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Taking its inspiration from Shakespeare's idea of the seven ages of a human life, this new anthology brings together the best-loved poems in English to inspire, comfort and delight readers for a lifetime. Beginning with babies, the book is divided into sections on childhood, growing up, making a living and making love, family life, getting older, and approaching death, end...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published by Penguin Classics (first published November 1st 2007)
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Leah
Selection of what I loved:
Rudyard Kipling- "If"
Lewis Carroll- "Rules and Regulations"
Lemn Sissay- "Going Places"
WH Davies- "Leisure"
Ben Okri- "I Held You in the Square"
Kim Addonizio- "For Desire"
Lemn Sissay- "Love Poem"
Edwin Muir- "The Confirmation"
W Shakespeare- "Sonnet 116"
Philip Larkin- "This Be the Verse"
Thom Gunn- "The Hug"
George Gordon/Lord Byron- "So, We'll Go No More a Roving"
James Henry- "Another and Another and Another"
Dylan Thomas- "Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night"
Alexander Pope...more
Sseonana
Lovely collection of poems arranged according to the stages of human life, such as birth, childhood, growing up, family, death etc. I liked that the poems were arranged thematically rather than chronologically because of the range of material this anthology includes. It's interesting to have older poetry like Wordsworth, Chaucer or Shakespeare on the page opposite to Carol Ann Duffy and contemporary poets, and see how they write about the same subject. I'm quite hit or miss when it comes to poet...more
Rikke
Today I woke up and was in the mood for some poetry-reading, as the snow was gently falling down outside my window and my head ached terribly. My main problem was that I just couldn't choose between Yeats' mythical fairy-like poems or Tennyson's classic and undying writings, so I chose to settle upon this, which seemed (and was!) an agreeable compromise as it contained both.

"Penguin's Poems for Life" has a rather ambitious aim: to document and illustrate all aspect of life in various poems. It...more
Katie Gray


The most hardest thing about a book of poems is what is in them. The person who has the job to decide and compose a book of good poem to everyone's tasting is a very hard job in deed. This book of poems is set on life and the seasons of life. From the the first memories to the last breath. This book has a well sort out theme of poems with very famous and mind braking poets. Though a good book of poems and that has exactly what you want is very hard to find. In every book you have a problem with...more
Richard Smith
This is a wonderful anthology, a mixture of well know but always for me well chosen poems together with new and exciting poems. It's obviously Penguin's answer to the very successful "Staying Alive" anthologies, but it's different because they are all English language--and most of them English--poems. That worked well for me. What worked best was reading the book on a Kindle. I've never read an anthology right through before, but the Kindle forced me to do that, which turned out to be a rich exp...more
Harriet
I love this collection. It really does aim to contain poetry for every occasion, which includes many of my favourite poems - as well as many I didn't know but now love.

I wouldn't recommend reading them all in one stretch (like I tried on my most recent attempt), simply because it can be quite overwhelming. At the same time, reading cover to cover means that the chronological progression of the poems comes out. Having read it front to back, I'm now better placed to pick and mix in the future. In...more
Alex Ristea
This collection is divided into sections of life such as Childhood, Growing up, Getting Married, Looking back, etc. There are poems from a wide range of authors, and some that really stuck with me. I've bookmarked those and will be sure to go back and read them in the future.
Sabine
I usually don't read a lot of poems. I actually bought this book for school purposes and wasn't expecting to like as much as I did. I really liked they way the poems where ordered.I will probably read some poems again when I feel like it and my hunger for poems has been awakened
Rob Manwaring
Was reading this in Melbourne and some absolute beauties in here. I particularly enjoyed the abridged version of Keat's 'The eve of St Agnes'. But alas, no John Hegley, which must have been an oversight.
Chanel11
Whilst there were some great poems in there I found most of them to be too similar, it began to feel repetitive.
Kirstin
A decent book of poems, but not as good as Garrison Keillor's collection "Good Poems for Hard Times"
Emma
Lovely dip into poetry for sultry summer evenings and nights before the fire...
nurul.h.a darma
a daily book where i would flip and flap around everyday to get inspiration.
Elise
A poem for every occasion, and then some. Amazing!
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