The Penguin Book of Contemporary verse

Cover pattern by Stephen Russ. First published 1950, this reprint 1963.

  • bloomfield and george 5y

    Love these covers.
  • Blind Foxaroo 5y

    Oh! I have this book!
    And yes, it does have the best cover in the world.
    It also contains my all-time favourite poem 'Snow', by Louis MacNeice. :)
  • Twm Gardner 5y

    My copy fell apart after a while, now there is more cellotape than paper.
    And yes 'Snow' what a poem.
  • letslookupandsmile 5y

    Yay! Thanks all.
    For those of you who are curious, here's some Snow:
    The room was suddenly rich and the great bay-window was
    Spawning snow and pink roses against it
    Soundlessly collateral and incompatible:
    World is suddener than we fancy it.

    World is crazier and more of it than we think,
    Incorrigibly plural. I peel and portion
    A tangerine and spit the pips and feel
    The drunkenness of things being various.

    And the fire flames with a bubbling sound for world
    Is more spiteful and gay than one supposes
    On the tongue on the eyes on the ears in the palms of one's hands-
    There is more than glass between the snow and the huge roses.
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