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BBC Radio 4's Poetry Please is the longest-running broadcast of verse anywhere in the world. First aired in 1979, the programme, a request show which broadcasts to two million listeners a week, has become a unique record of the country's best-loved poems over the decades since its inception. The BBC has looked back through its rich archive of recordings to produce a poll of BBC Radio 4's Poetry Please is the longest-running broadcast of verse anywhere in the world. First aired in 1979, the programme, a request show which broadcasts to two million listeners a week, has become a unique record of the country's best-loved poems over the decades since its inception. The BBC has looked back through its rich archive of recordings to produce a poll of the most asked for and most broadcast pieces ever: it is those poems that this anthology brings together here. A showcase, in effect, for the nation's favourite verse, Poetry Please is a treasure trove for our most requested and most listened to poems of all time. It is a compelling invitation for readers of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate the verse that we care so much about: from new readers to old, from schools to reading groups, this a book for giving, a book for cherishing.


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BBC Radio 4's Poetry Please is the longest-running broadcast of verse anywhere in the world. First aired in 1979, the programme, a request show which broadcasts to two million listeners a week, has become a unique record of the country's best-loved poems over the decades since its inception. The BBC has looked back through its rich archive of recordings to produce a poll of BBC Radio 4's Poetry Please is the longest-running broadcast of verse anywhere in the world. First aired in 1979, the programme, a request show which broadcasts to two million listeners a week, has become a unique record of the country's best-loved poems over the decades since its inception. The BBC has looked back through its rich archive of recordings to produce a poll of the most asked for and most broadcast pieces ever: it is those poems that this anthology brings together here. A showcase, in effect, for the nation's favourite verse, Poetry Please is a treasure trove for our most requested and most listened to poems of all time. It is a compelling invitation for readers of all ages and backgrounds to celebrate the verse that we care so much about: from new readers to old, from schools to reading groups, this a book for giving, a book for cherishing.

30 review for Poetry Please

  1. 5 out of 5

    Iva

    This is an essential, beautiful and great poetry anthology, it has a soothing and calming effect on me and I would highly recommend it!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rikke

    “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.” – Robert Frost I've recently realized that I cannot read poetry when my head is full and my mind is racing, spinning with thoughts, concerns and decisions I need to make. I cannot read poetry when I'm feeling stressed; I cannot concentrate and I read the words instead of their meaning. This is odd as I suspect many people feel differently. Poetry is liquid beauty and “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.” – Robert Frost I've recently realized that I cannot read poetry when my head is full and my mind is racing, spinning with thoughts, concerns and decisions I need to make. I cannot read poetry when I'm feeling stressed; I cannot concentrate and I read the words instead of their meaning. This is odd as I suspect many people feel differently. Poetry is liquid beauty and does for some people invoke a sense of escapism, of calmness and meditation. Poetry offers a way to read deeply, one word at a time, to taste every sentence and enjoy the melody the combined letters is able to produce. For many people poetry is a way of reading that makes them forget stress; for me it is a way of reading that is hindered by stress. I began reading this monumental volume of exquisite poetry in September. I have only just finished it now; in these quiet and snowy days after Christmas. Sadly, I haven't had the time nor the quietness of mind to appreciate this anthology during September, October or November. “Cats, no less liquid than their shadows, Offer no angles to the wind.” – A. S. J. Tessimond "Poetry Please" offers a vast collection of poetry. BBC has collected some of the most loved and wellknown English poems. Magnificent writers such as Yeats, Tennyson, Keats, Lord Byron, Shelley, E. E. Cummings and of course Shakespeare are represented fully throughout this volume, but lesser known poets have found their way in as well. I was delighted to meet some new names among these pages. “The trees are in their autumn beauty, The woodland paths are dry, Under the October twilight the water Mirrors a still sky; Upon the brimming water among the stones Are nine-and-fifty swans.” – W. B. Yeats

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carl

    A collection of the most popular public requests from the BBC Radio 4 series. Old friends are here: ‘Innisfree’, Larkin pondering’Days’, the Rev. Hopkins’ ‘Windhover’, Frost and Auden. Robert L. Stevenson’s ‘Lamplighter’ caught me off guard, though, even if I can’t believe this is the first time I’ve read it. Perhaps it was my mood, but very touching. Sentimental and happily so. Take a plateful of Dylan Thomas or R.S. or Edward, a teaspoon of Belloc (not ‘To Dives’?!), or enjoy our very own Glouce A collection of the most popular public requests from the BBC Radio 4 series. Old friends are here: ‘Innisfree’, Larkin pondering’Days’, the Rev. Hopkins’ ‘Windhover’, Frost and Auden. Robert L. Stevenson’s ‘Lamplighter’ caught me off guard, though, even if I can’t believe this is the first time I’ve read it. Perhaps it was my mood, but very touching. Sentimental and happily so. Take a plateful of Dylan Thomas or R.S. or Edward, a teaspoon of Belloc (not ‘To Dives’?!), or enjoy our very own Gloucestershire F. W . Harvey and his ‘Ducks’ of peace. Here is pretty much every classic poem you ought to own. But it is a popular selection, bent towards a conservative review of the art. No haiku. No Beat Generation. A focus, as you’d expect from a radio programme, on those that read aloud particularly well, with plenty of rhyme but generally it’s all too familiar. But essential nevertheless.

  4. 5 out of 5

    ♡Nicole♡

    Magnificent. This beautiful book was filled with poems to listen to while falling into a dreamless sleep. The perfect book for getting back into poetry!

  5. 5 out of 5

    🌶 peppersocks 🧦

    Reflections and lessons learned: During the pandemic I restarted the hobby of reading poetry - something not picked up since I was a child and enjoyed filling the simple hours with words delivered with such range and randomness. There aren’t many audiobook anthologies that I’ve got on with though, as when there are multiple literary voices I feel that I need to consume the words with my own tone and pace to reflect the differences. However this was a wonderful familiar collection of words deliver Reflections and lessons learned: During the pandemic I restarted the hobby of reading poetry - something not picked up since I was a child and enjoyed filling the simple hours with words delivered with such range and randomness. There aren’t many audiobook anthologies that I’ve got on with though, as when there are multiple literary voices I feel that I need to consume the words with my own tone and pace to reflect the differences. However this was a wonderful familiar collection of words delivered by a fairly straight and level voiced narrators which made it a different experience - my eye wasn’t able to jump to the end to check the author, but the wait for the fullness of the poem made it a wonderfully calming experience. The order of the poems felt very well organised too. I don’t need many books like this, but definitely a title to go straight onto my ‘middle of the night soothers’ collection “But I being poor have only my dreams, I have spread my dreams under your feet... tread softly because you tread on my dreams” WB Yeats

  6. 5 out of 5

    Julie Kwiat

    I made it one of my new years resolutions to go back to reading poetry. I thought I’d try this multi genre of poetry for a change.All the classics are here; some modern stuff, some half-remembered-from-school-stuff, some should-know-but-don't stuff. Birth, death, love, all subjects are covered. Not every poem appears necessarily top notch, because that's what poetry is like - it touches different people in different ways. Of course, there were a few I skimmed over but that is the way with anthol I made it one of my new years resolutions to go back to reading poetry. I thought I’d try this multi genre of poetry for a change.All the classics are here; some modern stuff, some half-remembered-from-school-stuff, some should-know-but-don't stuff. Birth, death, love, all subjects are covered. Not every poem appears necessarily top notch, because that's what poetry is like - it touches different people in different ways. Of course, there were a few I skimmed over but that is the way with anthologies of poetry - not all poetry will appeal to the reader.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tom

    I like reading poetry, and this is a well-selected collection. This year I have not been reading anything much at all - no concentration for books, but this helped me get back in the habit of reading. Picking it up with the aim of finding one poem to read, and to savour, often led to me finding three or four that looked interesting. Not a book to read all at once, but great for flicking through and dipping into

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sherry

    Normally, I won't go near poetry with a ten foot pole. For our library summer reading bingo, poetry is one of the books to be read. I picked this one because it said "most requested best loved poems". I listened to it as an audio book and found that if read by someone with feeling, I can "understand" the poems better and enjoy them. Who'da thunk it? Normally, I won't go near poetry with a ten foot pole. For our library summer reading bingo, poetry is one of the books to be read. I picked this one because it said "most requested best loved poems". I listened to it as an audio book and found that if read by someone with feeling, I can "understand" the poems better and enjoy them. Who'da thunk it?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Harry Lay

    There's a lot of great poetry here and it's good value for money. But, it being such a large anthology does mean there are many peaks and also many troughs in terms of the quality of poetry within. It's a good collection but one that feels a little bit unrefined or even some sort of vanity project in which the publisher just wanted to show how many poets they could include. There's a lot of great poetry here and it's good value for money. But, it being such a large anthology does mean there are many peaks and also many troughs in terms of the quality of poetry within. It's a good collection but one that feels a little bit unrefined or even some sort of vanity project in which the publisher just wanted to show how many poets they could include.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    Another audiobook, as feeling slightly under the weather. I really enjoyed hearing the different emphasis that the two narrators placed on the poems. I did miss reading and seeing the poems myself though. In regards to the collection, it’s a nice mix of classic well-known poems with a few lesser known ones too. A mix of styles too.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Darienne

    Nostalgic! Takes me back to high school.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jess Wilson

    I want to like poetry, but I got about half way through the audio book and just couldn't anymore. I want to like poetry, but I got about half way through the audio book and just couldn't anymore.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Fatima Sheriff

    Used this to revise / fall asleep to, utterly lovely. Adjoa Andoh's voice very much a warm hug, the selection is great and I found a few more to read at work. Used this to revise / fall asleep to, utterly lovely. Adjoa Andoh's voice very much a warm hug, the selection is great and I found a few more to read at work.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Bunny Waring

    A good collection of all sorts of poetry which is bound to satisfy the mildly curious, the lunch time i've-nothing-else-to-read-so-i'll-give-it-a-go and the poets at heart, alike. A good collection of all sorts of poetry which is bound to satisfy the mildly curious, the lunch time i've-nothing-else-to-read-so-i'll-give-it-a-go and the poets at heart, alike.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sinead

    I made it one of my new years resolutions to go back to reading poetry and Im so glad I started with this book. It took me back to being a teenager and reading 'serious' poetry for the first time. I forgot how calming and meditative it is to read aloud poems (on my own, of course!) I re-read poems I knew almost by heart and then read poets that I'd heard a great deal about but never read before. Of course, there were a few I skimmed over but that is the way with anthologies of poetry - not all p I made it one of my new years resolutions to go back to reading poetry and Im so glad I started with this book. It took me back to being a teenager and reading 'serious' poetry for the first time. I forgot how calming and meditative it is to read aloud poems (on my own, of course!) I re-read poems I knew almost by heart and then read poets that I'd heard a great deal about but never read before. Of course, there were a few I skimmed over but that is the way with anthologies of poetry - not all poetry will appeal to the reader.

  16. 4 out of 5

    David Sinck

    This thick tome belongs on every literary coffee table. All the classics are here; some modern stuff, some half-remembered-from-school-stuff, some should-know-but-don't stuff. Birth, death, love, all subjects are covered. Not every poem appears necessarily top notch, because that's what poetry is like - it touches different people in different ways. But as a collection this is top notch - and more. This thick tome belongs on every literary coffee table. All the classics are here; some modern stuff, some half-remembered-from-school-stuff, some should-know-but-don't stuff. Birth, death, love, all subjects are covered. Not every poem appears necessarily top notch, because that's what poetry is like - it touches different people in different ways. But as a collection this is top notch - and more.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    This is a really broad anthology, organized well, and covering many areas of life - love, childhood, death, war, etc. Because of this, there were some sections that I just really didn't connect with and some that I really did. But it's worth reading and worth keeping on your shelf! This is a really broad anthology, organized well, and covering many areas of life - love, childhood, death, war, etc. Because of this, there were some sections that I just really didn't connect with and some that I really did. But it's worth reading and worth keeping on your shelf!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    Loved some of the poems, didn't like some of the others. I bookmarked the ones I enjoyed. Loved some of the poems, didn't like some of the others. I bookmarked the ones I enjoyed.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Caroline

    I thought this book would get me back into reading poetry and am really enjoying it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Una Rose

    Great selection of both classic and modern poetry. All my favorites were here and I was introduced to alot of new poetry as well. Excellent collection!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    How do you rate a collection of poems? Especially when you have no knowledge of English poems to begin with?? Let's just say I thoroughly enjoyed it.. :) How do you rate a collection of poems? Especially when you have no knowledge of English poems to begin with?? Let's just say I thoroughly enjoyed it.. :)

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lyndee

    A lovely collection! took some committment to get through the whol thing! But well worth the read regardless!

  23. 4 out of 5

    marion blackstock

  24. 4 out of 5

    The Logophile

  25. 5 out of 5

    Laura

  26. 5 out of 5

    Robert

  27. 4 out of 5

    Graham Hiscock

  28. 4 out of 5

    Thesaura

  29. 4 out of 5

    Darryl

  30. 5 out of 5

    James Gw

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