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.
John Keats' brief and tragic life produced some of the greatest poetry in the English language. Journalist and author Claire Tomalin's selection includes such poetic masterpieces as 'The Eve of St Agnes', 'La Belle Dame Sans Merci', 'Ode to a Nightingale' and 'To Autumn'.
All of Shelley's celebrated lyrics and substantial extracts from his longer dramatic poems, presented in a sumptuous hardback edition with silk ribbon markers, headbands and gold stamping on the front and spine.
An acclaimed, authoritative edition that brings together Byron's poetry and prose, all the major poems, important letters, journals, and conversations, giving the reader a complete picture of Byron the man as well as Byron the writer.
An exquisite, full colour edition of Blake's books in which his illustrations are combined with his handwritten words. It contains all the pages of Blake's twenty or so illuminated books reproduced in true size, an appendix with all Blake's text set in type and an introduction by the noted Blake scholar, David Bindman.
A splendid collection of the great poetry that was produced during this vibrant period in English literature. Alongside familiar works of genius such as Blake's ‘The Tyger', Coleridge's ‘Kubla Khan' and Shelley's ‘Ozymandias' can be found the less well-known, as well as women poets such as Charlotte Smith and Mary Robinson.
Wordsworth's poetry and prose brought together in a single volume - all the major poems, complemented by important letters, prefaces, and essays. Poems are presented in the order of their composition, enabling the reader to follow his development into one of English literature's most accomplished and best-loved poets.
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?