Many of these books can be purchased for the equivalent of the cost of lunch depending on where you lunch, of courseor, at most, set back the book-buyer no more than a night out in the local pub would. Much of the challenge is working on the order and identifying certain poems that act as breathers to achieve the right tempo.
There are some great choices here, among them poems by W. The editor has to think hard about which poems are put together and how they relate to each other.
Since childhood, in my loneliest or most tumultuous hours, I have found solace in identifying the perfect poem for the moment. Edited by Sir Christopher Ricks, this anthology is, in our opinion, simply the best one out there.
Have we missed off your favourite from this list?
The Oxford Book of English Verse. The Norton Anthology of Poetry. It makes you feel human. A Poem for Every Day of the Year, edited by Allie Esiri This is a really fine family anthology: just leave it around in the house and see how often everyone, not just the children, turns to it.