We British: the Poetry of the People

Marr, Andrew

£20.00

More than just an anthology, WE BRITISH is a history of Britain told through its poetry. Written by BritainÕs most celebrated political commentator for World Poetry Day. This is the story of Britain told from inside. Hundreds of thousands of Britons over many centuries have left traces of what it was like to be them Ð letters, drawings, text messages, emails and social network exhibitionism. But unlike texts, emails or television, poetry allows people from distant times to talk directly to us, with nobody else getting in the way: a mediaeval ploughman, a Tudor drunk or a jilted Georgian woman can look us in the eyes. What follows, then, is not a history of Britain in verse, but an epic story of what it was to be ÒBritishÓ Ð which means Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Northumbrian, Mercian as well as English. Combining some of the greatest of our poetry, including poems far too little-known, with explanations and brief historical essays, WE BRITISH amounts to a surprising, uplifting journey towards a new way of thinking about who we have been and who we are.

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Publisher
4th Estate
Publisher City
London
Year
2015
Edition
1st
Format
h/b
Author
Marr, Andrew
SKU
IYC132745
Categories
Condition
Very good, 1st edition, unclipped d/j (good, some scuff marks), white clothbound boards (slight bumping at spine base), metallic blue spine titling bright, text block firm, pages crisp, couple of small stains on edges.
Size
8vo: royal (250 x 170 / 10" x 6_")
Page Count
651
ISBN
9780008130893