imaginative leaps, her words seem freshly plucked from the minds of non-poets that is, she makes it look easy' Observer 'Nobody is ever going to need to be told how to enjoy a Carol Ann Duffy poem' Evening Standard 'Carol Ann Duffy is a poet who covers the stormy waterfront of desire, devotion and despair ...As always, she manages the rare feat of building on traditions, forebears, allusions while stirring and shaking the emotions with muscular, unpretentious force' Independent 'You can't classify Carol Ann as a love poet or a comic poet or a political poet because she is all these things and so much more' Sunday Times
  • AAEVE
    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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    Philip Larkin
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    "The North Ship", Philip Larkin's earliest volume of verse, was first published in August 1945 and reissued in 1966 by Faber. The introduction, by Larkin himself, explains the circumstances of its publication and the influences which shaped its content. This is the first thing I have understood: Time is the echo of an axe Within a wood.
  • ADCZI
    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'.
  • ADCHP
    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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    Emily Berry
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    "Dear Boy" is the dramatic and inventive debut by Emily Berry. These characterful, intelligent and darkly witty poems explore lives lived strangely in unusual worlds, through a series of deft and seductive soliloquies. In a collection with a taste for ventriloquy and wickedness, and a flair for vocal cross-dressing, the balance of power is always shifting in an unexpected direction - an ingenue masquerades as a femme fatale, a doctor appears more disturbed than his patient, and parents seem more unruly than their children. Eccentric, intimate, arch, anxious, decadent and sometimes mournful, the book's confiding, conversational voices tell stories recognisable and refracted, carried along by the undercurrent on which the collection ebbs and rides: the anguish and energy brought about by a long-distance love affair, which propels and terrorises and ultimately unites the work. "Dear Boy" is an irresistible and enlivening collection by a new poet of startling and various gifts.
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    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.
  • AKFFI
    Jon Stallworthy
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    There can be no area of human experience that has generated a wider range of powerful feelings than war. Jon Stallworthy's classic and celebrated anthology spans centuries of human experience of war, from Homer's Iliad, through the First and Second World Wars, the Vietnam War, and the wars fought since. This new edition, published to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, includes a new introduction additonal poems from David Harsent and Peter Wyton amongst others. The new selection provides improved coverage of the two World Wars and the Vietnam War, and new coverage of the wars of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
  • AJOTZ
    James Bentley
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    As the poets wrote of every aspect of the World War II so their artist contemporaries captured scenes of both chaos and compassion, horror and humour, which sometimes no words could describe.

    Paul Nash's battle-torn wastelands portray a savage world, far removed from the gentle landscapes evoked longingly by his brother John. The lonely torment of the women at home depicted by artists such as Harold Gilman is no less moving than the images of suffering in the trenches by CRW Nevinson, Stanley Spencer and Percy Wyndham Lewis.
  • AKZAZ
    Ana Sampson
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    Our rolling fields and verdant countryside have ever inspired some of the finest verse by our most cherished poets, and the very best are brought together in this thoughtful and enjoyable collection. Green and Pleasant Land features such best-loved poets as Keats, Larkin, Shakespeare, Hopkins and Wordsworth, who effortlessly conjure relaxing and nostalgic images of a better time and place. Be transported to a more lush and vibrant world with this celebration of all the beauty of our language and land. The perfect addition to any poetry lover's collection.
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    The British Library
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    'A dog is prose; a cat is a poem.' Jean Burden Cats have fascinated, amused, infuriated and inspired writers for thousands of years. This magnificently varied anthology, including poems by Emily Dickinson, Walter de la Mare, Oscar Wilde and Thomas Hardy, features fluffy kittens and belligerent toms, moggies snoozing by the fire and feral tormentors of mice and birds. Gracefully ageing fighters dream of past glories; a hungry cat in wartime works her wiles; tragedy strikes in a tub of goldfish; memories of lost friends are cherished; and Yeats' mysterious Black Minnaloushe turns his long, lingering gaze on the Moon. Drawing on poems from more than five centuries, The Cat And the Moon celebrates the diverse moods and qualities of these most intriguing creatures.