I’m not a massive poetry person. Since GCSEs and A Levels made me analyse them to death, I’ve avoided poetry. But this collection was too beautiful for me to ignore.

Poems to Live Your Life By is a book of poetry collated and illustrated by Chris Riddell. People who read my blog regularly know that I obsess over Chris Riddell, which explains my reasons for buying this.

The collection is just beautiful. Each poem has individual illustrations surrounding it, bringing the poem to life.

Even though I dislike poetry as a whole, there are a few poems that I love, and some of them were in this collection, including Digging by Seamus Heaney and Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll. Even though I have read these poems multiple times, the illustrations made them feel new to me, because it almost gave a new interpretation to them.

I also discovered some poems that I hadn’t heard of before and now love, including Thirteen by Kate Tempest, and Safe Sounds by Carol Ann Duffy.

This is definitely a book to buy for the poetry lover in your life!

Rating: 4.5/5

Buy it on Amazon here

Hardcover, 208 pages, published by Macmillan Children’s Books, £10.99

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  1. This sounds brilliant especially if you aren’t really in to poetry but want to have a great collection as an introduction, fab post!

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