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A selection of poems from the successful Radio 4 series, including Auden, Betjeman, Hopkins and MacNeice, with an introduction by Charles Causley. Founded in 1906 by J.M. Dent, the Everyman Library has always tried to make the best books ever written available to the greatest number of people at the lowest possible price. Unique editorial features that help Everyman Paperba A selection of poems from the successful Radio 4 series, including Auden, Betjeman, Hopkins and MacNeice, with an introduction by Charles Causley. Founded in 1906 by J.M. Dent, the Everyman Library has always tried to make the best books ever written available to the greatest number of people at the lowest possible price. Unique editorial features that help Everyman Paperback Classics stand out from the crowd include: a leading scholar or literary critic's introduction to the text, a biography of the author, a chronology of her or his life and times, a historical selection of criticism, and a concise plot summary. Each Everyman title offers these extensive materials at a price that competes with the most inexpensive editions on the market-but Everyman Paperbacks have durable binding, quality paper, and the highest editorial and scholarly standards.


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A selection of poems from the successful Radio 4 series, including Auden, Betjeman, Hopkins and MacNeice, with an introduction by Charles Causley. Founded in 1906 by J.M. Dent, the Everyman Library has always tried to make the best books ever written available to the greatest number of people at the lowest possible price. Unique editorial features that help Everyman Paperba A selection of poems from the successful Radio 4 series, including Auden, Betjeman, Hopkins and MacNeice, with an introduction by Charles Causley. Founded in 1906 by J.M. Dent, the Everyman Library has always tried to make the best books ever written available to the greatest number of people at the lowest possible price. Unique editorial features that help Everyman Paperback Classics stand out from the crowd include: a leading scholar or literary critic's introduction to the text, a biography of the author, a chronology of her or his life and times, a historical selection of criticism, and a concise plot summary. Each Everyman title offers these extensive materials at a price that competes with the most inexpensive editions on the market-but Everyman Paperbacks have durable binding, quality paper, and the highest editorial and scholarly standards.

56 review for Poetry Please!

  1. 4 out of 5

    Roger Pettit

    Poetry Please! has been one of the mainstays of BBC radio in the UK since the late 1970s. It was first broadcast as a ten-minute programme in 1979. Each edition now lasts 30 minutes. The format of the programme is simple. Actors recite poems that listeners have requested to hear. This book is a collection of some of the most popular poems aired on the programme in its early years. Poetry Please! contains 100 poems. It is a very varied, entertaining and thought-provoking collection. The featured Poetry Please! has been one of the mainstays of BBC radio in the UK since the late 1970s. It was first broadcast as a ten-minute programme in 1979. Each edition now lasts 30 minutes. The format of the programme is simple. Actors recite poems that listeners have requested to hear. This book is a collection of some of the most popular poems aired on the programme in its early years. Poetry Please! contains 100 poems. It is a very varied, entertaining and thought-provoking collection. The featured poems cover a range of styles, emotions and timescales. Amongst my favourites are: "Farewell", a short, sad poem by Anne Bronte; "The Water Mill", a charmingly bucolic poem by Sarah Doudney (a poet of whom I was unaware until reading this book); "Diary of a Church Mouse", one of John Betjeman's most popular poems; and Jenny Joseph's "Warning", a wonderful poem about the delights of independence and rebellion in old age. There is something in this very good book for anyone who enjoys reading poetry. It is a delightful read - and, like all good collections of this sort, is something to dip into from time to time. I recommend the book (and, if you are in the UK, the radio programme on which it is based: it is broadcast on Sunday afternoons at 4:30pm on BBC Radio 4 in several short series for about 30 weeks of the year). 8/10.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Giki

    I love this book, I have owned a copy for many years, I read aloud to my kids at bed time. It is a wonderful short anthologhy, quite a broad range of poems without being swamped in volume. The selection is well thought out and although the order is alphabetical (by poets name) there is still a great flow from one poem to the next - there are whole sections that we love to read out loud, Robert Louis-Stevenson 'the vagabond' followed by Muriel Stuart's 'the seed shop, then Tennyson 'the brook', T I love this book, I have owned a copy for many years, I read aloud to my kids at bed time. It is a wonderful short anthologhy, quite a broad range of poems without being swamped in volume. The selection is well thought out and although the order is alphabetical (by poets name) there is still a great flow from one poem to the next - there are whole sections that we love to read out loud, Robert Louis-Stevenson 'the vagabond' followed by Muriel Stuart's 'the seed shop, then Tennyson 'the brook', Tessimond 'black Monday lovesong', Dylan Thomas 'fern hill', and finally Adelstrop by Edward Thomas is a real favorite. Of course the book ends on WB yeats 'The lake isle of Innisfree', other favorites include John Mansfield's 'sea fever', AE Housman's 'loveliest of trees the cherry now, Hilaire Belloc's 'Tarantella' and Henry Charles Beeching's 'going down a hill on a bicycle'. There are many more, just waiting between the pages to be discovered. Despite being slim and inexpensive there is a huge amount of treasure in here.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    *Auden*Betjeman*Blake*Brooke*Browning*Goldsmith* Keats*Scott*Shakespeare*Tennyson*Wordsworth*Yeats* These are just a few of the poets whose works are included in this book. I loved about 3/4 of these poems. I have a few favourites - Warning by Jenny Joseph, which is about getting older. Here is another fave, which is quite short but so lovely, its entitled: So What Is Love? (trans.) So what is love? If thou wouldst know The heart alone can tell: Two minds with but a single thought, Two hearts that beat as *Auden*Betjeman*Blake*Brooke*Browning*Goldsmith* Keats*Scott*Shakespeare*Tennyson*Wordsworth*Yeats* These are just a few of the poets whose works are included in this book. I loved about 3/4 of these poems. I have a few favourites - Warning by Jenny Joseph, which is about getting older. Here is another fave, which is quite short but so lovely, its entitled: So What Is Love? (trans.) So what is love? If thou wouldst know The heart alone can tell: Two minds with but a single thought, Two hearts that beat as one. And whence comes Love? Like morning bright Love comes without thy call. And how dies Love? A spirit bright, Love never dies at all. Maria Lovell That's just so beautiful!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jamie MacDonald Jones

    A collection of nicely lyrical poems, particularly useful if the reader wanted to read them aloud. The only issue I have is that probably more than half of these poems bang on no end about god or christianity.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Morton

    Great collection of poems! This collection of Poems is more for the adult population however could be introduced for those in upper key stage two who are willing to take risks and push their poetry ability.

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