A Shame to Miss Poetry
Written by Anne Fine
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Age 9+. Former Children’s Laureate Anne Fine’s own passion for poetry spills out of this collection and its pair. Choosing a dazzling selection of poems from across the centuries – some very well-known and others less so - Anne Fine has gifted readers ready access to the treasure trove of poems that she loves herself. In her added notes to some of the poems, she offers useful background information and a glossary of the less familiar words. Both volumes are an ideal and handy way into poetry for all.
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A Shame to Miss Poetry by Anne Fine
Age 9+. Aimed at junior readers, this collection offers a diverse mixture of familiar and classic poetry chosen by Anne Fine: from W.H. Auden, A.E. Housman, Christina Rossetti, Wordsworth and other poets. Also included are poems from the late 20th century like Stevie Smith's Not Waving but Drowning or Ted Hughes' Full Moon and Little Frieda. Poets from Afro-Caribbean backgrounds like John Agard and Grace Nichols are also featured, alongside several other poets from non-European cultures. A collection of over 70 poems, the book also contains tips from Anne Fine to help children understand the poems.
Praise for the A Shame to Miss series:
Three truly inspiring volumes of poetry. - Sunday Times
These three collections represent a stupendous act of rummaging.Her choices are quirky and rather canny - Daily Telegraph
For younger readers there's an excellent trio of anthologies - Daily Mail