Poems to Fall in Love With
Chosen and Illustrated by Chris Riddell
Chris Riddell offers Poems to Fall in Love With, a follow up to his hugely successful Poems to Live Your Life By. The selection is organised through themes, beginning with ‘Love and Friendship‘ and followed by poems around ‘Beginning’. Amongst these are classics, such as John Keats’ ‘La Belle Dame sans Merci’ and ‘The Indian Serenade‘ by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Yet, there are newer works, like Neil Gaiman’s tear- springing, ‘Locks’– ‘We owe it to each other to tell stories,/as people simply, not as father and daughter,/ I tell it to you for the hundredth time:
Thereafter, Chris Riddell selects poems grouped under the umbrellas of ‘Valentine‘ and ‘Let’s Stick Together’, before concluding with works around the concept of ‘My Life Closed Twice‘. I love the broad mix of titles within each section, alongside the fact that these poems challenge and linger. For example, a work such as Nick Cave’s ‘Into My Arms’ resonates with devotion. After that, a poem such as ‘If You Are an Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh‘ by Hera Lindsay Bird, pulsates with curious, passionate images.
Poems to Fall in Love With is an exceptional collection that this Bookwagon bookseller has bought for family and friends.
This book is also available in hardback format:- Poems to Fall in Love With