Quick Review: Classic FM One Hundred Favourite Poems

Summary (from back of book)

Here are the works chosen by Classic FM listeners in the poll to discover their favourite poems. This is a rich and varied collection: here are not only the famous poems you would expect to find – and all the famous poets – but also some wonderful less well-known works, together with biographies of all poets by Mike Read.


I really enjoyed reading this collection of poems, but perhaps more than the poems, I found the short biographies the highlight. Everyone one of them was interesting to read.

I was pleased to see some of my favourite poems made the list, and some of them ranked quite highly. Some of my favourites were “The Listeners” by Walter de la Mere, “The Lady of Shallot” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “If” by Rudyard Kipling, “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley, and “Remember Me” by Christina Rossetti.

There were also well-known poems that I know I should have read by now, but hadn’t all the way through. These included “Ode On A Grecian Urn” by Keats, “The Daffodils” by Wordsworth (though who doesn’t know the first two lines off by heart?) and “To A Skylark” by Shelley.

What I like about collections such as this is that there are always poets included that I’ve not yet come across. They serve as a great introduction to new poets whose style you like – or don’t like – or whose poems resonate – or not – with you, and guide you into searching out more of their work.


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