What is poetry? It is language made special so that it will be remembered and valued. It does not always work—over the centuries countless thousands of poems have been forgotten. But this Little History is about some that have not.
John Carey tells the stories behind the world’s greatest poems, from the oldest surviving one written nearly four thousand years ago to those being written today. Carey looks at poets whose works shape our views of the world, such as Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Whitman, and Yeats. He also looks at more recent poets, like Derek Walcott, Marianne Moore, and Maya Angelou, who have started to question what makes a poem “great” in the first place.
The Times and Sunday Times, Best Books of 2020
“[A] fizzing, exhilarating book.”—Sebastian Faulks, Sunday Times
This POS pack if perfect for libraries - especially school librarians and teachers - to use to celebrate National Poetry Day and on 1 October and inspire a love of poetry in their users. The pack contains:
- Two downloadable posters for printing (PDF)
- 3 videos of the author talking about some of our most loved poets, suitable for using in the classroom and sharing across social media
- An 'A-Z of Poets' - a curated series of extracts from the book providing bite-sized biographies of poets along with links to their poems online and free resources to learn more (hosted on the publisher's website and available as a printable PDF)
- A feedback form to be returned by the deadline below
Please order your pack by midnight on Friday 25 September. You will be emailed your materials shortly after. As this is a digital pack you should only order once.
**Please note that by ordering this pack you are agreeing to use the printable materials in your library and to send pictures of your display, as well as your completed feedback form to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 13 November. Please do not order a pack if you cannot commit to this.**