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Celebrate World Poetry Day

by Melita Ferguson 19th March 2019

It's World Poetry Day on 21st March! Celebrate with a reading list of our Red Globe Press poetry books

21st March is World Poetry Day where we pay homage to one of humanity’s most treasured forms of cultural and linguistic expression and identity: the poem. Adopted during UNESCO’s 30th General Conference in Paris in 1999, World Poetry Day is an occasion to honour poets and promote the reading, writing and teaching of poetry.
Poetry is [...] this unique art that makes us aware of extroadinary human diversity: the diversity of languages and cultures. It is a meeting place between the individual and the world. It is an introduction to difference, dialogue and peace. It is testimony to the universality of the human condition beyond the innumerable means used to describe it. - Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO

We’ve put together a reading list that surveys poetry classics as well as how you can write your own poetry.
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The Portable Poetry Workshop

Edited by Nigel McLoughlin

Push your creative writing boundaries with this collection edited by Nigel McLoughlin. Filled with exercises to get you writing, this guide takes a look at a wide variety of poetic forms from the ode to free verse.

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The Sonnets and Other Poems

Edited by Eric Rasmussen and Jonathan Bate

We always love the Bard! From the Royal Shakespeare Company, this is the definitive edition of Shakespeare’s much-loved poetry. With an introduction by renowned scholar Sir Jonathan Bate, this book presents a historical overview of Shakespeare’s poetic works. It also includes outstanding on-page explanatory notes to the sonnets and poems.

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The Desire to Write: The Five Keys to Creative Writing

By Graeme Harper

This dynamic exploration of creative writing analyses why humans have long been passionate about creative writing. Blending practice-based critical context with contemporary theory, this book journeys into creative writing’s past and ponders its future. This book is an invaluable tool for all aspiring and established writers looking to harness positive aspects of their craft.

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American Poetry Since 1945

Edited by Eleanor Spencer-Regan

In the aftermath of the Second World War, American poets took stock of their own tumultuous past while also facing the future with radically new artistic ideals and commitments. Edited by Eleanor Spencer-Regan, this collection introduces major American poets of the post-war generation and evaluates their achievements in light of changing critical opinion.

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Playing With Words: An Introduction to Creative Writing Craft

By Shelley Davidow and Paul Williams

Full of fresh and timely new approaches to the writer’s craft, this guide will take you on an exciting and challenging journey to becoming a sophisticated writer. Through a variety of exercises and freewriting prompts, Playing With Words will help you develop your skills while trying out new approaches along the way.

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The Poetry of Sylvia Plath: A Reader's Guide to Essential Criticism

Edited by Claire Brennan

This reader’s guide, edited by Claire Brennan, walks you through prominent critical approaches to Plath’s poetry. Recognising the centrality of Plath to feminist debates, this book examines how critics have variously described the poet as personal and political, an American modernist and an English romantic.

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Contemporary British Poetry: A Reader's Guide to Essential Criticism

By David Wheatley

More than ever before, contemporary British poetry and its surrounding criticism are characterised by diversity, contestation and reinvention. From class to gender to postcolonialism, this reader’s guide explores key topics in British poetry today and considers future directions in criticism.

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