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BBC Radio 4's Poetry Please is the longest-running broadcast of verse anywhere in the world. First aired in 1979, the programme, a request show which broadcasts to two million listeners a week, has become a unique record of the country's best-loved poems over the decades since its inception. The BBC has looked back through its rich archive of recordings to produce a poll of BBC Radio 4's Poetry Please is the longest-running broadcast of verse anywhere in the world. First aired in 1979, the programme, a request show which broadcasts to two million listeners a week, has become a unique record of the country's best-loved poems over the decades since its inception. The BBC has looked back through its rich archive of recordings to produce a poll of the most asked for and most broadcast pieces ever: it is those poems that this anthology brings together here. A showcase, in effect, for the nation's favourite verse, Poetry Please is a treasure trove for our most requested and most listened to poems of all time. It is a compelling invitation for readers of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate the verse that we care so much about: from new readers to old, from schools to reading groups, this a book for giving, a book for cherishing.


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BBC Radio 4's Poetry Please is the longest-running broadcast of verse anywhere in the world. First aired in 1979, the programme, a request show which broadcasts to two million listeners a week, has become a unique record of the country's best-loved poems over the decades since its inception. The BBC has looked back through its rich archive of recordings to produce a poll of BBC Radio 4's Poetry Please is the longest-running broadcast of verse anywhere in the world. First aired in 1979, the programme, a request show which broadcasts to two million listeners a week, has become a unique record of the country's best-loved poems over the decades since its inception. The BBC has looked back through its rich archive of recordings to produce a poll of the most asked for and most broadcast pieces ever: it is those poems that this anthology brings together here. A showcase, in effect, for the nation's favourite verse, Poetry Please is a treasure trove for our most requested and most listened to poems of all time. It is a compelling invitation for readers of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate the verse that we care so much about: from new readers to old, from schools to reading groups, this a book for giving, a book for cherishing.

30 review for Poetry Please

  1. 4 out of 5

    Rikke

    “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.” – Robert Frost I've recently realized that I cannot read poetry when my head is full and my mind is racing, spinning with thoughts, concerns and decisions I need to make. I cannot read poetry when I'm feeling stressed; I cannot concentrate and I read the words instead of their meaning. This is odd as I suspect many people feel differently. Poetry is liquid beauty and “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.” – Robert Frost I've recently realized that I cannot read poetry when my head is full and my mind is racing, spinning with thoughts, concerns and decisions I need to make. I cannot read poetry when I'm feeling stressed; I cannot concentrate and I read the words instead of their meaning. This is odd as I suspect many people feel differently. Poetry is liquid beauty and does for some people invoke a sense of escapism, of calmness and meditation. Poetry offers a way to read deeply, one word at a time, to taste every sentence and enjoy the melody the combined letters is able to produce. For many people poetry is a way of reading that makes them forget stress; for me it is a way of reading that is hindered by stress. I began reading this monumental volume of exquisite poetry in September. I have only just finished it now; in these quiet and snowy days after Christmas. Sadly, I haven't had the time nor the quietness of mind to appreciate this anthology during September, October or November. “Cats, no less liquid than their shadows, Offer no angles to the wind.” – A. S. J. Tessimond "Poetry Please" offers a vast collection of poetry. BBC has collected some of the most loved and wellknown English poems. Magnificent writers such as Yeats, Tennyson, Keats, Lord Byron, Shelley, E. E. Cummings and of course Shakespeare are represented fully throughout this volume, but lesser known poets have found their way in as well. I was delighted to meet some new names among these pages. “The trees are in their autumn beauty, The woodland paths are dry, Under the October twilight the water Mirrors a still sky; Upon the brimming water among the stones Are nine-and-fifty swans.” – W. B. Yeats

  2. 5 out of 5

    Darienne

    Nostalgic! Takes me back to high school.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sinead

    I made it one of my new years resolutions to go back to reading poetry and Im so glad I started with this book. It took me back to being a teenager and reading 'serious' poetry for the first time. I forgot how calming and meditative it is to read aloud poems (on my own, of course!) I re-read poems I knew almost by heart and then read poets that I'd heard a great deal about but never read before. Of course, there were a few I skimmed over but that is the way with anthologies of poetry - not all p I made it one of my new years resolutions to go back to reading poetry and Im so glad I started with this book. It took me back to being a teenager and reading 'serious' poetry for the first time. I forgot how calming and meditative it is to read aloud poems (on my own, of course!) I re-read poems I knew almost by heart and then read poets that I'd heard a great deal about but never read before. Of course, there were a few I skimmed over but that is the way with anthologies of poetry - not all poetry will appeal to the reader.

  4. 5 out of 5

    David Sinck

    This thick tome belongs on every literary coffee table. All the classics are here; some modern stuff, some half-remembered-from-school-stuff, some should-know-but-don't stuff. Birth, death, love, all subjects are covered. Not every poem appears necessarily top notch, because that's what poetry is like - it touches different people in different ways. But as a collection this is top notch - and more.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    This is a really broad anthology, organized well, and covering many areas of life - love, childhood, death, war, etc. Because of this, there were some sections that I just really didn't connect with and some that I really did. But it's worth reading and worth keeping on your shelf!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Hirst

    I thought this book would get me back into reading poetry and am really enjoying it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Una Rose

    Great selection of both classic and modern poetry. All my favorites were here and I was introduced to alot of new poetry as well. Excellent collection!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    How do you rate a collection of poems? Especially when you have no knowledge of English poems to begin with?? Let's just say I thoroughly enjoyed it.. :)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lyndee

    A lovely collection! took some committment to get through the whol thing! But well worth the read regardless!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

  11. 5 out of 5

    The Logophile

  12. 5 out of 5

    Robert

  13. 4 out of 5

    Thesaura

  14. 4 out of 5

    James Gw

  15. 5 out of 5

    Russ Kennedy

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rebekka Nightingale

  17. 5 out of 5

    Catharine

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Syson

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jade

  20. 5 out of 5

    A

  21. 4 out of 5

    Steve

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Daniels

  23. 5 out of 5

    Connor Prosser

  24. 5 out of 5

    Betsy Everett

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alice Neal

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

  27. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Graves

  28. 5 out of 5

    Terryh

  29. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

  30. 4 out of 5

    Keegan Hoyle

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