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