Book Review:
Garden Poems

Title: Garden Poems
Edited by: John Hollander
Published: 1996
Language: English
Pages: 256
Rating: 3/5

A collection of poetry about gardens.

This was another little lovely collection from the Everyman's Library Pocket Poets. I quite enjoyed it.

Like with almost all poetry collections, there are some you love and some you don't. I did spend a fair amount of time reading this, as I just picked it up here and there, and I think that made it more enjoyable. I think this book can get a bit repetitive if you read it all at once.

One of my favourite poems were "The Garden of Love" by Willam Blake:

I went to the Garden of Love
And saw what I never had seen
A Chapel was built in the midst
Where I used to play on the green

And the gates of this Chapel was shut
And Thou shalt not, writ over the door
So I turn'd to the Garden of Love
That so many sweet flowers bore

And I saw it was filled with graves
And tomb-stones where flowers should be
And Priests in black gowns, were walking their rounds
And binding with briars, my joys and desires
p. 59

I would recommend this if you want to try a variety of poets and like gardens and nature. I also think this would make a sweet little gift for someone who enjoys this subject.

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As always, I have to show you how gorgeous this book is without the dust jacket:


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