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.
The most popular poem in Britain, according to The Guardian, ‘Warning: When I am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple' was originally written in 1961 since when it has become known and loved around the world. A wonderful gift for delinquent grannies everywhere.
Classic funny poems sit side by side with less familiar examples in this delightful anthology gleaned from the votes of listeners to BBC's Bookworm radio programme. Lewis Carroll, Ogden Nash, Edward Lear and Shakespeare are all represented and you will also find wonderful gems such as ‘Ning Nang Nong', the ‘Akond of Swat' and ‘The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy- Bo'.
A delightful new selection of fully annotated poems, including a number of never before published pieces by one of the nation's favourite poets.
In Roger McGough's captivating new volume of poetry he addresses Alzheimer's and resolves to live every day as if it was his last; he joins the Foreign Legion, jives in Macca's trousers, shares the pain of Mr Sappho and plans a prison break. Writing with his customary wit and warmth, McGough affirms his position as a national poetic treasure.
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?