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An inspiring anthology to keep you company for every day of your life

Table of Contents

    • Introduction - i: Introduction
  • Unit - 1: January
  • Chapter - 1: Promise - Jackie Kay
  • Chapter - 2: Infant Joy - William Blake
  • Chapter - 3: Poem for a New Year - Matt Goodfellow
  • Chapter - 4: Lines Written by a Bear of Very Little Brain - A. A. Milne
  • Chapter - 5: from Twelfth Night - William Shakespeare
  • Chapter - 6: The Three Kings - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Chapter - 7: Dawn - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • Chapter - 8: Life - Charlotte Bronte
  • Chapter - 9: The Pulley - George Herbert
  • Chapter - 10: Letter to N. Y. - Elizabeth Bishop
  • Chapter - 11: Dust of Snow - Robert Frost
  • Chapter - 12: Occasional Poem - Jacqueline Woodson
  • Chapter - 13: The Midnight Skaters - Roger McGough
  • Chapter - 14: To Science - Edgar Allan Poe
  • Chapter - 15: from I Have a Dream - Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Chapter - 16: The Burial of Sir John Moore - Charles Wolfe
  • Chapter - 17: from Elegy on Captain Cook - Anna Seward
  • Chapter - 18: January - William Carlos Williams
  • Chapter - 19: I'll Tell You How the Sun Rose - Emily Dickinson
  • Chapter - 20: Days - Philip Larkin
  • Chapter - 21: A Colossal Glossary - Paul Muldoon
  • Chapter - 22: Human Family - Maya Angelou
  • Chapter - 23: The Distance - Eleanor Farjeon
  • Chapter - 24: Friendship - Cole Porter
  • Chapter - 25: To a Mouse - Robert Burns
  • Chapter - 26: Ballad of the Totems - Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker)
  • Chapter - 27: First They Came for the Jews - Martin Niemoeller
  • Chapter - 28: Yonder See the Morning Blink - A. E. Housman
  • Chapter - 29: from Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
  • Chapter - 30: Rain - Spike Milligan
  • Chapter - 31: Peas - Anon.
  • Unit - 2: February
  • Chapter - 1: Days - Tony Mitton
  • Chapter - 2: from February - John Clare
  • Chapter - 3: A Giant Firefly - Kobayashi Issa
  • Chapter - 4: All That Is Gold Does Not Glitter - J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Chapter - 5: Spellbound - Emily Bronte
  • Chapter - 6: A Riddle - Jonathan Swift
  • Chapter - 7: A Winter Bluejay - Sara Teasdale
  • Chapter - 8: An Unusual Cat-Poem - Wendy Cope
  • Chapter - 9: It Was Long Ago - Eleanor Farjeon
  • Chapter - 10: Colouring In - Jan Dean
  • Chapter - 11: The Missile - Michael Leunig
  • Chapter - 12: Lift Every Voice and Sing - James Weldon Johnson
  • Chapter - 13: Shrove Tuesday - Celia Warren
  • Chapter - 14: Valentine - Wendy Cope
  • Chapter - 15: All You Need Is Love - John Lennon and Paul McCartney
  • Chapter - 16: Lettuce Marry - Anon.
  • Chapter - 17: It's No Use - Sappho
  • Chapter - 18: from The Great Lover - Rupert Brooke
  • Chapter - 19: Rainbow - John Agard
  • Chapter - 20: A Summing Up - Charles Mackay
  • Chapter - 21: I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail - Anon.
  • Chapter - 22: The Little Mute Boy - Federico Garcia Lorca
  • Chapter - 23: There Is No Frigate Like a Book - Emily Dickinson
  • Chapter - 24: She Was Poor, But She Was Honest - Billy Bennett
  • Chapter - 25: First Sight - Philip Larkin
  • Chapter - 26: The Poetry Grand National - Roger Stevens
  • Chapter - 27: Love's Philosophy - Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Chapter - 28: In Tenebris - Ford Madox Ford
  • Chapter - 29: My Heart Leaps Up - William Wordsworth
  • Unit - 3: March
  • Chapter - 1: from Under Milk Wood - Dylan Thomas
  • Chapter - 2: The Bright Field - R. S. Thomas
  • Chapter - 3: Extinct - Mandy Coe
  • Chapter - 4: Holi - Chrissie Gittins
  • Chapter - 5: The River in March - Ted Hughes
  • Chapter - 6: Young Lambs - John Clare
  • Chapter - 7: To My Sister - William Wordsworth
  • Chapter - 8: Warning - Jenny Joseph
  • Chapter - 9: The Battle of the Sexes - Liz Brownlee
  • Chapter - 10: Remember - Christina Rossetti
  • Chapter - 11: Mothering Sunday - George Hare Leonard
  • Chapter - 12: Human Affection - Stevie Smith
  • Chapter - 13: Here Comes the Sun - George Harrison
  • Chapter - 14: Green Rain - Mary Webb
  • Chapter - 15: To Daffodils - Robert Herrick
  • Chapter - 16: Go and Catch a Falling Star - John Donne
  • Chapter - 17: Ich Am of Irlaunde - Anon.
  • Chapter - 18: Meeting at Night - Robert Browning
  • Chapter - 19: Historical Associations - Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Chapter - 20: A Morning Song - Eleanor Farjeon
  • Chapter - 21: Spring - Christina Rossetti
  • Chapter - 22: Spring - William Blake
  • Chapter - 23: Sonnet 98 - William Shakespeare
  • Chapter - 24: The Frog and the Nightingale - Vikram Seth
  • Chapter - 25: Today - Billy Collins
  • Chapter - 26: I Remember, I Remember - Thomas Hood
  • Chapter - 27: Ballad of the Bread Man - Charles Causley
  • Chapter - 28: I Watched a Blackbird - Thomas Hardy
  • Chapter - 29: Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now - A. E. Housman
  • Chapter - 30: The Cherry-Tree Carol - Anon.
  • Chapter - 31: Easter Day - Oscar Wilde
  • Unit - 4: April
  • Chapter - 1: April Fool - Louis MacNeice
  • Chapter - 2: The Walrus and the Carpenter - Lewis Carroll
  • Chapter - 3: The Jumblies - Edward Lear
  • Chapter - 4: Who Killed Cock Robin? - Anon.
  • Chapter - 5: First Word (After Helen Keller) - Rachel Rooney
  • Chapter - 6: The People of the Eastern Ice - Rudyard Kipling
  • Chapter - 7: from the Prologue to The Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Chapter - 8: Home-Thoughts from Abroad - Robert Browning
  • Chapter - 9: The Ballad of Semmerwater - William Watson
  • Chapter - 10: Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep - Mary Elizabeth Frye
  • Chapter - 11: In Time of `The Breaking of Nations' - Thomas Hardy
  • Chapter - 12: Dear Yuri - Brian Moses
  • Chapter - 13: The Song of Wandering Aengus - W. B. Yeats
  • Chapter - 14: The Woods and Banks - W. H. Davies
  • Chapter - 15: Ode to the Loss of the Titanic - Geoffrey Hill
  • Chapter - 16: Will Ye No Come Back Again? - Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne
  • Chapter - 17: from The Waste Land - T. S. Eliot
  • Chapter - 18: Waste Land Limericks - Wendy Cope
  • Chapter - 19: Concord Hymn - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Chapter - 20: I Had a Dove - John Keats
  • Chapter - 21: from The Old Vicarage, Grantchester - Rupert Brooke
  • Chapter - 22: The Woodspurge - Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  • Chapter - 23: from Richard II - William Shakespeare
  • Chapter - 24: Incident of the French Camp - Robert Browning
  • Chapter - 25: Robinson Crusoe's Wise Sayings - Ian McMillan
  • Chapter - 26: Into my Heart an Air that Kills - A. E. Housman
  • Chapter - 27: o by the by - E. E. Cummings
  • Chapter - 28: Desiderata - Max Ehrmann
  • Chapter - 29: Dancing with Life - Shauna Darling Robertson
  • Chapter - 30: Facing It - Yusef Komunyakaa
  • Unit - 5: May
  • Chapter - 1: Verses said to be written on the Union - Jonathan Swift
  • Chapter - 2: The Merry Month of May - Thomas Dekker
  • Chapter - 3: Tartary - Walter de la Mare
  • Chapter - 4: Back in the Playground Blues - Adrian Mitchell
  • Chapter - 5: The Song of the Banana Man - Evan Jones
  • Chapter - 6: Buckingham Palace - A. A. Milne
  • Chapter - 7: The Pobble Who Has No Toes - Edward Lear
  • Chapter - 8: Impromptu on Charles II - John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester
  • Chapter - 9: What the teacher said when asked: What er we avin for geography, Miss? - John Agard
  • Chapter - 10: For my Niece - Kate Tempest
  • Chapter - 11: from Doctor Faustus - Christopher Marlowe
  • Chapter - 12: On a Lane in Spring - John Clare
  • Chapter - 13: The Lanyard - Billy Collins
  • Chapter - 14: Rondeau - Leigh Hunt
  • Chapter - 15: from The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock - T. S. Eliot
  • Chapter - 16: Instructions - Neil Gaiman
  • Chapter - 17: A Handsome Young Fellow Called Frears - Michael Palin
  • Chapter - 18: Matilda: Who Told Lies, and was Burned to Death - Hilaire Belloc
  • Chapter - 19: Oranges and Lemons - Anon.
  • Chapter - 20: The Mouse's Tale - Lewis Carroll
  • Chapter - 21: Friends - Polly Clark
  • Chapter - 22: Today Is Very Boring - Jack Prelutsky
  • Chapter - 23: A Tragic Story - William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Chapter - 24: Buddha - Tony Mitton
  • Chapter - 25: from The Ballad of Reading Gaol - Oscar Wilde
  • Chapter - 26: Full Moon - Vita Sackville-West
  • Chapter - 27: God's Grandeur - Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • Chapter - 28: I Am - John Clare
  • Chapter - 29: from Everest Climbed - Ian Serraillier
  • Chapter - 30: Life Doesn't Frighten Me - Maya Angelou
  • Chapter - 31: The Man He Killed - Thomas Hardy
  • Unit - 6: June
  • Chapter - 1: from Greensleeves - Anon.
  • Chapter - 2: Bee! I'm Expecting You! - Emily Dickinson
  • Chapter - 3: from Childe Harold's Pilgrimage - George Gordon, Lord Byron
  • Chapter - 4: Coming - Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Chapter - 5: Balloons - Sylvia Plath
  • Chapter - 6: Song of the Dying Gunner AA1 - Charles Causley
  • Chapter - 7: The Throstle - Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • Chapter - 8: A London Plane-Tree - Amy Levy
  • Chapter - 9: I Lost a World - the Other Day! - Emily Dickinson
  • Chapter - 10: My Shadow Robert - Louis Stevenson
  • Chapter - 11: The End - A. A. Milne
  • Chapter - 12: On Turning Ten - Billy Collins
  • Chapter - 13: The Pleasures of Friendship - Stevie Smith
  • Chapter - 14: The Battle of Naseby - Thomas Babington Macaulay
  • Chapter - 15: from Prayer Before Birth - Louis MacNeice
  • Chapter - 16: Ecce Puer - James Joyce
  • Chapter - 17: The Way Things Are - Roger McGough
  • Chapter - 18: from The Field of Waterloo - Sir Walter Scott
  • Chapter - 19: Father's Hands - Paul Cookson
  • Chapter - 20: Refugees - Brian Bilston
  • Chapter - 21: from A Midsummer Night's Dream - William Shakespeare
  • Chapter - 22: Recessional - Rudyard Kipling
  • Chapter - 23: The Land of the Bumbley Boo - Spike Milligan
  • Chapter - 24: The Fiddler of Dooney - W. B. Yeats
  • Chapter - 25: My Mother Saw a Dancing Bear - Charles Causley
  • Chapter - 26: The Naming Of Cats - T. S. Eliot
  • Chapter - 27: The Land of Blue - Laura Mucha
  • Chapter - 28: A Bird Came Down the Walk - Emily Dickinson
  • Chapter - 29: Originally - Carol Ann Duffy
  • Chapter - 30: Ulysses - Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • Unit - 7: July
  • Chapter - 1: Remembered More for His Beard Now - Philip Ardagh
  • Chapter - 2: Amelia Earhart - Mandy Coe
  • Chapter - 3: Solitude - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • Chapter - 4: For You O Democracy - Walt Whitman
  • Chapter - 5: The Tables Turned - William Wordsworth
  • Chapter - 6: Rain in Summer - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Chapter - 7: Checking Out Me History - John Agard
  • Chapter - 8: Miracles - Walt Whitman
  • Chapter - 9: Travel - Edna St Vincent Millay
  • Chapter - 10: The Magic of the Mind - Clive Webster
  • Chapter - 11: The Duel - Eugene Field
  • Chapter - 12: Jerusalem (from Milton) - William Blake
  • Chapter - 13: The Argument of His Book - Robert Herrick
  • Chapter - 14: La Belle Dame Sans Merci - John Keats
  • Chapter - 15: Seven Times One: Exultation - Jean Ingelow
  • Chapter - 16: Particle Poems: 3 - Edwin Morgan
  • Chapter - 17: The School Boy - William Blake
  • Chapter - 18: To You - Langston Hughes
  • Chapter - 19: Harlem Hopscotch - Maya Angelou
  • Chapter - 20: Morning Song - Sara Teasdale
  • Chapter - 21: Little White Lily - George MacDonald
  • Chapter - 22: The Law of the Jungle - Rudyard Kipling
  • Chapter - 23: The Mermaid - Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • Chapter - 24: The Merman - Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • Chapter - 25: Annabel Lee - Edgar Allan Poe
  • Chapter - 26: Watching My Dog Sleep - Kate Tempest
  • Chapter - 27: from Psalm 137
  • Chapter - 28: `next to of course god america i' - E. E. Cummings
  • Chapter - 29: The Dug-Out - Siegfried Sassoon
  • Chapter - 30: Heat - H. D. (Hilda Doolittle)
  • Chapter - 31: A Flea and a Fly - Ogden Nash
  • Unit - 8: August
  • Chapter - 1: Casabianca - Felicia Hemans
  • Chapter - 2: Casabianca (A Parody) - Spike Milligan
  • Chapter - 3: On the Grasshopper and Cricket - John Keats
  • Chapter - 4: Minnie and Winnie - Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • Chapter - 5: Meg Merrilies - John Keats
  • Chapter - 6: The Horses - Edwin Muir
  • Chapter - 7: The Meadow Mouse - Theodore Roethke
  • Chapter - 8: from A Song About Myself - John Keats
  • Chapter - 9: The Fairy School under the Loch - John Rice
  • Chapter - 10: I'd Love to Be a Fairy's Child - Robert Graves
  • Chapter - 11: Verses written to the Queen of England - Mary, Queen of Scots
  • Chapter - 12: Manly Sports - Marion Bernstein
  • Chapter - 13: Shakespeare at School - Wendy Cope
  • Chapter - 14: from Macbeth - William Shakespeare
  • Chapter - 15: from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Chapter - 16: Musee des Beaux Arts - W. H. Auden
  • Chapter - 17: My Last Duchess - Robert Browning
  • Chapter - 18: Don't Let That Horse - Lawrence Ferlinghetti
  • Chapter - 19: And Death Shall Have No Dominion - Dylan Thomas
  • Chapter - 20: How Many Seconds in a Minute? - Christina Rossetti
  • Chapter - 21: Say Not the Struggle Nought Availeth - Arthur Hugh Clough
  • Chapter - 22: Who Would True Valour See - John Bunyan
  • Chapter - 23: The Rainy Day - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Chapter - 24: So, We'll Go No More a-Roving - George Gordon, Lord Byron
  • Chapter - 25: The Splendour Falls on Castle Walls (from The Princess) - Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • Chapter - 26: Fear No More the Heat o' the Sun - William Shakespeare
  • Chapter - 27: Trees - Mark Haddon
  • Chapter - 28: from The Task - William Cowper
  • Chapter - 29: No More Auction Block - Anon.
  • Chapter - 30: Blowin' in the Wind - Bob Dylan
  • Chapter - 30: Fly Away, Fly Away Over the Sea - Christina Rossetti
  • Unit - 9: September
  • Chapter - 1: Bomber's Moon - Mike Harding
  • Chapter - 2: But I Can't - W. H. Auden
  • Chapter - 3: This is the House That Jack Built - Anon.
  • Chapter - 4: Hornbeacon High - Sarah Crossan
  • Chapter - 5: Please Mrs Butler - Allan Ahlberg
  • Chapter - 6: Reading the Classics - Brian Patten
  • Chapter - 7: The Lesson - Edward Lucie-Smith
  • Chapter - 8: An Attempt at Unrhymed Verse - Wendy Cope
  • Chapter - 9: Take a Poem - James Carter
  • Chapter - 10: Pleasant Sounds - John Clare
  • Chapter - 11: The Right Word - Imtiaz Dharker
  • Chapter - 12: The Red Wheelbarrow - William Carlos Williams
  • Chapter - 13: Plums - Gillian Clarke
  • Chapter - 14: from Annus Mirabilis - John Dryden
  • Chapter - 15: The Mummy - Edwin Morgan
  • Chapter - 16: Old Ironsides - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Chapter - 17: Harriet Tubman - Eloise Greenfield
  • Chapter - 18: Joy - Hugo Williams
  • Chapter - 19: Prologue - Patience Agbabi
  • Chapter - 20: Ars Poetica - Archibald MacLeish
  • Chapter - 21: Shut Not Your Doors to Me, Proud Libraries - Walt Whitman
  • Chapter - 22: An Old Woman of the Roads - Padraic Colum
  • Chapter - 23: Digging - Edward Thomas
  • Chapter - 24: Autumn Fires - Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Chapter - 25: Something Told the Wild Geese - Rachel Field
  • Chapter - 26: Wild Geese - Mary Oliver
  • Chapter - 27: The Railway Children - Seamus Heaney
  • Chapter - 28: Barrier - Rachel Rooney
  • Chapter - 29: Autumn Rain - D. H. Lawrence
  • Chapter - 30: Thirty Days Hath September - Anon.
  • Chapter - 10: October
  • Chapter - 1: The Road Not Taken - Robert Frost
  • Chapter - 2: Moonlit Apples - John Drinkwater
  • Chapter - 3: Crab-Apples - Imtiaz Dharker
  • Chapter - 4: Santa Filomena - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Chapter - 5: Autumn - T. E. Hulme
  • Chapter - 6: from The Tyndale Bible
  • Chapter - 7: from 1777 - Amy Lowell
  • Chapter - 8: Thumbprint - Eve Merriam
  • Chapter - 9: Malala - Michaela Morgan
  • Chapter - 10: Give - Simon Armitage
  • Chapter - 11: Drummer Hodge - Thomas Hardy
  • Chapter - 12: Lament of an Arawak Child - Pamela Mordecai
  • Chapter - 13: The Wild Swans at Coole - W. B. Yeats
  • Chapter - 14: William the Conqueror, 1066 - Anon.
  • Chapter - 15: At Senlac Hill, 15 October 1066 - David Harmer
  • Chapter - 16: Not Only - Brian Patten
  • Chapter - 17: The Secret Song - Margaret Wise Brown
  • Chapter - 18: from Who Do You Think You Are? - Carl Sandburg
  • Chapter - 19: Digging - Seamus Heaney
  • Chapter - 20: Diary of a Church Mouse - John Betjeman
  • Chapter - 21: The Night at Trafalgar - Thomas Hardy
  • Chapter - 22: The Village Blacksmith - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Chapter - 23: A Country Boy Goes to School - George Mackay Brown
  • Chapter - 24: Owl Poem - John Hegley
  • Chapter - 25: from Henry V - William Shakespeare
  • Chapter - 26: Love After Love - Derek Walcott
  • Chapter - 27: Paper Boats - Rabindranath Tagore
  • Chapter - 28: Western Wind, When Wilt Thou Blow? - Anon.
  • Chapter - 29: Who Has Seen the Wind? - Christina Rossetti
  • Chapter - 30: In the Dark, Dark Wood - Anon.
  • Chapter - 31: from Hallowe'en - John Kendrick Bangs
  • Unit - 11: November
  • Chapter - 1: from The Devil's Thoughts - Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Chapter - 2: Television - Roald Dahl
  • Chapter - 3: The First Men on Mercury - Edwin Morgan
  • Chapter - 4: The Last Laugh - Wilfred Owen
  • Chapter - 5: Please to Remember - Walter de la Mare
  • Chapter - 6: November Night - Adelaide Crapsey
  • Chapter - 7: The Dead - Rupert Brooke
  • Chapter - 8: The Leader - Roger McGough
  • Chapter - 9: Here Dead We Lie - A. E. Housman
  • Chapter - 10: The African Lion - A. E. Housman
  • Chapter - 11: In Flanders Fields - John McCrae
  • Chapter - 12: Dreamers - Siegfried Sassoon
  • Chapter - 13: An Irish Airman Foresees his Death - W. B. Yeats
  • Chapter - 14: My First Day at School - Michaela Morgan
  • Chapter - 15: Sympathy - Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • Chapter - 16: from Epitaphs of the War - Rudyard Kipling
  • Chapter - 17: Written with a Diamond on her Window at Woodstock - Elizabeth I
  • Chapter - 18: Tell as a Marksman - were forgotten - Emily Dickinson
  • Chapter - 19: Abraham Lincoln - Abraham Lincoln
  • Chapter - 20: from The Prophet - Kahlil Gibran
  • Chapter - 21: In Memoriam - E. A. Mackintosh
  • Chapter - 22: Disabled - Wilfred Owen
  • Chapter - 23: Signs of the Times - Paul Laurence Dunbar
  • Chapter - 24: Prayer for Earth - Myra Cohn Livingston
  • Chapter - 25: Benediction - James Berry
  • Chapter - 26: Immigrant - Fleur Adcock
  • Chapter - 27: Nuns Fret Not at their Convent's Narrow Room - William Wordsworth
  • Chapter - 28: Sonnet 116 - William Shakespeare
  • Chapter - 29: Sports Report - Gareth Owen
  • Chapter - 30: Sing me a Song of a Lad that is Gone - Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Unit - 12: December
  • Chapter - 1: Rosa Parks - 1st December 1955 - Joseph Coelho
  • Chapter - 2: Napoleon - Miroslav Holub
  • Chapter - 3: The Raven - Edgar Allan Poe
  • Chapter - 4: The Witch - Mary Elizabeth Coleridge
  • Chapter - 5: Mary Celeste - Judith Nicholls
  • Chapter - 6: On Raglan Road - Patrick Kavanagh
  • Chapter - 7: The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner - Randall Jarrell
  • Chapter - 8: Embarkation, 1942 - John Jarmain
  • Chapter - 9: Some Questions You Might Ask - Mary Oliver
  • Chapter - 10: Refugee Blues - W. H. Auden
  • Chapter - 11: Don't Quit - John Greenleaf Whittier
  • Chapter - 12: The Bells - Edgar Allan Poe
  • Chapter - 13: The Oxen - Thomas Hardy
  • Chapter - 14: Antarctica - Derek Mahon
  • Chapter - 15: little tree - E. E. Cummings
  • Chapter - 16: Forecasts - Jean Kenward
  • Chapter - 17: Christmas is Coming - Anon.
  • Chapter - 18: The Computer's First Christmas Card - Edwin Morgan
  • Chapter - 19: O Little Town of Bethlehem - Phillips Brooks
  • Chapter - 20: Winter-Time - Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Chapter - 21: Puzzle - Philip Waddell
  • Chapter - 22: The Year's Midnight - Gillian Clarke
  • Chapter - 23: Just Doing My Job - Clare Bevan
  • Chapter - 24: Saturday Night at the Bethlehem Arms - Gareth Owen
  • Chapter - 25: I Saw a Stable - Mary Elizabeth Coleridge
  • Chapter - 26: Reindeer Report - U. A. Fanthorpe
  • Chapter - 27: Dear True Love - U. A. Fanthorpe
  • Chapter - 28: from Paradise Lost - John Milton
  • Chapter - 29: The Year - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • Chapter - 30: from The Tempest - William Shakespeare
  • Chapter - 31: Ring Out, Wild Bells (from In Memoriam) - Alfred, Lord Tennyson
    • Index - ii: Index of First Lines
    • Index - iii: Index of Poets and Translators
    • Acknowledgements - iv: Acknowledgements

About the Author

Allie is a former English stage, film, and television actress, now a writer. Her latest collection A Poem for Every Night of the Year has been a phenomenal success with rave reviews publications as wide-ranging as the Observer, the New Statesman, Tatler, You magazine, Books for Keeps and Primary Times. Allie also organizes and hosts live poetry events and is on the advisory board for the Cheltenham Festival. A thousand people attended her most recent event at the National Theatre!

Reviews

A Poem for Every Day does exactly what this sort of book should do and rallies the old crowd-pleasers (Housman, Kipling and Hardy make multiple appearances), then makes occasional dashes off the beaten path to take in things such as Imtiaz Dharker's lovely poem Crab-Apples and even one poem by that gruff bastion of inaccessibility Geoffrey Hill (Ode on the Loss of the Titanic). If you feel as though your life is lacking a bit of poetry, this is an excellent place to start. * Best Poetry Books of 2017, The Times *
For the whole family but especially eight-plus readers, A Poem for Every Day of the Year... gorgeously presented and intelligently selected. * New Statesman *
Not only is it a thing of beauty, it also offers an accessible, informative, bitesize approach to poetry. * Daily Mail *
Perfect for reading aloud and sharing with all the family. * Guardian *
Allie Esiri's A Poem for Every Day of the Year has 366 great poems, whether a funny one for April Fool's Day, a festive one for Christmas or a moving one for World Refugee Day. It also teaches you about important events through the year. * The Week Junior *
If you haven't picked up a volume of poetry since school, this is the perfect place to start. * The Pool *
These poems are funny, thoughtful, inspiring, humbling, informative, quiet, loud, small, epic, peaceful, energetic, upbeat, motivating, and empowering!... It will prove a valuable resource for teachers, and a comprehensive anthology for home libraries. * Parents in Touch *
[A] splendid new compendium... There is material for all ages. * The Herald *

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