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Staying Alive: Real Poems for Unreal Times

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Genre: Drama / Poetry / Criticism / Paperback / 496 Pages / Book is published 2002-06-27 by Bloodaxe Books Ltd

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      25.03.2012 15:09
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      An excellent collection for any poetry fan to have on their bookshelf!

      This book was on the reading list for my poetry module at university. It is a collection of various poets writing under a wide range of themes: Body and soul; Roads and journeys; Growing up and In and out of love, to name but a few. I believe that due to the large range of themes dealt with, there is something for everyone.

      The collection is a good starting place for those of you who, like me, want to get into poetry but have no clue where to start. With the wide range of poets herein, it will not take you long to find somebody you like.
      I would also recommend it to those of you who enjoy poetry already, especially if you are looking for something a little different. Perhaps it will open up a whole new world of poets for you, or simply provide you with more poems by old favourites.

      Structure?
      The layout is simple and easy to navigate. Each chapter beginning provides a few quotes on the topic and an introduction too. Although the font size for the introduction is quite small, you can just skip it over as it does not tell you how to read the poems or if there's anything to look out for specifically.
      As for the layout of the poems themselves, they are in simple, clear font and there may be two to a page, or even three. The poets are credited at the end of each poem.

      Overall?
      This collection is a must for those new to poetry and those who have been immersed in it for years. It is well organised with themes arranged in their own chapters. The poems are not sorted by poet name or in alphabetical order, so you can just flick through and pick a poem to read which I find enlightening because of the huge range of styles provided.

      For those of you looking to write your own poetry, this is a brilliant place to start because of the wide range of techniques used from the poets themselves.

      A must have.

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