Flora Poetica: The Chatto Book of Botanical Verse

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Sarah Maguire
Chatto & Windus, 2001 - Botany - 344 pages
'This new anthology is as entrancing as the lost gardens of Heligan - I cannot imagine an anthology anyone would enjoy more.' Ruth Padel, The IndependentThis beautifully compiled and designed anthology brings together over 250 poems about flowers, plants and trees from eight centuries of writing in English. Fourteenth-century lyrics sit next to poems of the twenty-first century; celebrations of plants native to the English soil share the volume with more exotic plant poetry from further afield, creating a cornucopia of intriguing juxtapositions. There are thirty poems about roses, by poets as diverse as Shakespeare, Dorothy Parker and the South African, Seitlhamo Motsapi; but there are also sections devoted to more unusual plants such as the mandrake, the starapple and the tamarind. An ex-gardener, the poet Sarah Maguire brings her extensive botanical knowledge to bear on all the poems, arranging them into botanical families, identifying the plants being written about and writing a fascinating introduction about how the history of flowers goes hand in hand with the history of English poetry. Whether you are a poetry lover, a gardener, a botanist, or simply the purchase of an occasional bouquet, this unique anthology allows you to luxuriate amidst the world's flora.

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Sarah Maguire is a successful poet, and also a keen botanist. She has worked closely with Kew and has done a two-year residency, organised by the Poetry Society as part of the POETRY PLACE scheme, as a poet attached to botanical gardens. She often broadcasts on Radio 3 and Radio 4 about poetry as well as botany, and teaches poetry on Arvon courses. She lives in London

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