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The Nation's Favourite Love Poems (The Nation's Favourite Poems)

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From the first flush of love, through courtship and vows of eternal fidelity, to serving the writs and drowning your sorrows, 'The Nation's Favourite Love Poems' will meet all your romantic requirements. In this selection of 100 popular poems, poets of every age consider that most universal of themes: love. As well as traditional lovers' favourites such as Elizabeth Barret ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 2nd 1997 by BBC Books
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Hazel
Oct 14, 2009 Hazel rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
The BBC had a vote in 1997/98, and this collection was the result. So these are mostly old sentimental favourites, Donne, Keats and Clare, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Spenser and Tennyson; twentieth century favourites too, Auden and Wendy Cope and Seamus Heaney and Carol Ann Duffy. Many of them are familiar, all worth reading and rereading and thinking about.
Here's one I like from the section Celebration and Adoration.

Edwin Muir (1887-1959) The Confirmation

Yes, yours, my love, is the right human fa
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Belle
May 12, 2016 Belle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent selection of poems, most of them quite well known. This anthology was put together following a poll in 1997 to find the UK's favourite love poems. I'm not keen on the turquoise book cover but other than that this is a wonderful little book that has been very well edited.
It's quite small and it has a handy ribbon bookmark (which I keep to my favourite poem.). It's extremely easy to navigate. There is a list of the ten most popular poems at the beginning of the book, then the content
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Lisa Bentley
Apr 22, 2016 Lisa Bentley rated it liked it
Shelves: short-story, 2016
I work in a high school and part of my job is helping the GCSE students prepare themselves for their exams. Due to my specialism – English Language/Literature – I often try and get them prepared for the two unseen pieces of poetry that they will have to analyse. At 16, I hated poetry. I loathed it. As I got older and as I kept furthering my English education I began to appreciate it. Not all poems, mind, but I have certainly enjoyed teaching it.

Teaching poetry analysis is like putting together a
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Zanna
Aug 07, 2013 Zanna rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
My (soppy) parents and I are wont to snatch this from the shelf and read something out loud at random. Most of them are quite good = )
June Seghni
Jun 26, 2016 June Seghni rated it really liked it
an old favourite.
Rhian Pritchard
Nov 05, 2014 Rhian Pritchard rated it liked it
Shelves: wider-reading
It's difficult to rate a collection when they vary so much. Some of my favourite poems are in this anthology, and some that I've never heard of before. I will have to pick out a few to study very soon, anyway, so it'll be useful for that.
John
Nov 04, 2008 John rated it really liked it
Shelves: plays-and-poetry
This is my favourite... at present...

Remember
Christina Rossetti

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you planned:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoug
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Patrick Johns
Dec 21, 2010 Patrick Johns rated it really liked it
This book was given to me and my wife as a wedding present in 2000. I have read it through, and dipped into it many times. I don't think she has ever touched it!
Em
Dec 24, 2015 Em rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, 2015
A selection of poetry arranged in themes - I enjoyed reading this compilation and I would think that there is something here for everyone.
Gemma
Dec 05, 2012 Gemma rated it it was amazing
l absolutely loved this book and have re-read several of my favourite poems.
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DAISY GOODWIN, a Harkness scholar who attended Columbia University’s film school after earning a degree in history at Cambridge University, is a leading television producer in the U.K. Her poetry anthologies, including 101 Poems That Could Save Your Life, have introduced many new readers to the pleasures of poetry, and she was Chair of the judging panel of the 2010 Orange Prize for Fiction. She an ...more
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