Because a Fire Was in my Head: 101 Poems to Remember edited

Whether little or big, this is a poetry anthology for each one of us to keep to hand; one that you can grow up with, and grow into. Morpurgo has been exhilaratingly bold in his selections, as Shakespeare’s When icicles hang by the wall’ sits alongside Spike Milligan’s playful rhyme On the Ning Nang Nong’; and W. B. Yeat’s Song of Wandering Aengus’ might be followed by the playground favourite Oranges and Lemons’ or the nursery lullaby The Owl and the Pussycat’. This is a collection which embraces life to the full, but is also not shy about including poems that speak to those more difficult and universal human experiences – in W. H. Auden’s Stop All the Clocks’ – or moments of reflection as in Robert Frost’s Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’. With a poem here for everyone, this is a collection you’ll want to keep for life.

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