Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Poetry - August 2021



Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in British & Irish Poetry. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Leather-bound Classics)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Poetry - August 2021

No library is complete without the classics! This leather-bound edition includes the complete works of the playwright and poet William Shakespeare, considered by many to be the English language’s greatest writer. Romeo and Juliet , A Midsummer Night’s Dream , King Lear , Hamlet , and Macbeth —the works of William Shakespeare still resonate in our imaginations four centuries after they were written. The timeless characters and themes of the Bard’s plays fascinate us with their joys, struggles, and triumphs, and now they are available in a special volume for Shakespeare fans everywhere. This Canterbury Classics edition of William Shakespeare’s works includes all of his poems and plays in an elegant, leather-bound, keepsake edition. Whether for a Shakespeare devotee or someone just discovering him, this is the perfect place to experience the drama of Shakespeare’s words. A scholarly introduction provides additional context and insight into the poems and plays. Specially designed end papers, a ribbon bookmark, and other enhancements complete the package and make this the perfect gift for any lover of literature—a book to read and treasure!

  • Author: William Shakespeare
  • Publisher: Canterbury Classics; Lea edition (October 1, 2014)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 978-1626860988
  • Dimensions: 6.25 x 2.8 x 9.25 inches

                 

2. Paradise Lost


Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Poetry - August 2021

This book is one of the classic book of all time.

  • Author: John Milton
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry, Regional & Cultural, European, British & Irish

                 

3. We All Belong: A Children's Book About Diversity, Race and Empathy


Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Poetry - August 2021

Get your copy of the #1 Bestseller in Children's Books on Tolerance & Manners (Amazon, UK, Sept. 2020). We all live in the one world together. Let's see how we're different in some ways and the same in other ways. We all Belong' is a beautifully written and illustrated children's picture book that recognises and celebrates the diversity in a caring group of children. A wonderfully flowing, rhyming poem about respect... whatever our culture, whatever the colour of our skin. If you like 'All the ways to be smart', you will treasure this. A stunning poem about inclusion, with excellent representation of different cultures. Much-needed in today's society. By recognising differences between cultures and races, and appreciating that everyone is beautiful, children can grow up with empathy - appreciating others around them. 'We all Belong' gives young readers a safe space to see themselves and others through a diverse group of characters. The book includes an activity at the end, to help children appreciate how we are all similar in some ways and different in other ways too. Awards #1 Bestseller in Children’s Books on Tolerance (UK) #1 Bestseller in Children's Books on Manners (UK) #1 Bestseller in Children's Books on First Day of School (UK) #1 New Release in Children's Around the World Books (US) #1 New Release in Children's Books on Immigration (US) #1 Bestseller in Children’s Books on Multiculturalism & Tolerance (Canada) Amazon, August & September 2020 It's vital that kids see differences, rather than live in a colour-blind world. By creating a friendly school environment, Nathalie and Alex's book gives kids access their own familiar world, and fills it with the love and kindness of a multicultural group of children. There's a closeness between the children, a proximity, that encourages empathy, not racism, to grow. Nathalie Goss is a black French Caribbean illustrator and author, with a bilingual, mixed race family, living in the UK. She shares her creativity, kindness and wisdom. There is an authenticity to this piece of poetry, written with Alex Goss. For UK and US kids: Relevant and written for both UK (British) and US (American) families and schools. Multicultural representation: Characters from Black, African, Caribbean, Asian, White, Biracial, Mixed Race and Indian heritage share feelings on how they are different and how they are the same. Age-appropriate: This kid's book will be adored by children of all ages, and grown ups too. Ideal way to gently introduce conversations about race with children of all ages, from preschoolers, toddlers through to grade 3 and primary school. What Amazon readers are saying: ★★★★★ "Great little book with a BIG message” ★★★★★ "A great book, so needed these days." ★★★★ "A great way to start a discussion with your own children or pupils." ★★★★★ "Lovely rhyming book about diversity” ★★★★★ “Encourages kids (young and old ) on every page to remember, and for some of us rediscover, a simple fact in our complex world: we are amazing. Great artwork, great writing, love the book" 4th edition: New copies bought from October 16 2020 include a fun drawing activity and some small grammar corrections. Get your copy of the heart-warming, beautifully illustrated book with a big message.

  • Author: Nathalie Goss
  • Publisher: Independently published (July 30, 2020)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 979-8670945912
  • Dimensions: 8.25 x 0.1 x 8.25 inches

                 

4. The Lost Spells


Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Poetry - August 2021

Since its publication in 2017, The Lost Words has enchanted readers with its poetry and illustrations of the natural world. Now, The Lost Spells , a book kindred in spirit and tone, continues to re-wild the lives of children and adults. The Lost Spells evokes the wonder of everyday nature, conjuring up red foxes, birch trees, jackdaws, and more in poems and illustrations that flow between the pages and into readers’ minds. Robert Macfarlane’s spell-poems and Jackie Morris’s watercolour illustrations are musical and magical: these are summoning spells, words of recollection, charms of protection. To read The Lost Spells is to see anew the natural world within our grasp and to be reminded of what happens when we allow it to slip away.

  • Author: Robert MacFarlane
  • Publisher: Anansi International; Illustrated edition (October 27, 2020)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 978-1487007799
  • Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.1 x 7 inches

                 

5. English Romantic Poetry: An Anthology (Dover Thrift Editions)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Poetry - August 2021

Encompassing a broad range of subjects, styles, and moods, English poetry of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries is generally classified under the term "Romantic," suggesting an emphasis on imagination and individual experience, as well as a preoccupation with such theme as nature, death, and the supernatural. This volume contains a rich selection of poems by England's six greatest poets: William Blake (24 poems, including "The Tyger" and "Auguries of Innocence"), William Wordsworth (27 poems, including "Ode: Intimations of Immortality" and "I wandered lonely as a cloud"), Samuel Taylor Coleridge (10 poems, including "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" and "Kubla Khan"), Lord Byron (16 poems, including "The Prisoner of Chillon" and selections from Don Juan and Childe Harold's Pilgrimage ), Percy Bysshe Shelley (24 poems, including "Ode to the West Wind" and "Adonis"), John Keats (22 poems, including all the great odes, "Isabella," and "The Eve of St. Agnes"). For this edition, Stanley Appelbaum has provided a concise Introduction to the Romantic period and brief commentaries on the poets represented. The result is a carefully selected anthology that will be welcomed by lovers of poetry, students, and teachers alike.

  • Author: William Blake
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Edition Unstated (November 8, 1996)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 978-0486292823
  • Dimensions: 5.21 x 0.64 x 8.24 inches

                 



6. David Whyte: Essentials


Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Poetry - August 2021

It is not a coincidence that this book will slide easily into your jacket pocket; you ll want to keep it close for unexpected moments, those gifts of small, beckoning spaciousness amidst all our obligations and necessities. In addition to works written over a span of many years, plus one new poem and one new essay, the book contains David s personal reflections for many of the pieces, providing deeper context to its meaning. In some ways an artistic representation of a close circle of companionship to the work and to the man : edited by his wife, and designed and typeset by close friends Edward Wates and John Nielson, the book forms an elegant testament to David Whyte's most closely-held understanding - that human life cannot be apportioned out as one thing or another; rather, it is best lived as a living conversation, a way between and beyond, made beautiful by darkness as well as light, at its essence both deeply solitary and profoundly communal.

  • Author: David Whyte
  • Publisher: Many Rivers Press (January 1, 2020)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 978-1932887501
  • Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 7 inches

                 

7. Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience (Dover Thrift Editions)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Poetry - August 2021

As both painter and poet, William Blake (1757–1827) was a powerful and visionary artist whose two early collections of poetry, Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience , contain memorable lyric verses embodying the emerging spirit of Romanticism. The two works were published together in 1794 with the subtitle, "Shewing the Two Contrary States of the Human Soul." The poems of Songs of Innocence describe childhood states of naturalness and purity in delicately beautiful lyrics that reveal a child's unspoiled and beatific view of life and human nature. In Songs of Experience the mood and tone darken, the poems suggesting the bitter corruptions and disillusionment that await the innocent. The contrast between the two sets of lyrics is perhaps at its most acute in the poems "The Lamb" and "The Tyger," the latter ultimately expressing wonderment at the seemingly paradoxical coexistence of good and evil. The full texts of all the poems in the 1794 edition of both collections are included in this volume. Includes a selection from the Common Core State Standards Initiative: "The Echoing Green."

  • Author: William Blake
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (March 12, 2012)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry

                 

8. Much Ado About Nothing


Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Poetry - August 2021

Much Ado About Nothing is a comedic play by William Shakespeare thought to have been written in 1598 and 1599, as Shakespeare was approaching the middle of his career. The play was included in the First Folio, published in 1623. Much Ado About Nothing is generally considered one of Shakespeare's best comedies, because it combines elements of robust hilarity with more serious meditations on honor, shame, and court politics.By means of "noting" (which, in Shakespeare's day, sounded the same as "nothing," and which is gossip, rumour, and overhearing), Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other, and Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar on the erroneous belief that she has been unfaithful. At the end, Benedick and Beatrice join forces to set things right, and the others join in a dance celebrating the marriages of the two couples.

  • Author: William Shakespeare
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 24, 2019)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 978-1512100006
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.25 x 9 inches

                 

9. The Poems of T. S. Eliot: Read by Jeremy Irons


Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Poetry - August 2021

Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4, Jeremy Irons' perceptive reading illuminates the poetry of T. S. Eliot in all its complexity. Major poems range from 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' through the post-war desolation of 'The Waste Land' and the spiritual struggle of 'Ash-Wednesday', to the enduring charm of 'Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats'.  The Spectator praised Jeremy Irons' interpretation as 'so accessible, reading Eliot as if finding his words for the first time, grappling with them, relishing them, using them to express feelings that we all share as we struggle to accept, to recognise or relinquish'. Dame Eileen Atkins also appears alongside Jeremy Irons in the reading of 'The Waste Land'.  UPDATED EDITION WITH POEM TITLES FOR EASY NAVIGATION.

  • Author: T. S. Eliot
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry, Regional & Cultural, European, British & Irish

                 

10. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: with Pearl and Sir Orfeo


Top 10 Best Books to Read in British & Irish Poetry - August 2021

This smart new paperback edition contains the fully-reset text of three medieval English poems, translated by Tolkien for the modern-day reader and containing romance, tragedy, love, sex and honour. It features a beautifully decorated text and includes as a bonus the complete version of Tolkien’s acclaimed lecture on Sir Gawain. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Pearl are two poems by an unknown author written in about 1400. Sir Gawain is a romance, a fairy-tale for adults, full of life and colour; but it is also much more than this, being at the same time a powerful moral tale which examines religious and social values. Pearl is apparently an elegy on the death of a child, a poem pervaded with a sense of great personal loss: but, like Gawain it is also a sophisticated and moving debate on much less tangible matters. Sir Orfeo is a slighter romance, belonging to an earlier and different tradition. It was a special favourite of Tolkien’s. The three translations represent the complete rhyme and alliterative schemes of the originals, and are uniquely accompanied with the complete text of Tolkien’s acclaimed 1953 W.P. Ker Memorial Lecture that he delivered on Sir Gawain.

  • Author: Edited By Christopher Tolkien Translated By J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (April 29, 2021)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, Poetry
  • ISBN: 978-0008433932
  • Dimensions: 5.08 x 0.79 x 7.8 inches