Poetry As Rescue Remedy

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Books - reviews and literary news from The Times and The Sunday Times

Amanda Craig reviews some recent children's poetry collections, objecting to some - either on the grounds that the poems included will appeal to adults but not to children, or because they have been selected to act as First-Aid For Parents (the subtitle of one of the books reviewed) - and liking best the collections put together by poets:

The best collections of poetry are inevitably made by poets, and while both The Rattle Bag and Charles Causley�s collection for Macmillan are equally essential, the next best is The New Faber Book of Children�s Verse edited by Matthew Sweeney. This is not new (it has been around since 2001) but has been reissued by the publishers to be in the shops for Christmas. I don�t much care for the illustrations by Sarah Fanelli, but what is so good about this refreshingly astringent collection is the freshness of much of the material � Sweeney has looked out for �poems written for adults that I felt would speak to children�, and they do.

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