The Nation's Favourite Poems: Book 1



[PDF / Epub] ☂ The Nation's Favourite Poems: Book 1 Author Griff Rhys Jones – E17streets4all.co.uk In a nationwide poll to discover Britain s favourite poem, Rudyard Kipling s If was voted number one This unique anthology brings together the results of the poll in a collection of the nation s best In a nationwide poll to discover Britain s Favourite Poems: ePUB ´ favourite poem, Rudyard Kipling s If was voted number one This unique anthology brings together the results of the poll in a collection of the nation sbest loved poems Among the selection are popular classics such as Tennyson s The Lady of Shallott and Wordsworth s The Daffodils alongside contemporary poetry such as Allan Ahlberg s Please The Nation's PDF \ Mrs Butler and Jenny Joseph s Warning Also included is the poignant Do not Stand at my Grave and Weep.The Nation's Favourite Poems: Book 1

Griffith Griff Rhys Jones is a Welsh comedian, Favourite Poems: ePUB ´ writer, actor, television presenter and personality Jones came to national attention in the early s for his work in the BBC television comedy sketch shows Not the Nine O Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones along with his comedy partner Mel Smith With Smith, he founded television production company Talkback Productions, now part of RTL Group The Nation's PDF \ He went on to develop a career as a television presenter and writer, as well as continuing with acting workWhile at Brentwood School he met Douglas Adams who would later write The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy Rhys Jones followed Adams to Cambridge, reading history and English at Emmanuel College While at university, Jones joined Cambridge Footlights Club of which he became Vice President in Nation's Favourite Poems: Epub à He was also president of the ADC Amateur Dramatic Club during his time at Cambridge He then joined BBC Radio Light Entertainment as a trainee producer, with his output including the satirical show Week Ending and Brain of Britain An evening planned to spend watching his hero Frankie Howerd at the invitation of friends Clive Anderson and Rory McGrath, who were writing the show at the time, resulted in Rhys Jones replacing the show s producer, who had suffered from a stress related illness from dealing with the comedian He later produced Rowan Atkinson s show The Atkinson People for the BBC and has appeared twice on Whose Line Is It AnywayRhys Jones filled in several minor roles in the first series of Not the Nine O Clock News, and was brought in as a regular cast member from the second series onwards, replacing Chris Langham, alongside Rowan Atkinson, Mel Smith and Pamela StephensonIn , Smith and Rhys Jones founded TalkBack Productions, a company which has produced many of the most popular British comedy series of the past two decades, including Smack the Pony, Da Ali G Show, I m Alan Partridge and Big Train From , Smith and Rhys Jones appeared in the comedy sketch series Alas Smith and Jones the show s title being a pun on the American TV series Alias Smith and Jones After the first series, the pair appeared on the big screen in Mike Hodges sci fi comedy movie Morons from Outer Space and then in , the LWT production Wilt Rhys Jones has developed a career as a television presenter, beginning as the co host on several Comic Relief programmes He presented Bookworm from to and is the presenter of the BBC s Restoration programme he began filming its third series at Lincoln Cathedral on June , and has done a considerable amount of fundraising work for the Hackney Empire theatre conservation project In , he led a demonstration at the Senate House in Cambridge University for the purpose of saving architecture as a degree in CambridgeRhys Jones has written or co written many of the programmes he has appeared in, and a number of spin off books In , he started writing a book called To the Baltic with Bob, describing his adventures on the high seas with his sailing friend Bob, as they make their way to Saint Petersburg, port by port Rhys Jones released the book in His early life has been captured in his autobiography, Semi Detached, published in by Penguin Books His book to accompany the BBC series Mountain was published in July .

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  • 07 November 2019
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  1. says:

    More poetry O To be fair, most of the ones I read leave me unmoved, but every so often, I find one that really talks to me All of a sudden, these seemingly random words build a surprisingly powerful meaning And that is why I m widening my horizons in this genre, trying to find these little pearls of emotion.This anthology from the BBC is a pretty good one, quite varied, with classic and modern poets represented Here are two of my favourites, quite different O This Be The Verse, by Phi More poetry O To be fair, most of the ones I read leave me unmoved, but every so often, I find one that really talks to me All of a sudden, these seemingly random words build a surprisingly powerful meaning And that is why I m widening my horizons in this genre, trying to find these little pearls of emotion.This anthology from the BBC is a pretty good one, quite varied, with classic and modern poets represented Here are two of my favourites, quite different O This Be The Verse, by Philip Larkin They fuck you up, your mum and dad They may not mean to, but they do They fill you with the faults they had And add some extra, just for you.But they were fucked up in their turn By fools in old style hats and coats, Who half the time were soppy stern And half at one another s throats.Man hands on misery to man It deepens like a coastal shelf.Get out as early as you can, And don t have any kids yourself. Composed upon Westminster Bridge, by William Wordsworth Earth has not any thing to showfair Dull would he be of soul who could pass byA sight so touching in its majesty This City now doth, like a garment, wearThe beauty of the morning silent, bare,Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples lieOpen unto the fields, and to the sky All bright and glittering in the smokeless air.Never did sunbeautifully steepIn his first splendour, valley, rock, or hill Ne er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep The river glideth at his own sweet will Dear God the very houses seem asleep And all that mighty heart is lying stillI actually felt this several times while walking through the capital in the early morning Love it

  2. says:

    Years ago I studied poetry Our teacher was a wonderful chap a sweet, gentle poet himself, and passionate about sharing poetry with the young He was once helping me muddle through some poems I was working on and said, Well, that s enough on the sonnet now, let s move on to your other work Hang on, I said I just really want to finish the real poem first He looked at me with a crestfallen expression of reproach, If there was one thing I hoped to teach you, it s that free verse is real po Years ago I studied poetry Our teacher was a wonderful chap a sweet, gentle poet himself, and passionate about sharing poetry with the young He was once helping me muddle through some poems I was working on and said, Well, that s enough on the sonnet now, let s move on to your other work Hang on, I said I just really want to finish the real poem first He looked at me with a crestfallen expression of reproach, If there was one thing I hoped to teach you, it s that free verse is real poetry, too Luckily for me, the nation seems to agree with me, and most of the poems in this collection are good old fashion stuff But what I like best is that there s a great variety with the limits of real poetry Hopeful, melancholy, joyous, bitter it s all here Long and short Some from poets still living, others hundreds of years gone Best of all some was new to me, but plenty gave me a very comfy nostalgia.The nation s favourite, back in 1995, wasIfby Rudyard Kipling, which is an absolutely thumping poem My netball coach at primary school loved this poem and would recite it to us in booming tones if she felt we were slacking on the court.Alfred NoyesThe Highwaymanis here too, which my mother used to read to us before bed, and is still as thrilling now as it was then Then look for me by moonlight, Watch for me by moonlight,I ll come to thee by moonlight, though hell should bar the way. And good old Allen Ahlberg, whose poems I actually find quite twee and annoying, but I am still quite fond of him purely because as a child I had a illustrated collection of his poems which had great pictures He was a great favourite for reciting at primary school.It does make you wonder a bit about the nation though What sort of people loveToiletso much that they vote for it in a national competition We re a bit odd And while I can see why Philip Larkin sThis Be the Verseis famous, it s terribly sad that it should be a favourite of anyone

  3. says:

    poetry collection like boxes of chocolates, best enjoyed as a wee dip in now and again rather than eating a whole tray at once fantastic clusters of language used to express ideas, hopes, fears, dreams.one example But pleasures are like poppies spread, You sieze the flower, its bloom is shed Or like the snow falls in the river, A moment white then melts for ever Or like the borealis race, That flit ere you can point their place Or like the rainbow s lovely form Evanishing amid the s poetry collection like boxes of chocolates, best enjoyed as a wee dip in now and again rather than eating a whole tray at once fantastic clusters of language used to express ideas, hopes, fears, dreams.one example But pleasures are like poppies spread, You sieze the flower, its bloom is shed Or like the snow falls in the river, A moment white then melts for ever Or like the borealis race, That flit ere you can point their place Or like the rainbow s lovely form Evanishing amid the storm Nae man can tether time or tide The hour approaches Tam maun ride from Tam O Shanter

  4. says:

    A vintage resident of my parents bookcase We love to read poetry aloud to each other and we know where all the good ones are in this book Popular definitely good, but there is certainly some overlap and some of our own favourites can be found among the others I was going to say Auden, but he s neither the only nor the worst author of less than deserving popular works We all like the one about wearing purple when we get old I m already old with that woman who doesn t give a damn wha A vintage resident of my parents bookcase We love to read poetry aloud to each other and we know where all the good ones are in this book Popular definitely good, but there is certainly some overlap and some of our own favourites can be found among the others I was going to say Auden, but he s neither the only nor the worst author of less than deserving popular works We all like the one about wearing purple when we get old I m already old with that woman who doesn t give a damn what fools think of her hat We are a family of rebels and poems give us rallying cries

  5. says:

    A very good introduction to some popular poetry I m not really into really whole anthologies by various poet but found this book a great read I ve been going through the poems slowly, also reading them out loud and trying to savour the language I d recommend this book to anyone who wants to do the same Obviously, my rating is for the book as a whole There were some poems I loved, others less so Some, I found very hard to get through.

  6. says:

    A real mixture of poems, most of which you will have heard somewhere, often at school Contains many gems and is enhanced by the comments of GR Jones Good to have in your collection.

  7. says:

    For the first time ever, the book of the month for my local book group was a book of poetry There is a poetry group in the village too, but this book was chosen for the book group, not the poetry group There was some dissension in the ranks on this basis I belong to both groups, and thought this made a nice change.The Nation s Favourite Poems starts with a forward by Griff Rhys Jones Griff Rhys Jones was born in Cardiff, Wales on 16 November, 1953 He was educated at Brentwood School, a a fa For the first time ever, the book of the month for my local book group was a book of poetry There is a poetry group in the village too, but this book was chosen for the book group, not the poetry group There was some dissension in the ranks on this basis I belong to both groups, and thought this made a nice change.The Nation s Favourite Poems starts with a forward by Griff Rhys Jones Griff Rhys Jones was born in Cardiff, Wales on 16 November, 1953 He was educated at Brentwood School, a a famous coeducational independent day and boarding school in Brentwood, Essex, England and at the University of Cambridge where he attended Emmanuel College, Cambridge, England He is a Welsh comedian, writer, actor and television presenter He starred in a number of television series with his comedy partner Mel Smith He also champions architecture, literature and poetry of national importance.The book is based on the result of a poll conducted in 1995 by The Bookworm, to coincide with National Poetry Day to discover the favourite poem in Britain, Rudyard Kipling s If was voted number one This unique anthology published by the BBC brings together the results of the poll in a collection of the nation s 100 best loved poems Among the selection are popular classics such as Tennyson s The Lady of Shallott and Wordsworth s The Daffodils alongside contemporary poetry such as Allan Ahlberg s Please Mrs Butler.Also included is one of my favourite poems, the poignant Unknown Soldier s Poem Do not Stand at my Grave and Weep.This is now generally attributed to Mary Frye as having been written in 1932 However this hugely popular bereavement poem has uncertain history and origins Debate surrounds the definitive and original wording of this remarkable verse, and for many the authorship is unresolved too It goes as follows Do not Stand at my Grave and WeepDo not stand at my grave and weep,I am not there I do not sleep.I am the thousand winds that blow,I am the diamond glints in snow,I am the sunlight on ripened grain,I am the gentle autumn rain.As you awake with morning s hushI am the swift up flinging rushOf quiet birds in circling flight.Do not stand at my grave and cry,I am not there I did not die.However, my absolute favourite has to be a muchmodern and excruciatingly funny poem by Jenny Joseph that reads as follows WarningWhen I am an old woman I shall wear purpleWith a red hat which doesn t go, and doesn t suit me.And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer glovesAnd satin sandals, and say we ve no money for butter.I shall sit down on the pavement when I m tiredAnd gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bellsAnd run my stick along the public railingsAnd make up for the sobriety of my youth.I shall go out in my slippers in the rainAnd pick flowers in other people s gardensAnd learn to spit.You can wear terrible shirts and growfatAnd eat three pounds of sausages at a goOr only bread and pickle for a weekAnd hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.But now we must have clothes that keep us dryAnd pay our rent and not swear in the streetAnd set a good example for the children.We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.But maybe I ought to practice a little now So people who know me are not too shocked and surprisedWhen suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.Also included were several poems that I was familiar with, some I even remembered from school and others that were completely new to me I really enjoyed The Nation s Favourite Poems anthology and everybody in the group had different favourites It was a very popular book Whether you are a natural poetry reader or not, this book is well worth looking at I highly recommend it

  8. says:

    While it was fun to occasionally come across a famous line i didn t realise was from the poem it was, there were only two that really jumped out at me and made me tab the page Siegfried Sassoon s Everone Sang and Thomas Harry s The Ruined Maid Otherwise, it was a mix of things I d read for uni and well done but monotonous rhymes verse Alas, I don t see to share the nation s taste in poetry.

  9. says:

    I first read this years ago, in fact both Mum and I had a copy, but it was hers that I ve read This time around I enjoyed it s strange mixture of poetry, but I guess that s what you get when you ask the public to name their favourite The poems I enjoyed enough to put a mark against are The Daffodils by William Wordsworth He wishes for the cloths of heaven by W B Yeats Leisure by William Henry Davies Twelve Songs by W H Auden Jaberwocky by Lewis Carroll The owl and the pussy cat by E I first read this years ago, in fact both Mum and I had a copy, but it was hers that I ve read This time around I enjoyed it s strange mixture of poetry, but I guess that s what you get when you ask the public to name their favourite The poems I enjoyed enough to put a mark against are The Daffodils by William Wordsworth He wishes for the cloths of heaven by W B Yeats Leisure by William Henry Davies Twelve Songs by W H Auden Jaberwocky by Lewis Carroll The owl and the pussy cat by Edward Lear The glory of the garden by Rudyard Kipling Bloody men by Wendy Cope Diary of a church mouse by John Betjeman Let me die a youngman s death by Roger McCough Chocolate cake by Michael Rosen Warming her pearls by Carol Ann DuffySome of these are because I remember them from school, or when I first read them Some are because it s interesting to revist a poem I thought I knew

  10. says:

    3 stars There were some good poems in this anthology Snake and The Highwayman were two of my favourites There were others that I wasn t particularly fond of, like Toilet and Chocolate Cake I m a person that appreciates rhythm and refined imagery when it comes to poetry and unless it s done spectacularly, I don t like free verse Having words scattered all over the page with no rhyme or reason makes me uncomfortable Overall, not a selection of poetry I would have chosen myself but th 3 stars There were some good poems in this anthology Snake and The Highwayman were two of my favourites There were others that I wasn t particularly fond of, like Toilet and Chocolate Cake I m a person that appreciates rhythm and refined imagery when it comes to poetry and unless it s done spectacularly, I don t like free verse Having words scattered all over the page with no rhyme or reason makes me uncomfortable Overall, not a selection of poetry I would have chosen myself but there were good ones in there and it was nice that the old faithfuls made an appearance Charge of the Light Brigade , The Road Not Taken , The Raven , etc

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