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  • Published: 4 January 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446413111
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

Flora Poetica

The Chatto Book of Botanical Verse




Chosen by Anna Pavord as one of her books of the year, this unique and beautiful anthology of flower poems is the perfect gift for gardeners.

This beautifully compiled and designed anthology brings together over 250 poems about flowers, plants and trees from eight centuries of writing in English. Fourteenth-century lyrics sit next to poems of the twenty-first century; celebrations of plants native to the English soil share the volume with more exotic plant poetry from further afield, creating a cornucopia of intriguing juxtapositions. There are thirty poems about roses, by poets as diverse as Shakespeare, Dorothy Parker and the South African, Seitlhamo Motsapi; but there are also sections devoted to more unusual plants such as the mandrake, the starapple and the tamarind. An ex-gardener, the poet Sarah Maguire brings her extensive botanical knowledge to bear on all the poems, arranging them into botanical families, identifying the plants being written about and writing a fascinating introduction about how the history of flowers goes hand in hand with the history of English poetry. Whether you are a poetry lover, a gardener, a botanist, or simply the purchase of an occasional bouquet, this unique anthology allows you to luxuriate amidst the world's flora.

  • Published: 4 January 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446413111
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

About the author

Sarah Maguire

Born in west London, where she has lived all her life, Sarah Maguire left school early to train as a gardener. The author of four highly praised poetry collections, she is also the editor of Flora Poetica: The Chatto Book of Botanical Verse. The first writer to be sent to Palestine and Yemen by the British Council, she is the founder and director of the Poetry Translation Centre, an organisation that aims to enhance English poetry by engaging with the rich poetic traditions of the UK’s recent immigrant communities.

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Praise for Flora Poetica

I cannot imagine an anthology anyone would enjoy more...as entrancing as the lost gardens of Heligan...[a] passionate array of words and feelings tendrilling across the pages

Ruth Padel, Independent

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