What were these peotry books and where could I buy them?
May 8, 2014 4:16 PM Subscribe
When I was a child, my uncle gave me four books which were anthologies of all sorts of poetry illustrated with collages, sketches, and other artworks. They were hardback books with a square format roughly 10" x 10". From the style of the illustrations I'd say they were published in the 70s.
My mum threw them away after she had a fight with my uncle - now that I've finally forgiven her for that, can you help me identify the books and buy them?
posted by girlgenius to Society & Culture (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Here is what I remember about the books:
- I don't think they were aimed at children - some of the poems were pretty full-on about war and death and love and the illustrations were not childish.
- the poems ranged from medieval and Shakespeare through the Romantics and modern poetry.
- one of them had a burnt orange cover
- one of them had the Dylan Thomas poem "Fern Hill" in it, accompanied by a B&W photo of bracken.
- one of them had a Japanese poem in it that went "I may be silent / But I'm thinking / I may not speak / But don't mistake me for a wall"
- one of them had a poem in it which I think was called "ways to kill a man", the last line of which was something like "the most effective way to kill a man is to put him in the middle of the 20th century and leave him there".
I really loved thoe books and it would be great to at least identify them and hopefully pick up second hand copies somewhere.