6 Penguin Clothbound Poets from the Canon

Sit beside us and gape at the vibrant tapestry of poetic voices with Penguin’s Clothbound Poets. Journey through the mystical yearnings of Christina Rossetti, where “golden apples hang aloft” (Goblin Market), or grapple with the raw beauty and social critiques of Thomas Hardy, or fall into the multitudinal spirit of Whitman’s boundless verse! Choose your lyrical adventure and prepare to be taken with these woven clothbound verses.

Goblin Market and Other Poems by Christina Rosetti

“Backwards up the mossy glen,

Turn’d and troop’d the goblin men,

With their shrill repeated cry,

“Come buy, come buy.”

”Welcome to the alluring world of Christina Rossetti’s “Goblin Market and Other Poems.” With a distinct voice, Rosetti expertly blends sensuality with religious imagery, weaving tales of temptation and redemption. In the captivating title poem, sisters Laura and Lizzie confront their desires amidst the “Come buy, come buy” calls of goblin merchants. This collection, a timeless classic, explores themes of love, loss, and the complexities of the human heart, leaving readers with lines that linger, like “Hush, hush! take no more!” a haunting echo from the goblins’ seductive cries.

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

 “I celebrate myself, and sing myself,

And what I assume you shall assume,

For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.”

Walt Whitman’s revolutionary “Leaves of Grass” shatters poetic conventions. Free from rhyme and metre, Whitman’s expansive verses celebrate democracy, nature, and the human body in all its forms. This groundbreaking collection, constantly revised by Whitman himself, remains a cornerstone of American literature, urging readers to embrace the vastness of life and themselves.

The Tower by W.B. Yeats

 “What shall I do with this absurdity…Decrepit age that has been tied to me”

W. B. Yeats’ haunting masterpiece, “The Tower,” grapples with ageing and mortality in his signature blend of symbolism and lyricism. The poem, set in a Norman tower, finds Yeats wrestling with the fading of his youth. Yet, amidst the melancholy, flickers of defiance and a search for meaning emerge. “The Tower” is a testament to Yeats’ enduring power, his introspective voice echoing across generations.

A Shropshire Lad by A.E. Houseman

“Oh, when I was in love with you,

The stars so bright above would shine

But all I ever wish for now

Is an endive for dinner-time”

A.E. Housman’s “A Shropshire Lad” is a poignant collection of poems etched in a distinct, melancholic beauty. Through deceptively simple language, Housman explores themes of lost love, mortality, and the fleeting nature of youth. The collection’s enduring power lies in its unflinching honesty.  This Shropshire Lad ponders life’s impermanence with a quiet dignity, making the collection a timeless classic.

The Temple by George Herbert

 “A broken altar, Lord, thy servant craves”

George Herbert’s “The Temple” isn’t a singular poem, but a meticulously crafted collection. Herbert, a metaphysical poet, uses everyday imagery to explore profound themes of faith, doubt, and the human relationship with God. His witty conceits and introspective tone make “The Temple” a timeless classic, offering solace and provoking thought for all who seek a deeper connection with the divine.

Wessex Poems by Thomas Hardy

Immerse yourself in the haunting beauty of “Wessex Poems” by Thomas Hardy. Hardy’s evocative verses paint a vivid picture of his fictional Wessex, a realm echoing with both rural charm and a sense of lost love and fleeting time. His poems, like “The Ruined Maid,” grapple with fate and human resilience: “A bleeding bird lay in the cold.” This collection, a canonised gem in English literature, offers a profound meditation on life’s complexities, set against the backdrop of the timeless English countryside.

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