[Kindle] (The Poetry of Birds) author Simon Armitage

A Mistaken Match it as his I especially enjoyed several poemsn Scots always good to be pushed Lodz 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 tonspire poetry was reflectedI feel the anthologists made a mistake n their criteria most of the poems are about British birds or a British perspective obviously ncluding Coleridge s nfamous 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 to work And there were very few about other parts the world or n translation So I feel they could usefully have been either exclusive or much nclusiveI was also a bit surprised at what didn t appear wot no raven uothing Never A fine anthology by the new Poet Laureate As with any anthology a reader can take ssue with what s n and what Claimed by a Cowboy is out So Adlestrop that tedious anthology pieces Discipline 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 Patchworks Claim the Night (The Claiming included which shows that Armitage has been birdwatching off the beaten track The real bird gems come from John Clare whos worth than dreamy Keats and waffly Wordsworth to the bird lover As the editors mentions Claimed by Desire in their afterword birds are the creatures we see or hear most oftenn 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. Feathered fancy' Guardian 'A life affirming celebration of the commonplace yet enduringly mysterious creatures we share this world with and the poetry they have nspired' Daily Telegraph. ,

The Poetry of Birds

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Interesting book as the title clearly says a collection of avian poetry If your Accidental Bodyguard interestedn the probably the most observed of wildlife around us and perhaps only a smidgin of nterest n poetry like myself then this should prove time well spent The background Mehr als das info and footnotes add to the flavour too It s one you can pick up and put down at anytime DNF stopped at page 125Sorry lost the will to live a bit with this one Thoughtt might be a nice dip The Accidental Cowboy (Angel Crossing, Arizona, into every evening for some nice poems about birdies Maybe my tasten poetry Abby and the Bachelor Cop 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 fromt s nest and kicking t 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 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 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 relish reading so many archaic poems or apparently wrote bird poems than anyone but I didn t relish reading so many archaic poems or many romantics with all their exclamation points and zealous
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Despite this failing I surprised how much I enjoyed the book It did nclude 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 s the thing with feather. 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. S by Dickinson probably my favorite poem n the book although ts birds are metaphorical Also absent Poe s The Raven Most of the poems I had never readTed Hughes s 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 us think of as the nasty personality of starlings n Starlings Have Come Tumbling the sparrows with a drop kick A Satanic hoodlum a cross eyed bossBlack body crammed with hot rubiesAnd Anthrax under 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 n two other also fascinated that Bishop s name was mentioned n two other Hardy paid homage to Shelley n Shelly s Skylark Though Alaskan Nights it only lived like another birdAnd knew notts mmortality A compilation of mostly mediocre poems many racist with at times nteresting facts stored n the backI don t racist with at times nteresting facts stored n the backI don t why racism was necessary n a book about poetry Always Look Twice involving birdsI also don t understand where there was an appendix of facts why wasn tt simply placed within the main body If I hadn t read reviews before diving All For You: Halfway There / Buckhorn Ever After / The One You Want / One Perfect Night in I wouldn t have known they were there and I would have missed out on almost all of the enjoyment I had from this bookNote I m not that bignto poetry so I was expecting a mediocre for me read but this was below expectations After a run of prize winning slim volumes by Any Man Of Mine individual poetst was good to come to a substantial anthology on a single concrete topic Yay I 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 Annalee And The Lawman it was even betterIt was annteresting way to gain a better understanding of my own tastes there are The Apollonides Mistress Scandal inclusions from famous. Ction of works old and new' Independent on Sunday'Trulynexhaustible to be read again and again' Daily Mail 'A rich and sustaining larder a marvellously realized sourcebook of flights of. .