Hand in Hand : An Anthology of Love Poems, Paperback

Hand in Hand : An Anthology of Love Poems Paperback

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Carol Ann Duffy has selected 36 of the best world poets writing today and invited each of them to select a love poem written by the opposite sex which will appear opposite their own love poem.

The poets have been encouraged to look to other centuries for their choice as well as to our own time.

Simon Armitage, Hugo Williams, Billy Collins, Jackie Kay, Don Paterson, Jo Shapcott sit alongside Stevie Smith, Seamus Heaney, Elizabeth Bishop, John Donne.

This is a wonderful, heartwarming collection for Valentine's Day and for every other day of the year...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Poetry
  • ISBN: 9780330482257



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This is a very interesting idea for an anthology, pairing up contemporary writers with an opposite-sex poet of their choice. The poems don't seem to be necessarily related, though some are; it's just a collection of poems that spoke to different people, and what different people have to say about love. As with most anthology situations, there are some gems here and some I couldn't care less about. <br/><br/>As you might expect, I liked the contributions or inclusions of poets I'm already a fan of: Simon Armitage, Pablo Neruda, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Duffy herself. I was more bewildered by the proliferation of Robert Burns, whose work I've never really been attracted by, and the absence of Shakespeare. Overall, those surprises make the anthology a more interesting one: it's not whatever stereotype you might conjure for an anthology of love poetry, but something different: a conversation about love, in many different forms, moods and tenses.

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