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The RHS Treasury of Garden Verse (Hardcover, Illustrated Ed): Royal Horticultural Society
The RHS Treasury of Garden Verse (Hardcover, Illustrated Ed): Royal Horticultural Society

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The RHS Treasury of Garden Verse (Hardcover, Illustrated Ed)

Royal Horticultural Society; Selected by Charles Elliott

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Ask any nature lover for their definition of a perfect garden and you would get as many answers as there are types of potato. For every admirer of a bowling green lawn there is a passionate advocate of a wildflower meadow strewn with cornflowers and poppies; there are fans of the charming d?shabill? of the traditional English cottage garden, but just as many gardeners who crave neat rows of wallflowers and geraniums with nary a weed in sight. This diversity of taste is what makes the British a nation of garden lovers tolerant of differences and always ready to admire something new. The Royal Horticultural Society has taken the decidedly bold step of producing an anthology of poetry about gardens bold, because tastes in poetry are at least as diverse as those in gardens, and within the confines of a mere 120 pages it is impossible to please every reader. Nevertheless, this collection cannot fail to delight; true, there are the inevitable favourites 'Daffodils' puts in an appearance along with Keatss 'Ode to Autumn'. But there are several delicious surprises, particularly amongst the 20th-century verse. John Agards 'Palm Tree King' is an exuberant, hilarious paean of praise to the coconut palm, with an infectious rhythm and more than a hint of mischief, while Vicki Feavers poem 'Marigolds' pulses with a musky sensuality more in keeping with the metaphysical poets of the 17th century, than many of the conventional nature poets of the Romantic period. There are extracts from the earliest books to celebrate the glory of creation the Bible is well represented, with verses extolling the original glory of Eden as well as the erotic lines from the Song of Solomon. There are poems readers will return to again and again, favourites from childhood or schooldays, or simply poems they have loved because they express their own joy in the wonders of Nature. Gardeners are essentially poets, coaxing beauty out of the soil as a poet coaxes words from the page, and this anthology is a celebration of this relationship. The book is beautifully illustrated with a series of botanical prints, engravings and watercolours from the RHSs Lindley Library. They complement the poems perfectly, so that each poem is a visual delight. A book to treasure indeed, and a perfect companion for lazy summer afternoons in the garden. (Kirkus UK)
From the RHS comes this compendium of poetry about gardens and garden plants, themes that have provided inspiration for poets since the dawn of time. The poems span many centuries and include the work of such great writers as Wordsworth, Spenser and Shakespeare.


Imprint: Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: August 2003
First published: August 2003
Authors: Royal Horticultural Society
Selected by: Charles Elliott
Dimensions: 201 x 135 x 19mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 120
Edition: Illustrated Ed
ISBN-13: 978-0-7112-2073-7
Barcode: 9780711220737
Categories: Books > Health, Home & Family > Gardening
Books > Gardening > General
Books > Health, Home & Family > Gardening > General
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: texts > Poetry texts & anthologies
Books > Language & Literature > Literature: texts > Poetry texts & anthologies > General
LSN: 0-7112-2073-5

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