English Love Poems by Edited by John Betjeman & Geoffrey Taylor hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
Faber & Faber, 1957, Hardback in dust wrapper.
From the cover: When they are in love people turn to poetry, seeking to find there a definition of what they themselves cannot express in words. Like no other art, poetry can crystallize, by using the right words in the right order, those thoughts and emotions which love provokes. Of love in all its moods this anthology is a reflection love as it has been experienced by English poets and made the subject-matter of English poetry, It has been compiled, to quote from the introduction, by two married men in their middle years. Each thinks he knows the joy of love fulfilled and the sorrows of love unrequited. One of them is the late Geoffrey Taylor, whose premature and tragic death in 19^6 was a most grievous loss to English letters. The other is Mr. John Betjeman. There is no need, therefore, to expatiate on the care and discrimination with which the choice has been made. English Love Poems is a delight.
Very Good in Poor Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with loss at the head of the upper panel and spine ends, further nicks and chips. Previous owners’ inscription to the first blank. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Decorative boards with Gilt titling to the Spine & Upper Board.
220 pages. Index. 8¼” x 5¼”.
This book will be listed, sooner or later, for £6.50 on my delightful website… (added to my Poetry category.) but get 50% off buying from my blog… below…