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Poetry books make ideal gifts for both aficionados as well as for those coming to poetry fresh or hoping to re-kindle a love for the genre diminished by the pace of modern living. Reading poetry creates a space in the hustle-bustle; it provokes thought; it makes us look anew at the everyday things that we encounter and it can amuse and entertain.

On the following pages, we have attempted to provide you with a range of gift-buying options - a selection of books of love poetry that will make the recipient go weak at the knees; half-a-dozen beautiful collections of the work of some of the greatest and best-loved poets of the 20th century; some of the best of recently published contemporary poetry; a selection of anthologies showcasing the finest English poetry; the work of the much-loved Romantic poets and a smile-inducing selection of books of humorous verse.

Make someone happy - buy them some poetry.

Reprinted many times since its initial publication in 1996, this essential anthology presents Britain's 100 favourite poems, the results of a poll conducted by the BBC's Bookworm programme. Kipling's ‘If' famously took the number one spot but all the heavyweights of poetry are represented, both from the past and from more recent times.

Inspired by William Shakespeare's ‘seven ages' of human life, Laura Barber has divided her selection into sections on childhood, growing up, earning a living, making love, family life, old age and approaching death, choosing poems from a diverse range of poets, from Chaucer to Carol Ann Duffy.

We no longer learn poetry in school like we used to, retaining the ability to recite lines long after we have moved on in our lives. This small collection presents essential and favourite poems, carefully selected by the book's editor to enable the reader to re-kindle his or her love for poetry.

Following on from the success of Poem for the Day One, this edition takes the same route - a page for each day of the year on which is a poem and information about its writer or the poem itself. A charming volume containing a wide range of poetry and poets - old and contemporary, well-known and less familiar.

The sequel to Neil Astley's immensely popular Staying Alive which collected hundreds of thoughtful and passionate poems about living in the modern world, introducing thousands of people to contemporary poetry from around the world. This companion volume features poems about being human, poems that touch the heart, provoke thought and stir the emotions.

A judicious selection of some of the finest poetry ever written in a beautifully produced anthology that will reward those who are new to poetry as well as seasoned poetry lovers. Ricks has selected 822 poems from more than 200 writers, from the 13th-century ‘Sumer is icumen in' to Seamus Heaney's ‘The Pitchfork'.

Gordon Kerr has worked in marketing and branding for Waterstones and Oddbins. He is the author of more than 30 books in the areas of art, history, poetry, travel, humour and crime.


We have a range of poetry gift guides to suit every taste. Why not check out collected poetry, contemporary poetry, anthologies, Romantic poetry and humorous poetry?


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