What do you buy for dad at birthdays or Christmas, after his sock drawer has been filled to overflowing and he could open a shop to sell all the after-shave he has been given? Poetry provides a wonderful present that will keep rewarding long after the event is over. War, climbing, medieval chivalry and much more makes up our list below.
Illustrated Anthology of War Poems, ed. RA Singler, Star Fire, (ISBN 9781844514472), Hardback, £8.99
A magnificently illustrated compilation of poems that deals with the effects of war, its glory, horror and destructive power. It contains a wide range of popular and much-loved poems as well as many lesser-known works.
Oxford Anthology of English Poetry: Volume II, Blake to Heaney, ed. John Wain, Oxford University Press, (ISBN 9780192804228), Paperback, £11.50
The second of the two-volume Oxford Anthology of English Poetry covers poets from William Blake to Seamus Heaney, from the eighteenth century to the twentieth. Great and familiar poets are represented, but there are also many lesser-known poets, adding to the rich tapestry of the last three centuries of British and Irish poetry.
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, by Simon Armitage, Faber & Faber, (ISBN 9780571223282), Paperback, £9.99
Simon Armitage provides a brilliant and entertaining modern interpretation of the mysterious tale of chivalry, supernatural forces and seduction that is one of the earliest great stories of English literature.
The Owl and the Cragrat: An Anthology of Climbing Poetry, ed. Marc Chrysanthou and Gordon Stainforth, Stonegold Publishing, (ISBN 9780954710705), Paperback, £5.95
A lovingly crafted and marvellously entertaining anthology of classic poems adapted by climbing authors to convey the fear, death and romance of climbing. Ranging from the comic and the humorous to the reflective and searingly tragic, the poems are wonderfully illustrated by Duncan Bourne cartoons.
The Oxford Book of Parodies, ed. John Gross, Oxford University Press, (ISBN 9780199548828), Hardback, £16.99
This veritable treasury of hilarious parodies includes all the classics of the genre, from Lewis Carroll to Max Beerbohm, but also introduces the reader to many lesser known but no less brilliant figures, including modern-day parodists such as Craig Brown and Wendy Cope.
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