CATEGORY   Natural History, Food, Walking

Hardcover, 124 pages, 167 x 244 mm, 1985

Viking ISBN 978-0-670-81755-9

Pictures by Gordon Beningfield
Compiled by Jill Hollis

English poetry, and especially English lyric poetry, is one of the glories of world literature. From Shakespeare to the present day, an important element in the inspiration of lyric poetry has been the countryside in all its variety and beauty. Indeed, some parts of Britain are inextricably identified with a particular poet: Hardy’s Dorset, Wordsworth’s Lakes, Housman’s Shropshire . . .

In Poems of the Countryside, a wide selection of poems – some familiar, some much less so – is sensitively juxtaposed with Gordon Beningfield’s magnificent pictures, largely taken from his bestselling books, Beningfield’s Countryside and Beningfield’s English Landscape, to create a very special kind of anthology: one that will give poetic and visual pleasure for many years to come.