Forty-five of Britain's best-loved poems, read by John Nettles, Siobhan Redmond, Greg Wise and Emma Fielding. In a national poll conducted to discover Britain's favourite poem, Rudyard Kipling's 'If -' was voted number one.
This unique anthology brings together over forty poems from the poll, including the top ten. Here is poignant war poetry (Wilfred Owen's 'Dulce et Decorum Est' and 'Anthem for Doomed Youth', Rupert Brooke's 'The Soldier' and Siegfried Sassoon's 'Everyone Sang' ); romantic verse such as Shakespeare's 'Sonnet 18: Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?' and W.
B. Yeats' 'When You Are Old'; Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear's great nonsense poems 'Jabberwocky' and 'The Owl and the Pussy-Cat', and much more.
Classics such as Wordsworth's 'The Daffodils' and Tennyson's 'The Lady of Shallot' sit alongside contemporary poetry like Allan Ahlberg's 'Please Mrs Butler' and Wendy Cope's 'Bloody Men'. Superbly read by John Nettles, Siobhan Redmond, Greg Wise and Emma Fielding, this popular collection includes many of the very best examples ofBritish verse, as chosen by poetry lovers nationwide. The poems included in this collection are:1 'If -' by Rudyard Kipling, read by John Nettles2 'The Lady of Shallot' by Alfred Lord Tennyson, read by Siobhan Redmond3 'The Listeners' by Walter de la Mare, read by Greg Wise4 'Not Waving but Drowning' by Stevie Smith, read by Siobhan Redmond5 'The Daffodils' by William Wordsworth, read by John Nettles6 'To Autumn' by John Keats, read by Siobhan Redmond7 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree' by William Butler Yeats, read by Emma Fielding8 'Dulce et Decorum Est' by Wilfred Owen, read by Greg Wise9 'Ode to a Nightingale' by John Keats, read by Siobhan Redmond10 'He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven' by William Butler Yeats, read by John Nettles11 'Remember' by Christina Rossetti, read by Siobhan Redmond12 'Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard' by Thomas Gray, read by John Nettles13 'Fern Hill' by Dylan Thomas, read by John Nettles14 'Leisure' by William Henry Davies, read by Emma Fielding15 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes, read by Greg Wise16 'To His Coy Mistress' by Andrew Marvell, read by Greg Wise17 'Dover Beach' by Matthew Arnold, read by John Nettles18 'The Tyger' by William Blake, read by John Nettles19 'Adlestrop' by Edward Thomas, read by Siobhan Redmond20 'The Soldier' by Rupert Brooke ,read by Greg Wise21 'Sea-Fever' by John Masefield, read by John Nettles22 'Upon Westminster Bridge' by William Wordsworth, read by Greg Wise23 'How Do I Love Thee?' by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, read by Emma Fielding24 'Cargoes' by John Masefield, read by Greg Wise25 'Jabberwocky' by Lewis Carroll, read by Emma Fielding26 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, read by John Nettles27 'Ozymandias of Egypt' by Percy Bysshe Shelley, read by Greg Wise28 'Abou ben Adhem' by Leigh Hunt, read by John Nettles29 'Everyone Sang' by Siegfried Sassoon, read by Greg Wise30 'The Windhover' by Gerard Manley Hopkins, read by Siobhan Redmond31 'Do Not Go Gentle into that Good Night' by Dylan Thomas, read by John Nettles32 'Sonnet 18: Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day?' by William Shakespeare, read by Siobhan Redmond33 'When You Are Old' by William Butler Yeats, read by Emma Fielding34 'Lessons of the War (To Alan Mitchell): Naming of Parts' by Henry Reed, read by John Nettles35 'The Darkling Thrush' by Thomas Hardy, read by Emma Fielding36 'Please Mrs Butler' by Allan Ahlberg, read by Emma Fielding37 'Kubla Khan' by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, read by John Nettles38 'Home-Thoughts, from Abroad' by Robert Browning, read by Greg Wise39 'High Flight (An Airman's Ecstasy)' by John Gillespie Magee, read by Greg Wise40 'The Owl and the Pussy-Cat' by Edward Lear ,read by Emma Fielding41 'The Glory of the Garden' by Rudyard Kipling, read by Greg Wise42 'The Road Not Taken' by Robert Frost, read by Siobhan Redmond43 'The Way through the Woods' by Rudyard Kipling, read by Emma Fielding44 'Anthem for Doomed Youth' by Wilfred Owen, read by Greg Wise45 'Bloody Men' by Wendy Cope, read by Siobhan RedmondDuration: 2 hours approx.