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From William Shakespeare to Carol Ann Duffy, our most popular and best loved poets and poems are gathered in one essential collection, alongside many lesser known treasures that are waiting to be discovered. These are poems that help you to see the miraculous in the commonplace and turn the everyday into the exceptional - to discover, in Kipling's words, that yours is the Earth and everything that's in it.
As Sebastian Faulkes explains in his foreword to this anthology, it came about by way of a search for some lines of poetry to be reproduced on the walls of the Olympic village in the London Games of 2012. The lines eventually used came from the end of Tennyson’s ‘Ulysses’ ‘…that which we are, we are; / One equal temper of heroic hearts, / Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will / To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.’ And that laudable idea of striving to do one’s best whatever the situation inspires many of the poems here.
Publication date: 19/03/2015
Publisher: Faber & Faber
|Publication date:||19th March 2015|
|Publisher:||Faber & Faber|
|Categories:||Poetry anthologies (various poets),|
William Sieghart has had a distinguished career in publishing and the arts. He founded Forward Publishing in 1988 and subsequently the Forward Poetry Prizes and National Poetry Day. He has edited Poems of the Decade (2001 and 2011) and, annually since 1993, The Forward Book of Poetry.More About William Sieghart