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Penguin's Poems for Life

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 b PopSugar s 2015 Reading Challenge a book based entirely on its coverPoem for an Uninspired Poetry CollectionI have a very pretty bookits cover s uite divineClothbound hard backed ribboned thingNo crinkles on its spineIt claims its poems are for lifea most ambitious goalI m sad to say but not surprisedits best a fraction of the wholeIt is the inevitable fate it seemsfor chocolate box collectionsto be the sample not a wholefrom which to make selectionsAgabi Lewis Heaney greatDickinson Plath still owns But there s a jukebox in these stiff white pages and Blake is surely its Tom JonesBut what of the subjects of this book Not surprising I must saythat the themes that make up life it seemsproceed in a very Hallmark wayThere s birth and childhood adolescencefucking love and familyaging loss and seems I missed my cardfinancial responsibilityLife here is no bed of roses but stillits vision seems uite lackingIf Hallmark cards it were destined to fill then finebut Laura I still say you re slackingThis book reeks of its glossy sheenit s a nuclear family with a maiden aunt a gay cousin barely poking at the under seamI wanted from this but it can tFuck you

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Ol Ann Duffy via Shakespeare Keats and Lemn Sissay this book offers something for each of those moments in life whether falling in love finding your first grey hair or saying your final goodbyes when only a poem will d Very good introduction to general poetry and will be useful to dip in and out of for future reference

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Abies the book is divided into sections on childhood growing up making a living and making love family life getting older and approaching death ending with poems of mourning and commemorationRanging from Chaucer to Car The book opens with a beautiful heart felt preface from Laura Barber the curator of this book of poetry She tells the reader that the structure of the book was inspired by a passage from As You Like It in which the character Jacues describes a human life as having seven distinct stages This collection of poems is guaranteed to the reader to have something for every stage of your life but I don t think it lived up to its guarantee Death mourning and loss were a prevalent theme Even during what I thought would be the pleasant sections That coupled with the dense poetry made for daunting and melancholy reading Poetry isn t exactly my kick but I am getting better at reading it I think I m certainly reading broadly as this book features some well known poets Sylvia Plath William Blake Thomas Hardy as well as lesser known poets and poets from all walks of life But I still only enjoyed twelve of the poems in this collectionSome of the poems I enjoyed Escape at Bedtime by Robert Louis StevensonDutch Lullaby by Eugene Field Childhood and His Visitors by Winthrop Mackworth Praed Going Place by Lemn SissayThirty Bob a Week by John Davidson For Desire by Kim AddonizioThe Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock by TS EliotA Song of a Young LadyTo Her Ancient Lover by John Wilmot Dirge Without Music by Edna St Vincent Millay The Unuiet Grave by an anonymous 15th century poetTransformations by Thomas Hardy

  • Hardcover
  • 416
  • Penguin's Poems for Life
  • Laura Barber
  • English
  • 14 December 2018
  • 9780713999617

About the Author: Laura Barber

Laura Barber is the editorial director of Portobello Books Her publishing career began with summer internships and editing her college newspaper before landing her first proper job at Penguin where she eventually ended up running the Penguin Classics list In 2011 she started working with Portobello’s sister imprint Granta too and now acuires books for both lists At Portobello she publishe



10 thoughts on “Penguin's Poems for Life

  1. says:

    PopSugar's 2015 Reading Challenge a book based entirely on its coverPoem for an Uninspired Poetry CollectionI have a very pretty bookits cover’s uite divineClothbound hard backed ribboned thingNo crinkles on its spineIt claims its poems are for lifea most ambitious goalI’m sad to say but not surprisedits best a fraction of the wholeIt is

  2. says:

    Poems to take you from birth through life and then a little beyond Here is the perfect book of verse to inspire comfort and delight you for a lifetime Whether you ae celebrating the birth of a baby falling in love earning a living finding your first grey hair or saying your final goodbyes this rich and wide ranging treasury is ideal for those moments big or small that can only be marked with a poemI was given this as part of a graduation

  3. says:

    A nice sprinkle of poems for each of Shakespeare's seven ages of a life that's the inspiration for this book Everything you'd expect to be here is here William Wordsworth's Ode Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    A good collection of poems where the main theme is going through the different stages of life Very insightful and meaningful Essentially a joy to read Birth death You name it all the experiences are there

  6. says:

    The book opens with a beautiful heart felt preface from Laura Barber the curator of this book of poetry She tells the reader that the structure of the book was inspired by a passage from 'As You Like It' in which the character Jacues describes a human life as having seven distinct stages This collection of poems is guaranteed to the reader to have something for every stage of your life but I don't think it lived up to its guarantee Death mo

  7. says:

    Very good introduction to general poetry and will be useful to dip in and out of for future reference

  8. says:

    Selection of what I lovedRudyard Kipling IfLewis Carroll Rules and RegulationsLemn Sissay Going PlacesWH Davies LeisureBen Okri I Held You in the SuareKim Addonizio For DesireLemn Sissay Love PoemEdwin Muir The

  9. says:

    A lovely anthology of poems from Chaucer with helpful definitions on the side right up to Carol Ann Duffy and everyone in be

  10. says:

    A decent book of poems but not as good as Garrison Keillor's collection Good Poems for Hard Times

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