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Natural History (An Anthology of Poetry)

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A collection of 45 poems which are based on a mixture of fact, insight and imagination. The main aim as always is to entertain but some of the pieces may prove educational.
If you enjoy reading about the wild world around us I'm sure you'll enjoy this collection. Once again I've introduced the idea of 'serial' poetry and here I believe the subject matter lends itself well
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Kindle Edition, 120 pages
Published November 15th 2013 by Tom Benson
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Sarah Stuart
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I like Tom Benson’s poetry; it rhymes and yet the rhythm and pace vary more than many offerings by freestyle poets. There’s a sense of urgency running through the wildlife verses; animals are aware of many dangers, but sadly often not the greatest – man. Nobody who reads them can fail to condemn those who kill for sport or financial gain. It’s a subject that invariably infuriates me, so I was ready for breaks, and I got them. My absolute favourite is Mountain Stream, but I also enjoyed the surpr ...more
P.A. Rudders
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Another considerable work of poetry from Tom Benson. 'All things great and small,' to quote the title of one of Tom Benson's poems in this anthology of nature themed poetry, and a good description of this anthology. From the title one might have expected a lot of poetic prose about trees and flowers and the beauty and magnificance of Mother Nature, and whilst there are elements of that, what the reader mostly gets is, instead, some of the most poignant and insightful accounts of just about every ...more
Anne Scott
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys a bit of reflection reading
Reflection on coexistence . . .

Poetry isn’t a first reading choice for me, but when I find myself needing a break from fiction novels, I look for a bit of what I call “reflection reading.” That’s when I head for the moody work of Edgar Allen Poe or spend some time looking at the world through the knowing eyes of Robert Frost. In Natural History by Tom Benson, I found that opportunity for reflection. A view of our world through the coexistence and cycles of man, animal, and earth.

I immediately c
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Melanie P. Smith
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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National Geographic...Cadence style

Great book of poetry. The detailed descriptions created in a poetic rhythm made me feel like I was watching a National Geographic documentary rather than reading a series of poems. Each one is just a little bit different, but clearly depicts the various aspects contained in nature. Fight or flight, battles of survival, hunter vs. prey, and even environment vs. man. The author has masterfully described characteristics, scenery and movement in such a way that eac
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Penny Luker
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Natural History is a great book of rhyming poems by Tom Benson. There are forty-five poems for less than £1, so it’s very good value for money.
Within these poems there are messages to mankind about how the world’s resources are being wasted and how we need to treat animals better.
The reader can pick up factual information from many of the poems, e.g. in ‘Big Cats 1 - Cheetah.
In the poem ‘Fox Cub Toddler’ a narrative style is used about a young cub, who goes exploring, without his mother’s permi
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Max Power
Apr 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have read several novels by Tom Benson, all of which I enjoyed so I took a dip into his world of poetry knowing I would be in safe hands. I literally picked this up just the other day and shipped it to the top of my reading list as I knew it would be a quick read and I was glad I did. Great fun in poems like Lovely pair and A Captain’s Log and indeed lovely humorous observation pieces throughout. Never taking things too seriously, here is a selection of poems for the everyman to enjoy. A write ...more
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