The Oxford Book of Christmas Poems by Michael Harrison, Christopher Stuart-clark

The Oxford Book of Christmas Poems

Written by Michael Harrison, Christopher Stuart-clark

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A treasure trove of delights old and new, this celebratory anthology captures all the different kinds of magic associated with Christmas. Poems about the Christmas crib sit alongside those on themes of Christmas Shopping, hanging up stockings and, of course, Father Christmas. Of particular delight is a section of Christmas songs. No such book would be complete without Clement Clark Moore’s A Visit from St Nicholas and it is duly included.


The Oxford Book of Christmas Poems by Michael Harrison, Christopher Stuart-clark

What better time than Christmas to ponder the passing of the year, the mystery of the birth of Christ, the traditions of the season, and the expectation of what the New Year might usher in? And what better way to reflect on such themes than through poetry? This is a thought-provoking, satisfying collection that brings together poems ranging from traditional wassailing songs to the work of contemporary poets. Illustrated in both colour and black and white by artists such as Peter Bailey, Charles Keeping and Ian Beck, it is an anthology to treasure from childhood through to adulthood.


[For the previous edition]: 'One of the richest poetry anthologies ever. The Sunday Times

About the Author

Michael Harrison was born and educated in Oxford and later went to Durham University, where he gained a BA in Philosophy. He then taught at a farm school in North Queensland, Australia as a member of the Bush Brotherhood. He milked the herd of cows daily and travelled the bush taking services and funerals. Michael returned to Oxford to get a teaching qualification (A.C.E.) at the University, and has since taught in Hartlepool, London, and now in Oxford.

In his own words:

Michael has worked extensively with Christopher Stuart-Clark and their anthologies, including The Oxford Treasury of Time Poems and The Oxford Book of Christmas Poems, are regarded as some of the nation’s best.

Michael is married with two sons and lives in Oxford.

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160 pages


Michael Harrison, Christopher Stuart-clark
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Oxford University Press

Publication date

10th September 2009




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