A Poet's Guide to Britain

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Penguin UK, Oct 29, 2009 - Poetry - 368 pages
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Introduced and selected by the poet-presenter Owen Sheers, A Poet's Guide to Britain is a major poetry anthology that ties in with the BBC series of the same name.

Owen Sheers passionately believes that poems, and particularly poems of place, not only affect us as individuals, but can have the power to mark and define a collective experience - our identities, our country, our land. He has chosen six powerful poems, all personal favourites, and all poems that have become part of the way we see our landscape. The anthology follows a similar format to the BBC series itself, while also offering paper chains of poems about the landscape and nature of Britain, transcripts of contemporary poet interviews, and a short introduction to each lead poem.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
London and Cities
ALICE OSWALD
T S ELIOT
ANONYMOUS C 1726
MARY ROBINSON
WILLIAM DUNBAR
WILLIAM FOWLER
ANONYMOUS
EDWIN MUIR
JOHN BETJEMAN
JEN HADFIELD
LOUIS MACNEICE
HUGH MACDIARMID
ANONYMOUS

WALTER SCOTT
ALEXANDER SMITH
EDWIN MORGAN
SEAN OBRIEN
ANNE STEVENSON
DOUGLAS DUNN
DOUGLAS DUNN
SIMON ARMITAGE
TONY HARRISON
PAUL FARLEY
CAROL ANN DUFFY
ADAM ORIORDAN
PHILIP LARKIN
LOUIS MACNEICE
DANNIE ABSE
IDRIS DAVIES
W H AUDEN
GEORGE GORDON LORD BYRON
WILLIAM BLAKE
SAMUEL JOHNSON
THOMAS HARDY
LOUIS MACNEICE
FLEUR ADCOCK
W S GRAHAM
JOHN DRYDEN
SEAMUS HEANEY
SEAMUS HEANEY
JOANNA BAILLIE
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
D H LAWRENCE
LAURENCE BINYON
Villages and Towns
T S ELIOT
KATHRYN GRAY
WILLIAM BARNES
ANTHONY DUNN
DON PATERSON
SEAN OBRIEN
SIMON ARMITAGE
TONY HARRISON
EDWIN MUIR
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
JOHN BURNSIDE
U A FANTHORPE
DALJIT NAGRA
GEORGE CRABBE
CAROL ANN DUFFY
JOHN CLARE
THOMAS GRAY
JOHN BETJEMAN
STEPHEN SPENDER
JOSEPH BRODSKY
EDWARD THOMAS
IVOR GURNEY
PAUL HENRY
IDRIS DAVIES
HENRY VAUGHAN
DYLAN THOMAS
R S THOMAS
PHILIP LARKIN
GILLIAN CLARKE
ALAN BROWNJOHN
Mountains and Moorland
EMILY BRONT╦
TED HUGHES
CLARE POLLARD
ROBERT GRAVES
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
THOMAS GRAY
WALDO WILLIAMS
TED HUGHES
R S THOMAS
JOHN CLARE
ROBERT BURNS
JOHN KEATS
GEORGE GORDON LORD BYRON
GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS
EDWIN MUIR
KATHLEEN RAINE
SIR THOMAS WYATT
SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE
NORMAN NICHOLSON
R S THOMAS
EDWARD THOMAS
ALUN LEWIS
ROBERT MINHINNICK
EDWARD THOMAS
JO SHAPCOTT
Hanter Hill
TED HUGHES
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE
EMILY BRONT╦ OR CHARLOTTE BRONT╦
Islands
DON PATERSON
KATHLEEN RAINE
ALASTAIR REID
JOHN KEATS
NORMAN NICHOLSON
JOHN BETJEMAN
ROLAND MATHIAS
CHRISTINE EVANS
R S THOMAS
GWYNETH LEWIS
JOHN DAVIDSON
POLLY CLARK
ANONYMOUS
ANONYMOUS
T S ELIOT
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
W H AUDEN
RUARAIDH MACTHĎMAISDERICK THOMSON
Woods and Forests
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
CHRISTINA ROSSETTI
BRIAN PATTEN
ANDREW MARVELL
EDWARD LORD HERBERT OF CHERBURY
SIEGFRIED SASSOON
EDWARD THOMAS
ROBERT FROST
LLYWELYN AP Y MOEL
ANONYMOUS
EDMUND SPENSER
SIR THOMAS WYATT
LADY MARY WROTH
THOMAS HARDY
GWYNETH LEWIS
ANNE BRONT╦
CRAIG RAINE
TED HUGHES
THOMAS HARDY
GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
PAUL FARLEY
GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS
WALDO WILLIAMS
PHILIP LARKIN
A E HOUSMAN
JOHN CLARE
JOHN CLARE
RUDYARD KIPLING
DOUGLAS DUNN
ALEXANDER POPE
JACKIE KAY
JOHN CLARE
ALICE OSWALD
ELIZA KEARY
Coast and Sea
ROBERT BROWNING
THOMAS HARDY
THOMAS HARDY
CHARLOTTE SMITH
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
ANNE RIDLER
DAVID HARSENT
ALFRED LORD TENNYSON
EDWARD THOMAS
PETER PORTER
PHILIP LARKIN
CAROL RUMENS
ANNE STEVENSON
DANNIE ABSE
KATHLEAN JAMIE
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
MATTHEW HOLLIS
JEAN INGELOW
ANNE RIDLER
GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS
TED HUGHES
NORMAN NICHOLSON
JOHN BETJEMAN
FRANCES CORNFORD
MARGARET CAVENDISH DUCHESS OF NEWCASTLE
DALJIT NAGRA
U A FANTHORPE
SHEENAGH PUGH
MENNA ELFYN
SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE
JOHN KEATS
ROBERT GRAVES
ROBERT MINHINNICK
ALICE OSWALD
R S THOMAS
Copyright Acknowledgements
Index of Poets
Index of Poems and First Lines
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Owen Sheers was born in Fiji in 1974 and brought up in Abergavenny, South Wales. The winner of an Eric Gregory Award and the 1999 Vogue Young Writer's Award, his first collection of poetry, The Blue Book (Seren, 2000) was short-listed for the Welsh Book of the Year and the Forward Prize Best 1st Collection 2001. Owen has also written for Radio, TV and newspapers. In 2004 he was Writer in Residence at The Wordsworth Trust and was selected as one of the Poetry Book Society's 20 Next Generation Poets. Owen's 2nd collection of poetry, Skirrid Hill (Seren, 2005) won a 2006 Somerset Maugham Award. Owen's first novel, Resistance (Faber, 2008) won a 2008 Hospital Club Creative Award and was short-listed for the Writers Guild Best Book Award. Resistance is translated into nine languages.

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