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.
William Shakespeare's 154 sonnets are amongst the most haunting poems ever written. Dealing with eternal themes and the tangled nature of desire - both heterosexual and homosexual - they are published in their entirety in this volume along with the Bard's narrative poem A Lover's Complaint in which a young woman bemoans her fate at the hands of a treacherous lover.
Having marked the tragic death of his wife of fifty years in the memoir The Presence in 2008, Dannie Abse now celebrates his marriage in this poignant new collection. A paean to ordinary married life, Two for Joy is both joyous and tender, considered and passionate. Above all, it is a celebration of the transformative nature of love.
The nation's 100 favourite love poems as voted for by BBC Radio's Bookworm programme. From Elizabeth Barrett Browning (‘How do I love thee' was voted number one) to Carol Ann Duffy and Wendy Cope, stopping off at Wordsworth, Keats, Donne, Shakespeare et al on the way.
An elegantly produced volume of love poems for every occasion, incorporating much-loved work by poets through the ages - from W H Auden to William Shakespeare, John Donne to Emily Dickinson, Robert Browning to Roger McGough.