A Poem for Every Day of the Year
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Before each poem is a short introduction to briefly situate the poem into its context. These are helpful and informative, and for the inexperienced reader these would act as a guide through many different styles of poetry from a huge array of writers. The cover art is, simply put, stunning. I love the design. The book acts as a sister book to the previously published A Poem for Every Night of the Year with brighter colours used to reflect the day time this time. The layout is also very simple making the book easy to dive in and out of. However, the little description for each day was great, whether it be to explain the poem selection or the date significance. Though the "During the First/Second world war" sort of poems got a bit repetitive and the focus on the Christian Holidays possibly a bit isolating.
This entertaining evening of poems will be read by Tom Hiddleston, Asa Butterfield, Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù, Kate Fleetwood, and Dária Plahtíy with live-drawing by Chris Riddell. Actors will appear subject to availability. Each of the 366 poems features a small introduction that gives a sense of who the writer was, and not just the greatness of their work. Some offer insightful biographical details or key historical context, while others may provide quirky, humorous anecdotes. However doing this isn't going to help anyone find books that are right for them so I need to stop.Finished this 10 days early. I was trying to read one a day but now I want to wrap up my challenges at the end of the year, lol. Lots of classics in here and a mix of newer poets also. Some are funny, thoughtful, inspiring, humbling.
I also had fun with the index of first lines at the end of A Poet for Every Day of the Year, reading them aloud like performance poetry and seeing if they would work as found poems in their own right! This anthology has so much to offer and every time I think about it next to the bed ready for me to read last thing at night it brings happiness and a smile to my face. Beautiful collection of poetry. It took me nearly four years to finish, occasionally reading some poems, but I loved this volume and will be looking for something similar to read in the future. Quite a few of the poems relate to wars and the Christian calendar, and that’s not what I want on a day to day basis (I’d seek those kind of poems out for specific reasons). One was about a dead cat. On 15th February we were given the lyrics to The Beatles’ ��All you need is love’, rather than an actual poem. So this is where I stopped.A Poem For Every Day of the Year is a magnificent collection of 366 poems compiled by Allie Esiri, one to share on every day of the year. Reflecting the changing seasons and linking to events on key dates – funny for April Fool's Day, festive for Christmas – these poems are thoughtful, inspiring, humbling, informative, quiet, loud, small, epic, peaceful, energetic, upbeat, motivating, and empowering! Allie Esiri’s newest poetry anthology, A Nursery Rhyme for Every Night of the Year, is published on 23 March 2023, but will be available to buy at this event.
I won’t say I’ve became a poem lover overnight, but this was a great stepping stone into a world previously unknown. New Statesman Not only is it a thing of beauty, it also offers an accessible, informative, bitesize approach to poetry. Perfect for reading aloud and sharing with all the family, it is bursting at the seams with familiar favourites and exciting new discoveries. T.S.Eliot, John Betjeman, Lewis Carroll, William Shakespeare and Christina Rossetti sit alongside Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Carol Ann Duffy, and Kae Tempest.
Reflecting the changing seasons and linking to events on key dates - funny for April Fool's Day, festive for Christmas - these poems are thoughtful, inspiring, peaceful, energetic, upbeat, motivating, and empowering! This collection is a mix of poems; some funny, some reflective. Some I had heard before and some I hadn't. I have listed some of my favourites from this listening below but I think if I re-listen at some other time time of year this list might be totally different.