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Description - Flora Poetica by Sarah Maguire

This new anthology is as entrancing as the lost gardens of Heligan - I cannot imagine an anthology anyone would enjoy more.' Ruth Padel, The Independent This beautifully compiled and designed anthology brings together over 250 poems about flowers, plants and trees from eight centuries of writing in English. Fourteenth-century lyrics sit next to poems of the twenty-first century; celebrations of plants native to the English soil share the volume with more exotic plant poetry from further afield, creating a cornucopia of intriguing juxtapositions. There are thirty poems about roses, by poets as diverse as Shakespeare, Dorothy Parker and the South African, Seitlhamo Motsapi; but there are also sections devoted to more unusual plants such as the mandrake, the star apple and the tamarind. n ex-gardener, the poet Sarah Maguire brings her extensive botanical knowledge to bear on all the poems, arranging them into botanical families, identifying the plants being written about and writing a fascinating introduction about how the history of flowers goes hand in hand with the history of English poetry. Whether you are a poetry lover, a gardener, a botanist, or simply the purchase of an oc

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780701169237
ISBN-10: 0701169230
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 154mm x 26mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-May-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Sarah Maguire

Sarah Maguire's three volumes of poetry, Spilt Milk, The Invisible Mender and The Florist's at Midnight, have brought her much acclaim. Formerly poet in residence at the Chelsea Physic Garden, she is currently the Writing Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies. She is much in demand at readings and festivals and frequently broadcasts on BBC radio 3 and 4.

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