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…The poet’s eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.

William Shakespeare



Some volumes on these lists are out of print, but are usually available second hand.


The Poetry For Young People editions published by Sterling Children’s Books make fine introductions to the work of the following poets: Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Carl Sandburg, William Shakespeare, Rudyard Kipling, Edgar Allan Poe, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, W.B. Yeats and Robert Louis Stevenson.

ed. William Sieghart. Winning Words, Inspiring Poems For Everyday Life (Faber and Faber)

ed. Angela Macmillan. A Little, Aloud: an Anthology Of Prose and Poetry For Reading Aloud To Someone You Care For (Chatto and Windus)

Angela MacMillan and Michael Morpugo. A Little, Aloud For Children (Chatto and Windus)

ed.Hayden Carruth. The Voice That Is Great Within Us (Bantam, Doubleday, Dell)

Jack Prelutsky.Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant and Other Poems( Greenwillow Books)

ed.Lynn Strongin. The Sorrow Psalms. A Book of Twentieth century Elegy( Iowa)

ed. Carolyn Forche. Against Forgetting : Twentieth Century Poetry of Witness

Carol Ann Duffy. New and Collected Poems for Children (Faber)

ed. Robin Skelton. Poetry of the Thirties ( Penguin)

ed. Robin. Skelton. Poetry of the Forties (Penguin)

ed. Daniel Karlin. The Penguin Book of Victorian Verse (Penguin)

ed. David Wright.The Mid Century : English Poetry 1940-1960 (Penguin)

ed. R.K.R.Thornton. Poetry of the Nineties (Penguin)

ed. Valentine Cunningham. The Penguin Book of Spanish Civil War Verse (Penguin)

ed. Phyllis Levin. The Penguin Book of the Sonnet (Penguin)

ed.Harold Bloom. The Best Poems of the English Language (Harper Collins)

ed.Germaine Greer. Lines of Life. 101 Poems by 101 Women (Faber)

ed. Simon Armitage. Short And Sweet 101 very short poems (Faber)

ed. Christopher Reid. Sounds Good 101 Poems to be Heard (Faber)

ed. . A Quark for Mister Mark. 101 Poems about Science ( Faber)

ed. Ted Hughes. By Heart. 101 Poems to Remember (Faber)

ed. Don Paterson. 101 Sonnets from Shakespeare to Heaney (Faber).

Louis Zukofsky. A Test of Poetry (Wesleyan/New England)

ed. Robert Nye. The Faber Book of Sonnets (Faber)

ed.Rees-Jones. Modern Women Poets (Bloodaxe)

ed.Tod Marshall. Range of Voices. A Collection of Contemporary Poets (EWUP)

G.B.Harrison. A Book of English Poetry (Penguin)

ed.Hass et al. American Poetry. The Twentieth Century. Vols 1,2

ed. Norman Ault. Elizabethan Lyrics (Faber)

Walter de la Mare. Behold, This Dreamer (Faber)

ed.J.D.McClatchy. The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry

ed. J.M. Cohen The Rider Book of Mystical Verse (Rider)

ed. Huntington Cairns. The Limits of Art. Vols 1,2,3 (Princeton)

ed.BBC. The Nation’s Favourite Poems (BBC)

ed. Poems on the Underground

ed. Ivo Mosley. The Green Book of Poetry (Frontier Publishing)

ed. Paul Muldoon. the Faber Book of Contemporary Irish Poetry (Faber)

ed. Robert Bly. The Soul Is Here For Its Own Joy.Sacred Poems from Many Cultures (Ecco)

ed. Robert Penn Warren and Albert Erskine. Six Centuries of Great Poetry (Dell)

ed. Robert Bly. News of The Universe. Poems of Twofold Consciousness (Sierra Club Books )

ed. Czeslaw Milosz. A Book of Luminous Things (Harcourt Brace)

ed. Neil Astley. Staying Alive real poems for unreal times (Bloodaxe)

ed. Charles Williams. The New Book of English Verse (Victor Gollancz)

ed. Harmon. The Classic 100 Poems (Highbridge)

ed.Harmon. The Top 500 Poems (Columbia)

A Book of Narrative Verse (Oxford)

ed.Wyndham Lewis and Charles Lee. The Stuffed Owl: An Anthology of Bad Verse (Everyman)

ed. Richard Caddel and Peter Quartermain.Other. British and Irish Poetry since 1970 (Wesleyan/New England

ed. E.Phelps and G.Summerfield. Four Seasons (Oxford)

ed.Pinsky and Dietz. America’s Favourite Poems (Norton)

ed. Hulse,Kennedy,Morley. The New Poetry (Bloodaxe)

ed. Bly, Hillman.Meade. The Rag and Bone Shop of the Heart Poems For Men (Harper Perennial)

Wendy Cope. The Funny Side.

ed.Lehman. Great American Prose Poems (Scribner)

ed. Edward Lucie-Smith. The Penguin Book of Elizabethan Verse (Penguin)

ed. Helen Garner. The Metaphysical Poets (Penguin)

ed. Ian Hamilton. Odes (Bloomsbury)

ed. Peter Washington. Love Poems (Everyman)

ed. Robert Pinsky and Maggie Dietz. Poems To Read (Norton)

ed. Michael Schmidt. The Harvill Book of Twentieth-Century Poetry in English (Harvill Press Editions)

ed. Jerome Rothenberg. Technicians of The Sacred A Range of Poetries from Africa, America, Asia, Europe & Oceania (California)

ed. Paul Matthews. With My Heart in my Mouth – A Poetry Anthology (Rudolf Steiner Press)

ed. Charles Causley. The Sun Dancing (Puffin)

ed. George Macbeth. The Penguin Book of Animal Verse (Penguin)

ed. Michael Chapman. The New Century of South African Verse (AD Donker Publishers)

ed. Rothenberg and Jois. Poems For The Millenium. The University of California Book of Modern & Postmodern Poetry

Volume One and Volume Two (California)

ed. David Impastato. Upholding Mystery An Anthology of Contemporary Christian Poetry (Oxford)

ed. R.S.Thomas. The Penguin Book of Religious Verse (Penguin)

ed. Walt Taylor. English Sonnets (Longman, Green and Co)

ed. W.H.Auden,J.Garrett The Poet’s Tongue.

B. Moses. Poems of Childhood

M.Sweeney. Irish Poems

M.Stephen. Never Such Innocence

Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney. The Rattle Bag

Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney. The School Bag

The Blackwell Series. Poetry From …..

Methuen. Poems for Everyday

ed. Light And Dust Anthology of Poetry






The Craft Of Poetry

B.Wormser and D. Capella. Teaching The Art of Poetry, The Moves. (LEA)

B.Wormser and D.Capella. A Surge of Language. Teaching Poetry Day by Day. (Heinemann)

Mary Oliver. Rules for the Dance. A Handbook For Writing and Reading Metrical Verse. (Mariner Books)

Mary Oliver. A Poetry Handbook. A Prose Guide to Understanding and Writing Poetry.(Harcourt Brace)

Tom Paulin. The Secret Life of Poems. A Poetry Primer.( Faber)

Robert Pinsky. The Sounds of Poetry, A Brief Guide. (FSG)

Mark Strand. The Making Of A Poem

Ruth Padel.The Poem and the Journey (And Sixty Poems to Read Along the Way)( Chatto & Windus/Random House)

John Hollander. Rhyme’s Reason.

Alfred Corn. The Poem’s Heartbeat.

John Thompson.The Founding of English Meter

Helen Vendler. Poems, Poets, Poetry

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