Best British & Irish Poetry Books

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1. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Leather-bound Classics)

Author: by William Shakespeare
Canterbury Classics

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No library is complete without the classics! This leather-bound edition includes the complete works of the playwright and poet William Shakespeare, considered by many to be the English language’s greatest writer. Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear, Hamlet, and Macbeththe works of William Shakespeare still resonate in our imaginations four centuries after they were written.

The timeless characters and themes of the Bard’s plays fascinate us with their joys, struggles, and triumphs, and now they are available in a special volume for Shakespeare fans everywhere. This Canterbury Classics edition of William Shakespeare’s works includes all of his poems and plays in an elegant, leather-bound, keepsake edition.

Whether for a Shakespeare devotee or someone just discovering him, this is the perfect place to experience the drama of Shakespeare’s words. A scholarly introduction provides additional context and insight into the poems and plays. Specially designed end papers, a ribbon bookmark, and other enhancements complete the package and make this the perfect gift for any lover of literaturea book to read and treasure!

2. The Lost Spells

Author: by Robert MacFarlane
Anansi International
120 pages

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Since its publication in 2017, The Lost Words has enchanted readers with its poetry and illustrations of the natural world. Now, The Lost Spells, a book kindred in spirit and tone, continues to re-wild the lives of children and adults. The Lost Spells evokes the wonder of everyday nature, conjuring up red foxes, birch trees, jackdaws, and more in poems and illustrations that flow between the pages and into readers’ minds.

Robert Macfarlane’s spell-poems and Jackie Morris’s watercolour illustrations are musical and magical: these are summoning spells, words of recollection, charms of protection. To read The Lost Spells is to see anew the natural world within our grasp and to be reminded of what happens when we allow it to slip away.

3. David Whyte: Essentials

Author: by David Whyte
119 pages


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It is not a coincidence that this book will slide easily into your jacket pocket; you ll want to keep it close for unexpected moments, those gifts of small, beckoning spaciousness amidst all our obligations and necessities. In addition to works written over a span of many years, plus one new poem and one new essay, the book contains David s personal reflections for many of the pieces, providing deeper context to its meaning.

In some ways an artistic representation of a close circle of companionship to the work and to the man : edited by his wife, and designed and typeset by close friends Edward Wates and John Nielson, the book forms an elegant testament to David Whyte’s most closely-held understanding – that human life cannot be apportioned out as one thing or another; rather, it is best lived as a living conversation, a way between and beyond, made beautiful by darkness as well as light, at its essence both deeply solitary and profoundly communal.

4. We All Belong: A Children's Book About Diversity, Race and Empathy

Author: by Nathalie Goss
ISBN: 979-8670945912
Published at: Independently published (July 30, 2020)

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Get your copy of the #1 Bestseller in Children’s Books on Tolerance & Manners (Amazon, UK, Sept.2020). We all live in the one world together. Let’s see how we’re different in some ways and the same in other ways. We all Belong’ is a beautifully written and illustrated children’s picture book that recognises and celebrates the diversity in a caring group of children.

A wonderfully flowing, rhyming poem about respect… Whatever our culture, whatever the colour of our skin. If you like ‘All the ways to be smart’, you will treasure this. A stunning poem about inclusion, with excellent representation of different cultures.

Much-needed in today’s society. By recognising differences between cultures and races, and appreciating that everyone is beautiful, children can grow up with empathy – appreciating others around them. ‘We all Belong’ gives young readers a safe space to see themselves and others through a diverse group of characters.

The book includes an activity at the end, to help children appreciate how we are all similar in some ways and different in other ways too. Awards#1 Bestseller in Children’s Books on Tolerance (UK) #1 Bestseller in Children’s Books on Manners (UK) #1 Bestseller in Children’s Books on First Day of School (UK) #1 New Release in Children’s Around the World Books (US) #1 New Release in Children’s Books on Immigration (US) #1 Bestseller in Children’s Books on Multiculturalism & Tolerance (Canada) Amazon, August & September 2020It’s vital that kids see differences, rather than live in a colour-blind world.

5. The Adventures of Tom Bombadil

Author: by J R R Tolkien
HarperCollins Publishers

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This revised and expanded edition of Tolkien’s own Hobbit-inspired poetry includes previously unpublished poems and notes, and is beautifully illustrated by ‘Narnia’ artist Pauline Baynes.

6. The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works, 2nd Edition

Author: by William Shakespeare
Oxford University Press

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Hailed by The Washington Post as “a definitive synthesis of the best editions” and by The Times of London as “a monument to Shakespearean scholarship,” The Oxford Shakespeare is the ultimate anthology of the Bard’s work: the most authoritative edition of the plays and poems ever published.

Now, almost two decades after the original volume, Oxford is proud to announce a thoroughly updated second edition, including for the first time the texts of The Reign of Edward III and Sir Thomas More, recognizing these two plays officially as authentic works by Shakespeare.

This beautifulcollection is the product of years of full-time research by a team of British and American scholars and represents the most thorough examination ever undertaken of the nature and authority of Shakespeare’s work. The editors reconsidered every detail of the text in the light of modern scholarship andthey thoroughly re-examined the earliest printed versions of the plays, firmly establishing the canon and chronological order of composition.

7. Pillow Thoughts IV: Stitching the Soul

Author: by Courtney Peppernell
288 pages

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The final installment in this bestselling series completes the journey that Courtney Peppernell began with Pillow Thoughts. With 600,000 copies sold across the series, Pillow Thoughts continues to inspire all who dip into Courtney’s encouraging words. Self-healing is the theme of the entire Pillow Thoughts series.

While books II and III focus on healing the heart and mind, respectively, Pillow Thoughts IV offers a balm for healing the soul. Have a cup of tea and let yourself feel.

8. The Space Between Us: Poetry and Prose

Author: by Courtney Peppernell
256 pages

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A universal narrative on the significance of distance with love; remember to hold on to what you believe in. Ideal for those whose love knows no bounds,” The Space Between Us is full of profound anecdotes and messages, illustrating the courage and heartache of enduring physical distance.

The Space Between Us explores the trials of love and what it’s like to live a life separated by distance from someone you care about. Its content is thoughtfully divided into five chapters, or phases, of the long-distance experience:At First GlanceLiving for TomorrowLonely NightsGrow Together/Grow ApartWhen I See You.

A combination of poems and prose are sporadically connected with small graphics and maps to visualize the journey of physical distance. These poems serve as an adhesive between the reader and the ones they miss, the longing, the anticipation, and the eventual relief.

Though both authors bring with them a unique perspective, the lens is singular; each is attuned to navigating this complex terrain.

9. Much Ado About Nothing

Author: by William Shakespeare
108 pages

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Much Ado About Nothing is a comedic play by William Shakespeare thought to have been written in 1598 and 1599, as Shakespeare was approaching the middle of his career. The play was included in the First Folio, published in 1623. Much Ado About Nothing is generally considered one of Shakespeare’s best comedies, because it combines elements of robust hilarity with more serious meditations on honor, shame, and court politics.

By means of “noting” (which, in Shakespeare’s day, sounded the same as “nothing,” and which is gossip, rumour, and overhearing), Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other, and Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar on the erroneous belief that she has been unfaithful.

At the end, Benedick and Beatrice join forces to set things right, and the others join in a dance celebrating the marriages of the two couples.

10. All the Sonnets of Shakespeare

Author: by William Shakespeare
306 pages

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How can we look afresh at Shakespeare as a writer of sonnets? What new light might they shed on his career, personality, and sexuality? Shakespeare wrote sonnets for at least thirty years, not only for himself, for professional reasons, and for those he loved, but also in his plays, as prologues, as epilogues, and as part of their poetic texture.

This ground-breaking book assembles all of Shakespeare’s sonnets in their probable order of composition. An inspiring introduction debunks long-established biographical myths about Shakespeare’s sonnets and proposes new insights about how and why he wrote them. Explanatory notes and modern English paraphrases of every poem and dramatic extract illuminate the meaning of these sometimes challenging but always deeply rewarding witnesses to Shakespeare’s inner life and professional expertise.

Beautifully printed and elegantly presented, this volume will be treasured by students, scholars, and every Shakespeare enthusiast.

11. English Romantic Poetry: An Anthology (Dover Thrift Editions)

Author: by William Blake
Dover Publications

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Encompassing a broad range of subjects, styles, and moods, English poetry of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries is generally classified under the term “Romantic,” suggesting an emphasis on imagination and individual experience, as well as a preoccupation with such theme as nature, death, and the supernatural.

This volume contains a rich selection of poems by England’s six greatest poets: William Blake (24 poems, including “The Tyger” and “Auguries of Innocence”), William Wordsworth (27 poems, including “Ode: Intimations of Immortality” and “I wandered lonely as a cloud”), Samuel Taylor Coleridge (10 poems, including “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” and “Kubla Khan”), Lord Byron (16 poems, including “The Prisoner of Chillon” and selections from Don Juan and Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage), Percy Bysshe Shelley (24 poems, including “Ode to the West Wind” and “Adonis”), John Keats (22 poems, including all the great odes, “Isabella,” and “The Eve of St. Agnes”).

For this edition, Stanley Appelbaum has provided a concise Introduction to the Romantic period and brief commentaries on the poets represented. The result is a carefully selected anthology that will be welcomed by lovers of poetry, students, and teachers alike.

12. Complete Poems and Plays

Author: by T.S. Eliot
Faber & Faber

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Poet, dramatist, critic and editor, T.S. Eliot was one of the defining figures of twentieth-century poetry. This edition of The Complete Poems and Plays, published for the first time in paperback, includes all of his verse and work for the stage, from Prufrock and Other Observations (1917) to Four Quartets (1943), and includes such literary landmarks as The Waste Land, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats and Murder in the Cathedral.’Each year Eliot’s presence reasserts itself at a deeper level, to an audience that is surprised to find itself more chastened, more astonished, more humble.’ Ted Hughes

13. Bloom for Yourself

Author: by April Green
Flower Press Publishing
176 pages

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Expanded and revised, featuring new poems and exclusively designed illustrations. As featured in Gracefully You’ by Jenna Dewan. April Green’s Bloom for Yourself’ is a beautiful, tender book of poetic writing, woven into deeper lessons on healing, growth, faith, and self-love.

Her approach to writing is delicate and spiritual; giving readers layer upon layer of thought-provoking optimism and faith. ‘Something wild and beautiful happens when you start to love yourself and embrace every single piece of who you are. I think it’s something like freedom.’ April’s words are shared by thousands of people all over the world, and are included in Jenna Dewan’s debut book, Gracefully You’. ‘Bloom for Yourself’ is a book for anyone feeling lost, alone, depressed or unworthy.

It is a book to be read many times over as you come to experience April’s extraordinary gift for helping you understand that you are never truly alone

14. The World's Wife: Poems

Author: by Carol Ann Duffy
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
96 pages

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Be terrified.It’s you I love, perfect man, Greek God, my own; but I know you’ll go, betray me, strayfrom home. So better by far for me if you were stone. From “Medusa”Stunningly original and haunting, the voices of Mrs. Midas, Queen Kong, and Frau Freud, to say nothing of the Devil’s Wife herself, startle us with their wit, imagination, and incisiveness in this collection of poems written from the perspectives of the wives, sisters, or girlfris of famous – and infamous – male personages.

Carol Ann Duffy is a master at drawing on myth and history, then subverting them in a vivid and surprising way to create poems that have the pull of the past and the crack of the contemporary.

15. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo

Author: by J R R Tolkien
HarperCollins Publishers
150 pages

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Here are three poems by unknown authors, the first two dating from around 1400 AD. The poems come with an acclaimed introduction by Tolkien, and have become an established student text.

16. Dweller in Shadows: A Life of Ivor Gurney

Author: by Kate Kennedy

512 pages

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The first comprehensive biography of an extraordinary English poet and composer whose life was haunted by fighting in the First World War and, later, confinement in a mental asylumIvor Gurney (18901937) wrote some of the most anthologized poems of the First World War and composed some of the greatest works in the English song repertoire, such as Sleep.

Yet his life was shadowed by the trauma of the war and mental illness, and he spent his last fifteen years confined to a mental asylum. In Dweller in Shadows, Kate Kennedy presents the first comprehensive biography of this extraordinary and misunderstood artist.

A promising student at the Royal College of Music, Gurney enlisted as a private with the Gloucestershire regiment in 1915 and spent two years in the trenches of the Western Front. Wounded in the arm and subsequently gassed during the Battle of Passchendaele, Gurney was recovering in hospital when his first collection of poems, Severn and Somme, was published.

Despite episodes of depression, he resumed his music studies after the war until he was committed to an asylum in 1922. At times believing he was Shakespeare and that the machines under the floor were torturing him, he nevertheless continued to write and compose, leaving behind a vast body of unpublished work when he died of tuberculosis.