Palgrave's Golden Treasury, Paperback Book
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Originally published in 1861, Palgrave's Golden Treasury quickly established itself as the most popular selection of English poems.

Today it stands as a testament to the richness of our finest native poetic writing from Spenser, Shakespeare, and Wordsworth, to Tennyson, Yeats, Eliot, and Betjeman.

This edition includes a sixth book, prepared by John Press, which covers the post-war years, showing that the lyrical tradition remains strong.

Over 90 poets are included, from Dylan Thomas, George Mackay Brown, Ted Hughes, and Philip Larkin to Carol Ann Duffy, Elizabeth Garrett and Simon Armitage.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 718 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Poetry
  • ISBN: 9780192803696

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My own copy is a well worn red hardcover published in the 1940's, bearing my first scribbles over the drawings. It is the first book I remember in my life, hence the nostalgic 5 star rating. I drew in it as a toddler and haltingly made out words as I learned them (I was a freakishly early reader, words seemed my natural place on this earth and gave me great solace. It was therefore a shock to find myself in postwar Japan at age 6, unable to even understand what the symbols..apparently letters...were).<br/>As a 10 year old I memorized most of my favorites, and as a 13 year old treated my mirror to dramatic recitations of the longer, more poignant poems. And I made the book an oracle of love, choosing poems by random number to determine if the freckled face kid who was still shorter than I returned my great passion. Since lots of the poems have to do with love, well, sure he did.<br/><br/>It was good training for a poet, if peculiar, and I'd gladly place Palgrave in the library of any home with curious, quirky, poets to be growing up in it.