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Medieval to Renaissance

Shakespeare's Histories and Poems

Shakespeare's Histories and Poems by William Shakespeare
published by George Newnes Ltd, 1901

Includes 10 plays (the Kings) and 6 sections of poems including Venus & Adonis, Phoenix & Turtle, A Lover's Complaint, The Passionate Pilgrim, Lucrece and The Sonnets. Beautifully bound in deep blue smooth leather with gold embossing and lettering, slight wear to spine, pages clean.
976 pages smooth blue leather softback

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Sir Patrick Spens and Other Ballads

Sir Patrick Spens and Other Ballads by Anon
published by The Folio Society, 1994

"Sir Patrick Spens" is a Scottish maritime ballad about a disaster at sea and has been praised as an important example of balladic poetry though its origins are not known in detail. Three other wonderful ballads are also included with engraving illustrations. This edition is a splendid Folio hardback complete with gold coloured slip case. Some fading to spine but pages clean and unmarked. An ideal pocket edition for travel distraction that doesn't involve an electronic device!
32 pages purple silk cloth hardback

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Beowulf - A New Translation

Beowulf - A New Translation by Seamus Heaney
published by Faber & Faber, 1999

The Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf is one of the great Northern epics and a classic of European literature. In his new translation, Heaney has produced a work that is both true, line by line, to the original poem and an expression in its language and music of something fundamental to his own creative gift. Excellent overall condition complete with stylish black dust jacket.
106 pages hardback
ISBN 0571203426

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The Sonnets

The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
illustrated by Charles Robinson
published by Leopard Books, 1991

Shakespeare's Sonnets were originally published in 1609 when Shakespeare was 45yrs old. This edition has reordered them to make a more coherent sequence. They are beautifully illustrated by the Edwardian illustrator Charles Robinson who was acclaimed for his highly original colouring and flights of fantasy.
111 pages hardback
ISBN 0752901028

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The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam translated by Edward Fitzgerald
published by Collins, 1940's

This edition contains both the 1859 and 1868 versions of Fitzgerald's translation and an informative introduction by Laurence Houseman all in a beautifully bound leather copy in very good condition.
Burgundy leather bound softback

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Medieval English Verse

Medieval English Verse

published Penguin Classics 1st penguin edition, 1964

This is an anthology of modern verse translations of English poetry of the 13th and 14th centuries. Half are short poems and the rets short narrative poems including Pearl amongst other important epics. Tanned pages, cover good with slight foxing to page edges only. Last page at back has previously been sellotaped.
256 pages paperback

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Selected Poems of Robert Henryson and William Dunbar

Selected Poems of Robert Henryson and William Dunbar edited by Douglas Gray
published by Penguin Classics, 1998

Both of these poets were active in the 15th and early 16th centuries and wrote in Lowland Scots, a distinctive version of the English language. Henryson and Dunbar are the most powerful and individual voices in Scottish poetry of the Middle Ages.
409 pages hardback
ISBN 014042248X

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Anglo Saxon Poetry

Anglo Saxon Poetry selected and translated by R K Gordon
published by Dent & Sons Ltd, 1970

Contains poetry composed roughly between 65o and 1000AD i.e. from Widsith probably the oldest English poem to Maldon which was the last great poem before the Norman Conquest. No.794 of the Everyman Library. Name written inside cover and one notation - a correction to the translation of a word.
334 pages hardback
ISBN 0460007947

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Medieval English Lyrics 1200-1400

Medieval English Lyrics 1200-1400 edited and introduction by Thomas G Duncan
published by Penguin Classics, 1995

Edited anew from the original manuscripts and presented in a readily readable form using normalised grammar and spelling according with the dialect of late fourteenth century London i.e. Chaucerian English, Duncan also gives a full commentary and extensive glossary.
266 pages paperback
ISBN 0140434437

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English Poets from Romantics to Moderns

The Poetical Works of John Keats

The Poetical Works of John Keats edited by H Buxton Forman
published by Oxford University Press, 1950

This has every single one of Keats works, unabridged. Keats drew on a body of experience enriched by his great intelligence and fine sensibility.If you are a Keats fan, this is a must have book.
496 pages blue leather hardback

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The Poetical Works of Wordsworth

The Poetical Works of Wordsworth edited by Thomas Hutchinson
published by Oxford University Press, 1950

The complete works of the poet in one volume to treasure. Complete with original slip case which has some wear but has kept the book in excellent condition. Please note that the print of this volume is small.
779 pages brown leather quarter and tan cloth hardback

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Whitman

Whitman by Walt Whitman
published by Everyman Library Pocket Poets, 1994

"I contain multitudes," Whitman says in his great poem Song of Myself. This multitudinousness has come to define the inner meaning of the American experience. Perhaps the greatest American poet he lived and died during one of the great times of upheaval that was the 19th century.
252 pages hardback
ISBN 9781857157154

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Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience (unabridged)

Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience (unabridged) by William Blake
published by Dover Thrift Editions, 1992

These two early collections of poems by the legendary Blake contain memorable lyric verse embodying the emerging spirit of Romanticism. Originally published in 1794 this edition is an unabridged and corrected republication of those texts.
52 pages paperback
ISBN 0486270513

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The Centuries' Poetry vol 5

The Centuries' Poetry vol 5 chosen by Denys Kilham Roberts
published by Penguin, 1954

This fifth volume in the Penguin Poets Series covers poets from Hopkins to Eliot. This copy has sound binding but tanned pages.
185 pages paperback

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Poems of Wordsworth Vol.II

Poems of Wordsworth Vol.II by William Wordsworth
published by Cassell & Co. Ltd, 1885

The second in the series of Miniature Library of the Poets. Contains The White Doe of Rhylstone, his poems of his Tours of Scotland and the Continent and Sonnets etc. Lovely pocket edition in very good condition. Immerse yourself in the beauty of his poems.
312 pages cloth with marbled sides hardback

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Great Poets of the 20th Century - W H Auden

Great Poets of the 20th Century - W H Auden foreword by Dr Rowan Williams
published Faber & Faber, 2008

Includes 8 poems as a taster to his great works plus a biography and archived articles.
22 pages paperback pamphlet

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The Nations Favourite 20th Century Poems

The Nations Favourite 20th Century Poems edited by Griff Rhys Jones
published by BBC Publications, 1999

From the harrowing images of the First World War to the evocative love poems of Betjemen, this collection is as rich and varied as the last century was itself.
200 pages paperback
ISBN 0563551437

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John Betjeman's Collected Poems

John Betjeman's Collected Poems by John Betjeman
published Guild Publishing, 1983

Deep green faux leather with gilt embossing and lettering. Introduction by the earl of Birkenhead, revised edition with index of places. Poems included from 1932 to 1974.
432 pages hardback

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The Romantic Poets - An Anthology

The Romantic Poets - An Anthology published by Marshall Cavendish, 1987

A collection of poems by 5 of the best romantic poets namely Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Byron and Shelley. Beautifully bound in black faux-leather with gilt embossing and lettering and inlaid colour plate.
303 pages hardback
ISBN 086307684X

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The English Poems of John Milton

The English Poems of John Milton

with an introduction by Charles Williams
and a reader's guide complied by Walter Skeat
published by Oxford University Press, 1971

Complete with dust jacket with some wear to edges and some pencil marks in the margins and poems written inside front cover. Lovely pocket sized edition .
543 pages hardback
ISBN 0192501828

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Background Music

poetrybackground by Christy Brown
65 pages, Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd, 1973

Mingling satire, humour and pathos, this collection of verse by Christy Brown will appeal to all who believe that poetry should be explicit in content and mood.
ISBN 9780436070938

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Hands Together

Hands Together by Edna Eglington and David Santer
published by The Old School Press, 1994

SIGNED by Edna Eglington, In this volume the central space in the poems is taken not by the poets but by some other presence the poet looks in on - this self exclusion is both generous and poignant.
68 pages paperback
ISBN 0952357801

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Women Their World

Women Their World chosen by Eva Figes, Abigail Mosley and Dinah Livingstone
published by Platform Poets, 1980

A selection from entries in the 1980 Lancaster Literature Festival national poetry competition which was on the theme 'Women - Their World' which aimed to address the prominence of the masculine in literature.
63 pages paperback
ISBN 0905917073

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Love is a Four-Letter Word

Love is a Four-Letter Word by David Hughes, Nigel Jenkins and Penny Windsor
published by Lovebards Press, 1st impression 1988

Love is possibly the most important word in the English language and at the same time the most cheapened and abused. The poems in this book, brought together originally to accompany a national tour by three English-language poets, attempt a few definitions.
52 pages paperback
ISBN 095135910X

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Collected Poems

Collected Poems by Robert Gittings
published by Heineman Educational Books Ltd, 1976

Best known for his biographies of Keats and Hardy, Gittings has won universal acclaim. His poetry is distinguished by the same sensitivity, sharpness of detail and economy of expression.
117 pages hardback
ISBN 043514359X

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Collected Poems

Collected Poems by Philip Larkin
published by Faber, 2003

Introduced by Anthony Thwaite. This is essential reading on any poetry book shelf. It preserves everything that he published in his lifetime..
218 pages paperback
ISBN 0571216544

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Poems and Other Trees

Poems and Other Trees by Jean Robinson
published by Chiswick Village Press, 2000

This is the first collection of Jean's poems published to celebrate her 60th birthday. A charming collection in a handy pocket sized book.
47 pages paperback
ISBN 0953929809

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The Passages of Joy

The Passages of Joy by Thom Gunn
published by Faber, 1982

In this new collection of poetry, Gunn was at the height of his power. These poems combine personal directness with effortless technical assurance. A Poetry Book Society Choice.
93 pages paperback
ISBN 0571119212

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Dreamland Dove of Divine Wings of Love

Dreamland Dove of Divine Wings of Love by P J Street

Self published collection of poetry from PJ Street.
108 pages paperback

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Freedom by The Grace of God

Freedom by The Grace Of God by P J Street

A selection of poems in a self published volume.
68 pages paperback

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Home on the Wing

Home on the Wing by Carolyn Askar
published by Terracotta Press, 2004

Carolyn's fifth collection explores the question of 'where do you consider home?' through poems which are deeply personal. Signed by the author.
66 pages paperback
ISBN 0958300410

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The Bridport Prize 2003

The Bridport Prize 2003 published by Sansom & Co, 2003

The best 26 poems and short stories chosen by U A Fanthorpe and Rose Tremain from thousands of submissions.
152 pages paperback
ISBN 1904537146

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The Bridport Prize 2004

The Bridport Prize 2004 published by Sansom & Co, 2004

The best 26 poems and short stories chosen by Paul Farley and Jim Crace from thousands of submissions.
136 pages paperback
ISBN 1904537243

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The Bridport Prize 2006

The Bridport Prize 2006 published by Sansom & Co, 2006

The finest 26 poems and short stories chosen from thousands of submissions.
158 pages paperback
ISBN 1904537685

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War poetry

The Poetical Works of Rupert Brooke

The Poetical Works of Rupert Brooke edited by Geoffrey Keynes
published by Faber, 1977

Brooke's poems are arranged chronologically with the addition of 2 long poems written during his school years at Rugby, This copy has an uncreased spine but some creasing to the cover and slightly tanned pages.
216 pages paperback
ISBN 0571047041

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Poems of Today 2nd series

Poems of Today 2nd series by English Association
published by Sidgwick & Jackson Ltd, 1929

Biographical notes on poets included. Most of the selection are from the writing of younger men who have written mainly under the influence and reactions of war; others are from older poets who are in touch with this new generation.
174 pages hardback

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Poetry of the Forties

Poetry of the Forties introduction and edited by Robin Skelton
published by Penguin, 1968

The forties in England began with war and ended in social revolution. The selection in this volume contains some lesser known poets and provides thought provoking material. The copy has tanned pages and name stamp inside cover.
269 pages paperback

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A Little Book of War Poems

poetrywar edited by Nick de Somogyi
Hardback, Mustard 1999
There have been war poets for as long as there have been wars. The poems in this collection range across the centuries, but the experiences they record remain as true today as when men fought at the Somme, at Waterloo and at Troy.

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ISBN 9780752527703

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Poetry around the World

Poetry of Europe Volume 3 parts 1&2 The Poetry of the USSR

Poetry of Europe Volume 3 parts 1&2 The Poetry of the USSR published by Soviet Committee for European and Cooperation, 1977

A multilingual edition with each poem in the original Russian and also translated into German, English and French in two beautifully bound volumes complete with dust jackets and ribbon markers
1258 pages in two hardbacks

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Le Petit Gueux

Le Petit Gueux by Robert Depuydt
published by Alain Jacobsoone, Canada

Poesies et illutrations en français. Ces trois petits points conduirant a nous surprendre (Guy Ducotey).
136 pages paperback
ISBN 9782746609211

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The Poems of Francois Villon

The Poems of Francois Villon new translation by Galway Kinnell
published by Signet Classics CT288, 1965

French-English edition. Contents include The Legacy, The Testament and miscellaneous poems. The French text is based upon the authoritative Longnon-Foulet text of 1932.
224 pages paperback

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Four Greek Poets

Four Greek Poets

published Penguin Modern European Poets, 1970

The four modern poets contained in this volume are Cavafy, Elytis, Gatsos and Seferis who also won a Nobel Prize. Text is in verse translation in English.
110 pages paperback
ISBN 140420916

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The Penguin Book of Spanish Verse

The Penguin Book of Spanish Verse introduction and edited by J M Cohen
published by Penguin, 1970

Complete with plain prose translation of each poem. Selections from the end of the 17th century up to 20th century. Slightly tanned pages but cover very good.
472 pages paperback
ISBN 140420304

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Children's Poetry

Picture a Poem - a book of shape poems

Picture a Poem - a book of shape poems
Picture a Poem - a book of shape poems

by Gina Douthwaite
published by Hutchinson, 1994

Gina's ingenious words leap, dance, sew and creep their way across the pages in a visual feast created by stating and innovative typography. A perfect way to introduce children to the amazing possibilities of poetry. Some wear to the book spine but pages clean and unmarked.
80 pages hardback
ISBN 0091765404

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The Children's Classic Poetry Collection

The Children's Classic Poetry Collection
The Children's Classic Poetry Collection

compiled by Nicola Baxter
illustrated by Cathie Shuttleworth
published by Armadillo, 1997

This beautifully illustrated collection will introduce children to a lifetime of pleasure in poetry by gathers together classic poems on a number of themes.
96 pages hardback
ISBN 1900465019

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Revolting Rhymes

Revolting Rhymes
Revolting Rhymes

by Roald Dahl
illustrated by Quentin Blake
published by Ted Smart, 1998

Six irreverent retellings of favourite fairytales but with alternative endings in classic Dahl style then brought to life by Blake's wonderful illustrations. We will never see Cinderella, Snow White or Red Riding Hood in quite the same light ever again!
30 pages hardback
ISBN 9780224029322

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Rhyme Stew

Rhyme Stew by Roald Dahl
illustrated by Quentin Blake
published by Jonathan Cape, 1989

The marvellously dastardly Dahl has joined forces with that bounder Blake to plunder a wealth of nursery heritage for the delight of the older reader in this addition to the literature of the absurd..
80 pages hardback
ISBN 0224026607

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Lyra Heroica

Lyra Heroica selected and arranged by William Ernest Henley
published by David Nutt, 1900

A book of verse for boys containing a personal selection by Henley of poems from great poets through the ages to stir and inspire the youth of the Edwardian era but still as relevant today as in times past. This copy is in very good condition but has some pencil notations from former owners.
362 pages cloth hardback

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Wizard Poems

Wizard Poems chosen by Fiona Waters
illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain
published by Macmillan, 2004

A great collection of magical verses, rhymes and spells sure to inspire any budding wizard to foster a lover of poetry!
87 pages paperbackback
ISBN 033043330X

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Young Dragon Book of Verse

Young Dragon Book of Verse edited by Michael Harrison & Christopher Stuart-Clerk
published by Oxford, 1989

A mix of contemporary poetry together with well-known poems from the past sensitively illustrated with woodcuts in a variety of styles. This anthology provides young people with a first introduction to the best in the tradition of English poetry.
150 pages hardback
ISBN 0198312660

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Dragons - Magical Poems

Dragons - Magical Poems by Nick Toczek
published by Macmillan, 2005
illustrated by Sally Townsend

A fantastic collection of poems about all sorts of dragons. Meet the undeniably cool Dragon who ate our school and the dragon in the cellar and find out why the Welsh dragon stopped being green! Signed and inscribed by the author. Unread book with slightly tanned page edges.
127 pages paperback
ISBN 0330437445

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The Puffin Book of 20th Century Children's Verse

The Puffin Book of 20th Century Children's Verse by Brian Patten
illustrated by Michael Foreman published by Puffin, 1999

For children of seven years and over, this anthology, featuring the very best of poetry written for children over the last 100 years, has been updated for the new millennium to include poems from the nineties.
416 pages paperback
ISBN 9780140376845

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Bedtime Rhymes

Bedtime Rhymes chosen by John Foster
illustrated by Carol Thompson
published by Oxford University Press, 1998

This edition forms part of the First Verses series from OUP. Sure to kindle a love of poetry in any child.
28 pages paperback
ISBN 0192761668

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Childhood Poems - An Anthology

Childhood Poems - An Anthology selected by Joan Forman
published by Jarrold Poets Series, 1994

A collection of over 50 poems by a variety of classical and modern poets. This delightful collection is in a leather effect hardback with gold lettering and embossing.
128 pages leather effect hardback
ISBN 0711706778

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The 12 Days of Christmas

The 12 Days of Christmas

illustrated by Liz Sawyer
published by Tarantula, 1996
25 pages hardback
ISBN 1855341530

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The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas adapted by Judy Hamilton
illustrated by Mark Ripley
published by Tarantula, 1996
25 pages hardback
ISBN 185534159X

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Poetry Anthologies

Caravan

Caravan edited by Sydney Butler
published by Brock House Writers, 1992

The variety of topics and forms in this collection provides something for every readers.
198 pages paperback
ISBN 0969673701

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Kaleidoscope

Kaleidoscope edited by Sydney Butler
published by Brock House Writers, 1993

This anthology of life writing provides the reader with a great variety of views of the world. Poems and stories with illustrations.
127 pages paperback
ISBN 096967371X

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Love Poems

Love Poems by Selected and edited by Peter Washington
published by Everyman's Literary Pocket Poets, 1993

These splendid selection of poems range from ancient China to modern day America and recreate at its most piercing a universal experience of the human soul in a lovely pocket sized edition.
256 pages hardback
ISBN 9781857157055

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Poems for Mother's Day

Poems for Mother's Day by Girl Talk Magazine Readers
published by Woolworth plc, 2001

A very special selection of poems written by Girl Talk Magazine readers to celebrate Mothers and Mother's day.
82 pages paperback
ISBN 5031643200019

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Parlour Poetry 101 improving gems

Parlour Poetry 101 improving gems edited by Michael R Turner
published by Michael Joseph, 1967

Generations of well brought up children recited these verses to their admiring elders in front parlours all over the Empire. Some of these poets have been forgotten but in their day were as famous as Byron or Wordsworth and their poems are undeservedly dismissed. Name inscribed inside front cover.
264 pages hardback

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Favourite Love Poems

Favourite Love Poems edited by Charles Osborne, illustrated by Robert Anning Bell
published by Michael O'Mara Books Ltd, 1988

There have been love poems for as long as poetry has existed, for poetry is the art form best suited to the expression of that complex of emotions known as love. The poems in this anthology are the personal choice of a man whose literary tastes are wide and varied. A poet himself, Charles Osborne has covered a vast range in making his selection of love poems in English.
240 pages paperback
ISBN 9781860191671

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A Book of Peace

A Book of Peace chosen and edited by Elizabeth Goudge
published by Hodder, 1969

This is a very personal anthology of poetry and prose chosen by Elizabeth Goudge. She has created a beautiful book full of understanding and meaning. This copy has tanned page edges, but the cover is in excellent condition with an uncreased spine.
319 pages paperback
SBN 0340109009

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Angels in the Sussex Air - an anthology of Sussex poets

Angels in the Sussex Air - an anthology of Sussex poets edited by Patrick Garland
illustrated by David Goodman
published by Sinclair-Stevenson, 1995

Sussex has always been a place of inspiration to writers such as William Blake, Philip Larkin etc. This copy in excellent condition with slight tanning to page edges only.
285 pages paperback
ISBN 1856197255

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The Oxford Book of English Verse 1250-1900

The Oxford Book of English Verse 1250-1900 chosen and edited by Arthur Quiller-Couch
published Oxford University Press, 1915

Tan leather and cloth binding with gilt embossing and lettering, slight fading to rear cover only, inscription inside cover dated Christmas 1917, gilt edged pages, clean and unmarked.
1084 pages hardback

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Short & Sweet - 101 Very Short Poems

Short & Sweet - 101 Very Short Poems edited by Simon Armitage
published by Faber & Faber, 1999

The longest poem in this collection is 13 lines long and the shortest has none! It shows how a short poem can tell a story, argument or instance and be packed with passion, wisdom or music. This copy has slightly tanned page edges but is in great condition otherwise.
112 pages paperback
ISBN 057120001X

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A Celebration of Mothers in Prose and Poetry

poetrymothers edited by Alexandra Towle
288 pages, MacMillan,1993
A beautiful collection of excerpts from famous authors including Nancy Mitford, Anita Brookner, Gerald Durrell, Sue Townsend, Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, Philip Roth and many others.
ISBN 9781854791245

An ideal gift for the Special Woman in your life.

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Finding Service

And if not, then there is always our Finding Service for those hard to obtain titles, be it an out-of-print book, a specific edition, or out-of-production jigsaw etc.

We have many very satisfied clients who have used our finding service again and again confident in the knowledge that we will try our hardest to find them the item they want at a reasonable price and in as good a condition as possible. So just contact us with details of the item and we'll do all the hard work for you.