French writer and existentialist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1964 which he subsequently declined. He was the first person in history of the award to voluntarily and unrelentingly refuse it. Read books by John-Paul Sartre
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
First World War Poems Jane McMorland-Hunter
There are all the famous frontline poets - including Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon and Edward Thomas - but also civilians writing from the Home Front, including Rudyard Kipling and Vera Brittain. The poems are organised into themed chapters, ranging from... Format: Hardback - Released: 04/07/2014
The Divine Comedy Clive James, Dante Alighieri
Shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award 2013.
Renowned critic and poet Clive James presents the crowning achievement of his career: a monumental translation of Dante's Divine Comedy. Format: Hardback - Released: 18/07/2013
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.
Drysalter Michael Symmons Roberts
Winner of the Costa Poetry Award 2013.
This is Roberts' most expansive writing yet: mystical, philosophical, earthy and elegiac. Drysalter sings of the world's unceasing ability to surprise, and the shock...
Parallax Sinead Morrissey
Winner of the TS Eliot prize for poetry 2013.
In Parallax Sinead Morrissey documents what is caught, and what is lost, when houses and cityscapes, servants and saboteurs ('the different people...
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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...