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An anthology of classic poems that are perfect for bedside reading, accompanied by charming illustrations by Jane Robbins. From Chaucer to Carroll, Shakespeare to Shelley, enjoy the UK's favorite poets in this gorgeous anthology by the National Trust. From Renaissance writers such as Christopher Marlowe, Victorians like Christina Rossetti, and Modernists such as T.S. Eliot, explore a variety of poets from all ages. Also included in this selection are poets who are connected to National Trust properties, such as Vita Sackville-West, who lived at Sissinghurst and Thomas Hardy, whose cottage is looked after by the National Trust. The poems in this book are organized by themes to make it easy to find a poem that can console or amuse, or for special occasions like readings at christenings and weddings. "Velvet Footsteps" celebrates our animal friends; "A Green & Pleasant Land" illustrates the beauty of our landscapes; "The Lone & Level Sands" explores smuggler's coves and the moods of the sea; "The Noise of Battle" recalls classic war poems.


Jane McMorland Hunter has written several books, including Ode to London. Her other books include three books in the Teach Yourself series, as well as The Tiny Garden and For the Love of an Orchard. Jane Robbins went to Hornsey College of Art, where she studied Graphic Design. During the subsequent years of teaching art and working, she produced her own work—mainly printmaking, but also designing knitting patterns. She now sells her work at exhibitions and shows, in the form of giclee prints and greetings cards.