Would have missed out on almost of "the i had from this booknote i "enjoyment I had from this bookNote I not that big into poetry so I was expecting a mediocre for me read but this was below expectations As the editors mentions in their afterword birds are the creatures we see or hear most often in our lives The poets featured are from the UK Ireland and the US John Clare s work appears most often as the poems are arranged ornithologically Clare was clearly a keen birder A fine anthology by the new Poet Laureate As with any anthology a reader 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 Real Bird Gems Come From John Clare Who The real bird gems come from John Clare who worth than dreamy Keats and waffly Wordsworth to the bird lover I 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 sual problem of anthologies that lean too much on centuries dead male poets John Clare apparently wrote bird poems than anyone but I didn t relish reading so many archaic poems or so many romantics 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 Dick. Ction of works old and new' Independent on Sunday'Truly inexhaustible to be read again and again' Daily Mail 'A rich and sustaining larder a marvellously realized sourcebook of flights of.
Summary The Poetry of BirdsAfter a run of prize winning slim volumes by individual poets it was "good to come to a substantial anthology on a single concrete topic Yay "to come to a substantial anthology on a single concrete topic Yay thought I am going to know roughly what these are all about and once I d realised there was a notes section
AT THE END MOSTLY BUT NOT ENTIRELY ORNITHOLOGICAL ITthe end mostly but not entirely ornithological it even betterIt was an interesting way to gain a better Poison (Med Center, 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 tite fit this category for his close observation and relative lack of gushiness I greeted each nsentimental Ted Hughes inclusion warmly whether or not I recognised it as his I especially enjoyed several poems in Scots always good to be pushed into reading a poem aloud and the poems about sparrows I liked the way that rather than select a single poem per species the greater propensity of certain species to inspire poetry was reflectedI feel the anthologists made a mistake in their criteria most of the poems are about British birds or a 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 #there were very few about other parts of the world or in translation So I feel could sefully have been either exclusive or much inclusiveI was also a bit surprised at what didn t appear wot no raven Pedro and Me uothing Never A compilation of mostly mediocre poems many racist with at times interesting facts stored in the backI don tnderstand why racism was necessary in a book about poetry involving birdsI also don t nderstand where there was an appendix of facts why wasn t it simply placed within the main body If I hadn t read reviews before diving in I wouldn t have known they were there and 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. Inson probably my favorite poem in book although
"its birds are "birds are Also absent Poe s The Raven Most of the I had never readTed Hughes is credited with bringing English poets back to the birds #so the collection features ten poems by him I particularly enjoyed how he captured what most of #the collection features ten poems by him I particularly enjoyed how he captured what most of think of as the nasty personality of starlings in Starlings Have Come Tumbling the sparrows with a drop kick A Satanic hoodlum a cross eyed bossBlack body crammed with hot rubiesAnd Anthrax nder your nails Some other favorites are The Blue Booby by James Tate a charming account of mating rituals 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 homage to Shelley in Shelly s Skylark Though it only lived like another birdAnd knew not its immortality DNF stopped at page 125Sorry lost the will to live a bit with this one Thought it might be a nice dip into every evening for some nice poems about birdies Maybe my taste in poetry is hallmark card who knows Anyway way too many poems with big words that I didn t know the meaning of sorry I m not grabbing a dictionary to decipher some poets showing off A few lines from a handful of poems stuck with me but too few to carry on and what s with the poem about the feral teens grabbing some bird from it s nest and kicking it around Just no I wanted twee relaxing birdie poems to see me off to sleep not stuff to make me angry or my brain ache Interesting book as the title clearly says a collection of avian poetry If your interested in the probably the most observed of wildlife around The Soul of Money 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 pickp 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.