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A cure or consolation for every modern misery

Advantages: Good for the soul, great for the bedside table!
Disadvantages: 101 poems might not be enough ...

The book cover tells you 'Prozac has side effects, drink gives you hangovers, therapy's too expensive; for a quick and effective relief for all your emotional ailments, try a poem'. OK, so a poem isn't the ideal fix in the face of adversity or a moment ...

Natalie 29.06.2001 · Read full review
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Review of 101 Poems That Could Save Your Life - Daisy Goodwin

Safety Line

Advantages: cheers you up
Disadvantages: you're left wanting more

After watching the programmes on television, telling us of tales of love and more recently Christmas poems, I wasn't surprised to find a whole stack of books edited by Daisy Goodwin on the shops shelves. But this is a good thing. This is a woman who un ...

Squinkle 20.05.2006 · Read full review
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Review of 101 Poems That Could Save Your Life - Daisy Goodwin

My Poems

Advantages: Cheerful.
Disadvantages: None

Here are some of my poems I hope you will like. I write poems for fun and amusement. Reg the Rat Reg the rat lives in a cage He dines on salmon, beef and sos-age He greets you with a friendly chirp A swish of the tail and a noisy burp. He's a ...

Chosen 02.03.2003 · Read full review
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Review of 101 Poems That Could Save Your Life - Daisy Goodwin

'He wasn't Larkin about!'

Advantages: Profound but down to Earth - a poetic genius...
Disadvantages: You'll either love him or hate him!

Philip Larkin, an insight into the genius, the poet, the man… I have to admit that when I first started to study Larkin for my A – levels, it was difficult not to curse him, let alone like him! On the surface, Larkin appears to be a misogynistic and se ...

clairearnold 09.08.2004 · Read full review
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Review of The Whitsun Weddings - Philip Larkin

The truss-advertisement of truth

Advantages: Gorgeous
Disadvantages: Gloomy

Why read poetry? It's hardly the most popular art form; most of us prefer to escape into a film, a soap or fantasy fiction. To be honest, I don't often read it myself. One or two poets, though, keep me coming back. Philip Larkin is one of them. I know he' ...

Silverback 30.04.2003 · Read full review
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Review of The Whitsun Weddings - Philip Larkin