Free download ´ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ç Simon ArmitageI m amazed the editors could publish a 300 page anthology of English language bird poems and omit Mary Oliver especially her poem Wild Geese For me the book suffers a bit from the usual problem of anthologies that lean too much on centuries dead male poets John Clare apparently wrote bird poems than anyone but I didn t Chicken Licken relisheading so many archaic poems or so many omantics with all their exclamation points and zealous bliss Despite this failing I was surprised how much I enjoyed the book It did include contemporary even American poets and a handful of women The editors wanted a historic overview while I wanted a modern approachIncluded were many poems I expected to see Ode to a Nightingale by Keats an excerpt from The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner by Cooleridge Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Wallace Stevens and Hope is the thing with feathers by Dickinson probably my favorite poem in the book although its birds are metaphorical Also absent Poe s The Raven Most of the poems I had never eadTed Hughes is credited with bringing English poets back to the birds so the collection features ten poems by I particularly enjoyed how he captured what most of us think of as the
nasty of starlings in Starlings Have Come Tumbling the sparrows with a drop kickpersonality of starlings in Starlings Have Come Tumbling the sparrows with a drop kick Satanic hoodlum a cross eyed bossBlack body crammed with hot ubiesAnd Ant. A STUNNING COLLECTION OF POEMS CURATED BY THE NEW POET LAUREATE AND THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF FOUR FIELDS 'Some of the most ethereal verse ever written' Sunday Telegraph 'A glorious colle. ,
Hrax under your nails Some other favorites are The Blue Booby by James Tate a charming account of mating ituals The Blinded Bird by Thomas Hardy and The Sandpiper by Elizabeth Bishop I was also fascinated that Bishop s name was mentioned in two other
Poems Hardy Paid HomageHardy paid homage Shelley in Shelly s Skylark Though it only lived like another birdAnd knew not its immortality After a Koshka's Tales: Stories from Russia run of prize winning slim volumes by individual poets it was good to come to a substantial anthology on a single concrete topic Yay I thought I am going to knowoughly what these are all about and once I d The Deadly Art of Love and Murder realised there was a notes section at the end mostly but not entirely ornithological it was even betterIt was an interesting way to gain a better understanding of my own tastes there are inclusions from famous men that just left me cold and bored thinking Oh you do go on John Clare whose work appears than any another doesn t uite fit this category for his close observation andelative lack of gushiness I greeted each unsentimental Ted Hughes inclusion warmly whether or not I ecognised it as his I especially enjoyed several poems in
Scots Always Good To Bealways good to be into eading a poem aloud and the poems about sparrows I liked the way that ather than select a single poem per species the greater propensity of
certain species to inspire poetry was eflectedI feel the anthol. Ction of works old and new'species to inspire poetry was RSPB Pocket Garden Birdwatch reflectedI feel the anthol. Ction of works old and new' on Sunday'Truly inexhaustible to beead again and again' Daily Mail 'A The Courtship Maneuver (The Alpha Billionaire Club - Book 2) rich and sustaining larder a marvellouslyealized sourcebook of flights of.
*CRITERIA MOST OF THE POEMS ARE *most of the poems are British Birds Or British birds or British perspective obviously including Coleridge s infamous albatross but there s a scattering of North American birds and that just seemed to jar there weren t enough to work And there were very few about other parts of the world or in translation So I feel they could usefully have been either exclusive or much inclusiveI was also a bit surprised at what didn t appear wot no aven uothing Never A fine anthology by the new Poet Laureate As with any anthology a eader can take issue with what is in and what is out So Adlestrop that tedious anthology piece is included for one line And for that minute a blackbird sang Hardly a penetrating view of bird song And not a single line by Shakespeare Then again Gunn s marvellous Patchwork is included which shows that Armitage has been birdwatching off the beaten track The eal bird gems come from John Clare who is worth than dreamy Keats and waffly Wordsworth to the bird lover Interesting book as the title clearly says a collection of avian poetry If your interested in the
Probably The Most Observedthe most observed wildlife around us and perhaps only a smidgin of interest in poetry like myself then this should prove time well spent The background info and footnotes add to the flavour too It s one you can pick up and put down at anytime. Feathered fancy' Guardian 'A life affirming celebration of the commonplace yet enduringly mysterious creatures we share this world with and the poetry they have inspired' Daily Telegraph.