Thomas Carlyle born 1795: He wrote The French Revolution: After the completed manuscript of the first volume was accidentally burned by the philosopher John Stuart Mill's maid, Carlyle wrote the second and third volumes before rewriting the first from scratch.
Our expert poetry reviewer is Liam Parkin. To find out more about his passion for poetry click here. National Poetry Day, this year based on the theme of water was on 3 October. Click here to find out more.
Poetry Please Roger Mcgough
BBC Radio 4's Poetry Please is the longest-running broadcast of verse anywhere in the world. This book presents a treasure trove for our most requested and most listened to poems of all time. Format: Hardback - Released: 03/10/2013
You Made Me Late Again! My New Collection Pam Ayres
From the dog being afraid of the toaster to your son leaving home for university; and from the search for that perfect swimsuit to becoming a gran for the first time, this title includes poems that deal with everyday and... Format: Hardback - Released: 26/09/2013
1914: Poetry Remembers Carol Ann Duffy
The First World War holds a unique place in the nation's history; the poetry it produced, a unique place in the nation's hearts. To mark the centenary of the First World War in 2014, the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy,... Format: Hardback - Released: 26/10/2013
Feeling in need of some inspiration? Poetry can often reach those literary parts that other genres can't quite get to. Whether you are hoping to ruminate on life's complexity or are looking to have your funnybone ticked, we've got a selection of titles to appeal to all tastes...
As Carol Ann Duffy says in her introduction to The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems : ‘The best of poetry is memorable, as prayers are, and in this wonderful selection of classic poems both young and older readers will find something that will stay with them, or has stayed with them, all of their lives’.
Since National Poetry Day was founded in 1994, it has engaged millions of people across the country with live events, happenings, classroom activities, conversations, broadcasts, semi-comprehensible tweets and spontaneous uncontrollable outbursts of poetry. From 1999 onwards, National Poetry Day has been loosely “themed”: the theme is not prescriptive but it serves to kick start inspiration. In 2013, the theme is “water, water everywhere” in homage to one of the nation’s best-known (and most-frequently misquoted) lines of poetry.
The Shipwrecked House Claire Trevien
Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2013.
Struck through with brilliant and sometimes sinister imagery reminiscent of Pan's Labyrinth or an Angela Carter novel, The Shipwrecked House is a unique...
Memorial Alice Oswald
Matthew Arnold praised the Iliad for its 'nobility', as has everyone ever since - but ancient critics praised it for its enargeia, its 'bright unbearable reality' (the word used when...
The Overhaul Kathleen Jamie
Winner of the Costa Poetry Award 2012.
Shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize for Poetry 2012.
The Overhaul is Kathleen Jamie's first collection since the award-winning The Tree House, and it...
Human Chain Seamus Heaney
Seamus Heaney's new collection elicits continuities and solidarities, between husband and wife, child and parent, then and now, inside an intently remembered present - the stepping stones of the day,...
Division Street Helen Mort
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2013.
This is shortlisted for the T.S Eliot prize 2013. A stone is lobbed in '84, hangs like a star over Orgreave. Welcome to Sheffield....