There comes to some students a moment when they suddenly realise that tucked away within the poetry they are invited to read there is something so radical, so exciting, so different, that it seems to turn the whole world upside down.
Then, at that moment, they want to read more.
It might happen when a student suddenly comes across “the road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom” and interprets Blake in her or his own way.
Or they might find an inspiration in Keats with “The sculptured dead on each side.”
And while one might not want to start a student revolution in school, there are lines from past centuries which can still stir many an active young mind. Who knows what some might do with the thought:
‘Rise like lions after slumber
In unvanquishable number;
Shake your chains to earth like dew
Which in sleep had fallen on you.
Ye are many, they are few.’
Scouring poetry in order to find individual lines that mean something to the student is, of course, not the same as properly studying the poetry but it can be a way into the subject. In such a situation all that is needed is for the student to have access to the poetic works themselves.
But that raises the question, can we really afford to have copies of all the key works of the major poets available for any student who suddenly wants to know more?
And the answer is yes, when the cost of editions is very modest.
If you would like to see our list of poetry collections each at under £4, this page from our website gives the full details.
There will be no unexpected surprises, I can assure you – at least not until the students open one of the books and start developing their own unique interest in the greatest poetry in the English language.
Also available on the site is an order form showing all the books (poetry and otherwise) that we have available.
And, of course, besides the poetry we have reprints of the classics from as little as £1.88 each (with no delivery charge and no minimum order) covering authors from Conan Doyle to Oscar Wilde, Jules Verne to James Joyce.
For a selection of the 50 texts most regularly bought by schools, taken from our full range of 400 titles, please do click here.
I do hope you will have a moment to look at what is on offer and try some of our titles.