Poetry is a source of comfort and inspiration. These are some of our favourite anthologies and collections of poems for every occasion, thought, feeling or day of the week.


Anthologies

The Poetry Pharmacy & The Poetry Pharmacy Returns, curated by William Sieghart

In his two anthologies, William Sieghart has prescribed a poem for almost every emotion, feeling or state of being you can feel. He has a comforting way of putting indescribable, confusing emotions into words that make sense, so that you feel a little less alone. His poetry pairings are well-thought out and extensive, offering picks from Emily Dickinson to Mary Oliver.


In the years since he first had the idea of prescribing short, powerful poems for all manner of spiritual ailments, William Sieghart has taken his Poetry Pharmacy around the length and breadth of Britain, into the pages of the Guardian, onto BBC Radio 4 and onto the television, honing his prescriptions all the time. This pocket-sized book presents the most essential poems in his dispensary: those which, again and again, have really shown themselves to work. Whether you are suffering from loneliness, lack of courage, heartbreak, hopelessness, or even from an excess of ego, there is something here to ease your pain.

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Set Me On Fire: A Poem for Every Feeling, curated by Ella Risbridger

Similarly to Sieghart, Ella Risbridger has selected poems from voices contemporary and classic that relate to any and every emotion, for when your own words can’t quite do the trick.


Set Me On Fire is an anthology for a new moment in poetry: a collection of fresh, vibrant voices from poets all over the globe, both living and dead. With an intuitive, accessible, feelings-first format, these are poems for the moments when you really need to know that someone else has been there too. These are poems about eating and kissing and having too many feelings, about being outside and inside and loving someone so much you think you might die.

They are about break-ups and getting back together and oh-god-it’s-complicated-don’t-ask-me moments. They are about wanting and waiting and having, about grieving and life after death and the end of the world. They are, in other words, about being alive.

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Poems To Live Your Life By, curated and illustrated by Chris Riddell

The only thing better than a beautiful selection of poems is when they are accompanied by beautiful illustrations.


In Poems to Live Your Life By, Chris Riddell, political cartoonist for the Observer, has selected his very favourite classic and modern poems about life, death and everything in between. This gorgeously illustrated collection includes forty-six poems and is divided into sections covering: musings, youth, family, love, imaginings, nature, war and endings. Chris Riddell brings them to life with his exquisite, intricate artwork in this beautiful anthology.

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Contemporary Collections

Dart by Alice Oswald

Alice Oswald is a trained classicist and poet, and she weaves classicism through her collections. Dart is an extended poetic narrative that follows the flow of the river Dart in Devon. It’s a gorgeous collection of voices real, historic, and mythical.


Over the past three years Alice Oswald has been recording conversations with people who live and work on the River Dart in Devon. Using these records and voices as a sort of poetic census, she creates a narrative of the river, tracking its life from source to sea. The voices are wonderfully varied and idiomatic – they include a poacher, a ferryman, a sewage worker and milk worker, a forester, swimmers and canoeists – and are interlinked with historic and mythic voices: drowned voices, dreaming voices and marginal notes which act as markers along the way.

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The Flame by Leonard Cohen


The Flame is the final work from Leonard Cohen, the revered poet and musician whose fans span generations and whose work is celebrated throughout the world. Featuring poems, excerpts from his private notebooks, lyrics, and hand-drawn self-portraits, The Flame offers an intimate look inside the life and mind of a singular artist. A reckoning with a life lived deeply and passionately, with wit and panache, this collection is a valedictory work.

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Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong


Steeped in war and cultural upheaval and wielding a fresh new language, Vuong writes about the most profound subjects – love and loss, conflict, grief, memory and desire – and attends to them all with lines that feel newly-minted, graceful in their cadences, passionate and hungry in their tender, close attention: ‘…the chief of police/facedown in a pool of Coca-Cola./A palm-sized photo of his father soaking/beside his left ear.’ This is an unusual, important book: both gentle and visceral, vulnerable and assured, and its blend of humanity and power make it one of the best first collections of poetry to come out of America in years.

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Or for something more classic

The Complete Poems of John Keats


‘What the imagination seizes as Beauty must be truth’

So wrote the Romantic poet John Keats (1795-1821) in 1817. This collection contains all of his poetry: the early work, which is often undervalued even today, the poems on which his reputation rests including the ‘Odes’ and the two versions of the uncompleted epic ‘Hyperion’, and work which only came to light after his death including his attempts at drama and comic verse.

It all demonstrates the extent to which he tested his own dictum throughout his short creative life. That life spanned one of the most remarkable periods in English history in the aftermath of the French Revolution and this collection, with its detailed introductions and notes, aims to place the poems very much in their context. The collection is ample proof that Keats deservedly achieved his wish to ‘be among the English Poets after my death’

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Selected Poems and Prose of Percy Bysshe Shelley


‘My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings:Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!’Percy Bysshe Shelley was one of the leading English Romantics and is critically regarded among the finest lyric poets in the English language. His major works include the long visionary poems ‘Prometheus Unbound’ and ‘Adonais’, an elegy on the death of John Keats.

His shorter, classic verses include ‘To a Skylark’, ‘Mont Blanc’ and ‘Ode to the West Wind’. This important new edition collects his best poetry and prose, revealing how his writings weave together the political, personal, visionary and idealistic. This Penguin Classics edition includes a fascinating introduction, notes and other materials by leading Shelley scholars, Jack Donovan and Cian Duffy.

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