A Folio Anthology of Poetry
When Byron described poetry as the feeling of a former world and future, he perfectly summed up the power of great poems to speak to us across the ages. Introduced by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, this anthology is a celebration of poetry and the passion it inspires. It gathers together more than 300 of our favourite poems, spanning over 400 years from the Tudor court verse of John Skelton and Thomas Wyatt to Yeatss Politics, first published in 1938.\nThis is a classic collection and a wonderful introduction to poetry, but it contains surprises even for the most well-read. There are famous works: Keatss To Autumn, Byrons She walks in beauty, Grays Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, Marvells To His Coy Mistress and rarer gems: John Hoskinss haunting Absence, hear thou my protestation, and On a Bed of Guernsey Lilies by the 18th-century visionary Christopher Smart, as well as Kiplings The Explanation, an allegorical love poem. The poems are listed alphabetically by title, creating interesting juxtapositions: William Cowpers castaways lament Alexander Selkirk is next to Richard Lovelaces To Althea, from Prison, and Matthew Arnolds The Scholar Gypsy is followed by William Blakes The School Boy. There are sonnets and epistles, complaints and elegies on every subject love, war, nature, youth and the seasons, and even Thomas Grays Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat Drowned in a Tub of Goldfishes.
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