A Poem for Every Night of the Year

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A Poem for Every Night of the Year

A Poem for Every Night of the Year

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The monthly choices are appropriately seasonal: Robert Frost's haunting and elliptical narrative 'Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening' (p.

A. Milne and Christina Rossetti sit alongside Roger McGough, Carol Ann Duffy, Kate Tempest and Benjamin Zephaniah. My main criticism is that so many songs are included that really don't lend themselves well to being read as poems. I haven't actually finished the book yet, but I'll forget to update goodreads later so its now or never.

I’ve finished this a little earlier than I should have, merely because I’ve been reading a lot of the daily poems to my boyfriend, and we wanted to get it finished before Christmas in case we don’t get chance otherwise. Though I liked some poems much more than others, I did appreciate that this book felt so manageable to keep up with and that it put me in the habit of reading poetry regularly. I enjoyed how a lot of the poems were on theme for different holidays, seasons, and historical events, even though the collection is definitely geared towards a younger audience.

It seems there’s something here for everyone– but also that the poems themselves do not seem to be cohesively aimed at any particular age bracket. I felt the editor was trying to appeal to two audiences, US and UK, on the whole, rather than being globally inclusive and that didn't work too well for me.The poems match the time of the year with the themes reflecting the seasons and its associated mood. A good collection, some new poems and poets I will be looking at and a lot I loved and was familiar with already.

That memory might be too early to pin down to a particular night or event, but might come attached to the gravelly voice of a grandfather, or the soapy smell of an older sister, or the remembered cosy feel of snuggling into the curve of your mother’s arm as she read to you.When I discovered poetry as a child, I remember stumbling over weird and wonderful words whose meaning I felt far from understanding, but I think I knew then that poetry held an extraordinary power.

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