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Our poetry books are perfect for any language lover. From powerful poems from the wartime era to fun nonsense poems by today's best contemporary poets.

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  • The Shakespeare Companion

    Product Code: SHCM
    Paperback
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    Featuring summaries of the Bard's plays and characters, The Shakespeare Companion is the perfect read for anyone interested in his works, or those who are new to one of the most influential writers of all time.

    Complete with a foreword by Dame Judi Dench, this book will enlighten you about Shakespeare's writing and help you enjoy his plays even more. It provides synopses of plays and even a resume of each performance's history.

    There is also a look back at the history of Shakespearean theatre and those plays that he did not write that have been wrongly attributed to him.
    • £4.00
    • RRP £15.00
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  • A Year of Reading Aloud

    Georgina Rodgers

    Product Code: YORA
    Hardback
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    Reciting poetry is one of life's pleasures, no matter what your age. Memorising the words exercises the brain and gives it strength to learn and remember other information.

    Celebrating the power of spoken word, this gift book contains 52 short poems for you to share and read aloud on a week-by-week basis. Each poem is accompanied by an explanation of its key messages along with some insight into the works and life of the poet.

    Featuring both established poets and new favourites and language some may deem offensive, this book will capture your imagination and inspire you to follow in the rich oral tradition of sharing tales while reading aloud.
    • £4.00
    • RRP £14.99
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    Assurances

    J. O. Morgan

    Product Code: CSEGD
    Paperback
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    J.O. Morgan's Assurances is the winner of the Costa Poetry Award 2018.

    A war-poem both historic and frighteningly topical, it begins in the 1950s during a period of vigilance and dread in the middle of the Cold War: the long stand-off between nuclear powers, where the only defence was the threat of mutually assured destruction.

    Using a mix of versed and unversed passages, Morgan places moments of calm reflection alongside the tensions inherent in guarding against such a permanent threat. A work of variations and possibilities, we hear the thoughts of those involved who are trying to understand and justify their roles. We examine the lives of civilians who are not aware of the impending danger, as well as those who are.
    • £3.00
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Whether you’re looking for powerful, poignant and stirring poetry, or rib-tickling rhymes guaranteed to get laughs, you’re sure to find the perfect poetry books for you in our stunning selection.

Classic favourites to treasure

Our range of poetry books includes timeless classic poetry, such as the works of Virgil and Homer, William Blake, John Milton and many more – not to mention the ever-popular works of William Shakespeare.

Modern masterpieces

Alongside our wide range of treasured classics is our striking selection of modern poetry books. This includes shocking war poems and thought-provoking contemporary poetry from the likes of Carol Ann Duffy and Seamus Heaney, as well as the wonderfully whimsical works of such poets as Michael Rosen and Spike Milligan.

Explore our selection for your new favourites

Discover your new favourite poems amongst our range of the very best poetry books. Whether it’s lyrical limericks, beautiful verse or epic poetic sagas you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it all in our selection of poetry books.