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The Map and the Clock is a celebration of the most scintillating poems ever composed on our islands. Curated by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and by Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales, this anthology gathers fourteen centuries of extraordinary verse - beginning with the first writings from the old languages of England and Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and culminating in The Map and the Clock is a celebration of the most scintillating poems ever composed on our islands. Curated by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and by Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales, this anthology gathers fourteen centuries of extraordinary verse - beginning with the first writings from the old languages of England and Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and culminating in some of our most recent poets, speaking in our present-day tongues. Many of our founding myths and legends are told here - King Arthur and Gawain, Beowulf and Mad Sweeney, the Mabinogion - as are the nursery-tales and songs we still sing today. Through these pages we witness the tragedy of European wars and world conflict; we court romance and friendship; we explore nationhood and belonging, identity and belief; and we are welcomed to a celebration of the cultural diversity of the poetries of our twenty-first century. The Map and the Clock is a stunning and essential treasury of the poems that have moulded our languages, examined our worlds, and shaped our islands through time.


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The Map and the Clock is a celebration of the most scintillating poems ever composed on our islands. Curated by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and by Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales, this anthology gathers fourteen centuries of extraordinary verse - beginning with the first writings from the old languages of England and Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and culminating in The Map and the Clock is a celebration of the most scintillating poems ever composed on our islands. Curated by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and by Gillian Clarke, National Poet of Wales, this anthology gathers fourteen centuries of extraordinary verse - beginning with the first writings from the old languages of England and Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and culminating in some of our most recent poets, speaking in our present-day tongues. Many of our founding myths and legends are told here - King Arthur and Gawain, Beowulf and Mad Sweeney, the Mabinogion - as are the nursery-tales and songs we still sing today. Through these pages we witness the tragedy of European wars and world conflict; we court romance and friendship; we explore nationhood and belonging, identity and belief; and we are welcomed to a celebration of the cultural diversity of the poetries of our twenty-first century. The Map and the Clock is a stunning and essential treasury of the poems that have moulded our languages, examined our worlds, and shaped our islands through time.

30 review for The Map and the Clock: A Laureate's Choice of the Poetry of Britain and Ireland

  1. 4 out of 5

    Johanne

    This is an excellent anthology. It sustained us over a year of turmoil, illness and recovery, solitary reading across phone lines and snuggled reading together. As with any anthology different people will like and dislike individual pieces but the whole is a great amble through poetry's back story. There are some favourites and some new discoveries and it makes a fabulous lucky dip. It takes a chronological approach and often (but not always) offers lesser known works from well-known poets. High This is an excellent anthology. It sustained us over a year of turmoil, illness and recovery, solitary reading across phone lines and snuggled reading together. As with any anthology different people will like and dislike individual pieces but the whole is a great amble through poetry's back story. There are some favourites and some new discoveries and it makes a fabulous lucky dip. It takes a chronological approach and often (but not always) offers lesser known works from well-known poets. Highly recommended

  2. 4 out of 5

    Clari

    There is a bias towards modern poems (for example 1600-1700 is about 50 pages, 2000-now is 110 pages), but it is a beautiful collection which explores some of the perhaps less well known works of British and Irish poetry.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Johnpm

    This is a dreadful anthology I bought the kindle format, whatever way the algorithm works each line of ANY poem starts with a capital letter, this throws my rhythm when reading the poem as my mind thinks it's a start to a new sentence. This angers me as I would have expected a better standard of quality from a British Poet Laureate to at least inspect the work. I struggled to half way through and now I am going to ask for my money back. Do not buy this exercise in cashing in.

  4. 4 out of 5

    emilee

    This is a brilliant anthology of poems across an enormous variety of styles, subjects, and, of course, time periods. I would have liked to have some additional information about each of the poems and poets - for example, the year of the poem's initial publication or the poet's birth and death years - but the lack of this information did not detract from my enjoyment of this adventure through British and Irish poetry. My copy now has many pages marked for future reference and it's a book I will c This is a brilliant anthology of poems across an enormous variety of styles, subjects, and, of course, time periods. I would have liked to have some additional information about each of the poems and poets - for example, the year of the poem's initial publication or the poet's birth and death years - but the lack of this information did not detract from my enjoyment of this adventure through British and Irish poetry. My copy now has many pages marked for future reference and it's a book I will continue to pick up again and again for years to come.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mountainmoth

    A fantastic collection spanning over 2000 years of poetry from all sides and standpoints. Loved it!

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