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أسواق الذهب

by أحمد شوقى

قلْ لا أعرِف الرِّقّ، وتقيَّد بالواجب وتقيَّد بالحقّ؛ الحرية وما هِيَه؟ "الحُمَيراءُ"  الغالية، فِتنةُ القرون الخالية، وطَلِبةُ النفوسِ العالية؛ غِذاءُ الطّبائع، ومادّةُ الشرائع، وأُمُّ الوسائل والذَّرائع؛ بنتُ العلم إذا عمّ، والخلق إذا تمّ، وربيبة الصبر الجميل والعمل الجمّ؛ الجهلُ يئدُها، والصغائرُ تُفسدُها، والفُرْقةُ تُبعدُها؛ تكبيرةُ الوجود، في أُذُن المولود؛ وتحية الدُّنيا له إذا وصل، وصيْحة الحياة به إذا نَصَل؛ هاتِفٌ منَ السماءِ يقولُ له: يا ابنَ آدم؛ حَسْبُكَ من الأسماءِ عبدُ الله وسيّدُ العالَم، وهي القابلة التي تستقبله، ثم تسرُّهُ وتُسَرْبلُه، وهي المهدُ والتميمَة، والمُرضعُ الكريمة، المنجبة كـ "حليمة". ألبانُها حياة، وأحضانُها جنَّات. وأنفاسُها طيِّبات. العزيزُ من وُلدَ بين سَحْرِها ونَحْرها، وتعلق بصدرِها، ولعِبَ على كَتِفها وحِجرها، وترعرعَ بين خِدرها وسِترها.. ضجيعةُ موسى في التابوت، وَجاوَرَتْه في دار الطاغوت، والعصا التي توكأ عليها، والنَّارُ التي عشَا إليها، جبلّةُ المَسيح، السِّيدِ السَّميح، وإنجيلُه، الذي حاربُه جيلُه، وسَبيلُه، الذي جانَبَهُ قَبيلُه، طِينةُ محمدٍ عن نفسِه، عن قومِه، عن أمسِه، عن يومه، أنسابٌ عالية، وأحسابٌ زاكية، وملوكٌ بادية، لم يَدنهم طاغية، وهي رُوحُ بيانِه، ومُنحدَر السُّوَر على لسانِه، الحرِّية، عقدُ الملك، وعهدُ المَلْك، وسًكان الفُلْك، يدُ القلم، على الأمم، ومِنحة الفكر، ونفحة الشعر وقصيدة الدهر، لا يُستَعْظَمُ فيها قرْبان، ولو كان الخليفة عثمان بن عفان، جنينٌ يحمَلُ به في أيام المحْنَة، وتحتَ أفياء الفتنة، وحينَ البغي سيرة السَّامَّة ، والعدوان وتيرة العامَّة، وعندَما تناهى غفلة السواد، وتفاقم عَبث القوَّاد، وبين الدَّم المطلول، والسيف المسلول، والنظم المحلول، وكذلك كان الرُّسلُ يولدون عندَ عموم الجهالة، ويُبعثون حين طمُوم الضلالة؛ فإذا كَملَتْ مدَّتُه. وطلَعتْ غُرَّتهُ، وسطعَتْ أُسِرَّتُه، وصحَّتْ في المهد إمرتُه، بدّلت الحالَ غيرَ الحال، وجاءَ رجالٌ بعدَ الرِّجَال؛ دينٌ ينفسحُ للصادقِ والمنافق، وسوقٌ يتَّسع للكاسِد والنَّافق، مولودٌ حمْلُهُ قرُون، ووضعُهُ سِنُون، وحَداثتُه أشغالٌ وشئون، وأهوالٌ وشجون، فرحِمَ الله كلَّ من وطَّأ ومهَّد، وهيَّأ وتعهَّد، ثم استشهدَ قبلَ أن يشهَد. إذا أحرزت الأُممُ الحرِّيَّة أتت السيادةُ من نفسِها، وسعت الإمارةُ على رأسِها، وبُنِيَت الحضارةُ من أُسِّها؛ فهي الآمرُ الوازع، القليلُ المُنازِع، النبيلُ المشاربِ والمَنَازع؛ الذي لا يتخذ شِيعة، ولا صنيعة، ولا يَزْدهي بخديعة؛ خازنٌ ساهر، وحاسبٌ ماهر؛ دانقُ الجماعة بذمةٍ منهُ وأمان، ودِرْهَمُهم في حِرْزهِ دِرْهَمَان. "فيا ليلى" ماذا مِن أترَاب، وارَيْتِ التراب؟ وأخدان، أسلمتِ للديدان؟ عُمَّالٌ للحق عُمَّار، كانوا الشُّموسَ والأقمار، فأصبحوا على أفواه الرُّكَّاب والسُّمار؛ وأين قيسُك المعولِ؟ ومجنونُك الأوَّل؟ حائطُ الحقُّ الأطوَل، وفارسُ الحقيقةِ الأجوَل؛ أين مصطفى؟ زينُ الشباب، ورَيْحان الأحباب. وأوَّلُ من دَفع الباب، وأبرزَ النَّاب، وزأرَ دون الغاب؟...  

أميرة الأندلس

by أحمد شوقى

            "الملك نشوان ومعه مضحكه مقلاص يدنو من زورق على الوادي الكبير فيثب فيه ويقول" الملك       :         انظر يا مقلاص إلى هذا الزورق ما ألطفه، صدق القول: كل صغير لطيف. مقلاص    :         إلا وظيفتي في قصرك فإنها لا لطيفة ولا شريفة، وإن هذا الزورق قد ينقلب فيأخذ شكل النعش، ولن يكون النعشُ لطيفًا أبدًا. الملك       :         هبه انقلب يا مقلاص فصار نعشًا، أليس النعشُ مركبَ كل حي وإن طالتْ سلامته! مقلاص    :         أما أنا فيعفيني الملك. الملك       :         لا يا مقلاص لا أعفيك، ولا أحسبك تدعني أسير في لجة النهر وحدي وأنا كما تراني نشوان. مقلاص    :         وإن كان ولابد أيها الملك فإني أقترح.. الملك       :         وما تقترح؟ مقلاص    :         أن أكون أنا المجدِّفَ وحدي. الملك       :         ولماذا؟ مقلاص    :         الأمر بيِّن! التيار مجنون، والسكر مجنون، وأنت سلطان وكل سلطان مجنون. وهذا الزورق خشبة لا عقل لها فهو أيضًا مجنون؛ وإني أربأ بحياتي أيها الملك أن أجمع عليها مجانين أربعة. الملك       :         (مستضحكًا) لا يكون إلا ما اقترحتَ يا مقلاص، تعال اركب وجدف وحدك واترك لي أنا الدفة. مقلاص    :         أما هذا فنعم. وإني أرجو أن تكون دفة هذا المركب الصغير أحسن مصيرًا في يديك من دفة المملكة. الملك       :         (مستضحكًا) تعال ثب؛ هات يدك. (مقلاص ينزل إلى الزورق ويأخذ المجدافين). الملك       :         انظر يا مقلاص وراءك، إني أرى قاربًا يندفع نحونا مسرعًا كأنه حوت مطارد مذعور. مقلاص    :         هو ذا قد دنا منا يا مولاي، فأحسن مسك الدفة واجتنب الصدمة، وأنا أزوده عنا بمجدافي هذا وأضربه ضربة تقذف به إلى الشاطئ الآخر من النهر. الملك       :         إياك أن تفعل بل ائسره، فلابد لنا أن نؤدب هذا الشاب المغرور، فإني أرى الملاح فتى كريم الهيئة فهو لاشك من أبناء أعيان أشبيلية. (يصطدم الزورقان ويظهر مقلاص ارتباكًا وجبنًا، فيقبض الملك على الزورق المهاجم بيد قوية ويقول لمقلاص) الملك       :         اقذف الآن به إن استطعت إلى الشاطئ الآخر من النهر (ثم يلتفت إلى الشاب الملاح ويقول) مكانك أيها الغلام الوقاح، ما هذه الجرأة على التيار وعلى شبابك هذا الغض النضير! وما غرك بالملك حتى قربت عودك من عوده تريد أن تأخذ عليه الطريق. الملاح     :         مولاي إن الرعية يهفون، وإن الملوك يعفون، وزورقي إنما اندفع بقوة التيار القاهر فوافق مرور مركبك المحروس، فكان ما كان مما أعتذر للملك منه. الملك       :         (بصوت منخفض) ويح أُذني ماذا تسمع؟ هذا الصوت أعرفه؟ (ثم يلتفت إلى الملاح قائلاً): قد عرفت أيها الفتى من نحن، فعرفنا بنفسك. (يرفع الملاح قناعه) الملك       :         (صائحًا) بثينة! الأميرة     :         (الملاح) أجل أيها الملك ابنتك وأمتك بثينة. الملك       :         عجبًا! أأنتِ هنا بين العبب والتيار، وعلى هذا العود الذي يشفق أبوك من ركوبه، وأبوك من تعلمين أشجع العرب قلبًا؟ الأميرة     :         ولم لا تكون ابنة الملك شجاعة القلب مثله! إن الأسد لا يلد إلا اللباة. الملك       :         (يهدأ غضبه) ومن أين مجيئكِ الساعة يا بثينة؟  

100 Great Indian Poems

by Abhay K.

Bridging divisions of Hindu and Muslim, classic and contemporary, including poems in many of India's cornucopia of languages, Abhay K. gives us 100 Indian poems that from the 'stale chapati' of Dilip Chitre to the literate parrots of Basavanna, the 'clay shivalingam' of Eunice de Souza to the 'tiny sweat' of Mir Taqi Mir, give us tangible reminders of how we think, feel, and love. "Abhay K. Is a master anthologist who is superb at picking accessible poems that will reach the general reader." Nicholas Birns, New York University

100 More Great Indian Poems

by Abhay K.

100 More Great Indian Poems serves as a perfect companion volume to 100 Great Indian Poems. Together they open a new window to the world of Indian poetry and delight our senses invoking a distinct taste, smell, colour and mood of this ancient and unique civilization.

100 Poems To See You Through

by Daisy Goodwin

When times are tough - whether because of illness, bereavement or receiving bad news - it can be hard to find the right words. Help comes in the form of this beautifully packaged gift book, comprising 100 life-affirming poems handpicked by an expert on poetry. Grouping the poems by theme - from 'Hearing Bad News' to 'How To Carry On' - this gem of a book features contributions from classical poets such as John Keats, Emily Brontë, W.H. Auden and Christina Rossetti alongside lines from more contemporary poets such as Philip Larkin, Elizabeth Jennings, Raymond Carver, Carol Ann Duffy and Wendy Cope. It adds up to a wonderful pick-me-up - a self-administered drug guaranteed to make a dark day brighter and act as a great lyrical crutch.

1000 Poems from the Manyoshu: The Complete Nippon Gakujutsu Shinkokai Translation

by Japanese Classics Translation Committee

Dating from the 8th century and earlier, the Manyoshu is the oldest Japanese poetry anthology; it is also widely considered to be the best. The 1,000 poems (out of a total of more than 4,500) in this famous selection were chosen by a distinguished scholarly committee based on their poetic excellence, their role in revealing the Japanese national spirit and character, and their cultural and historical significance. The acclaimed translations artfully preserve the simplicity and direct quality of the originals, and encompass an enormous range of human emotions and experiences. Text is in English only.

1001 Really Ridiculously Silly Jokes

by Clive Gifford

Know any good jokes? Here are 1001 (yes, one thousand and one!) awesome ones for the whole family to enjoy!Why did the empty sandwich go to the dentist?IT NEEDED A FILLING.What do you call a 20,000-year-old joke?PRE-HYSTERICAL.With jokes galore, puns, one-liners, visual gags, play on words and hilarious illustrations. Divided into sections such as 'Hilarious Holidays', 'Teacher Titters' and 'Football Funnies', this book will never get old and will have your friends and whole family laughing. A hilarious bumper book that will captivate any child and spark an interest in reading - created by the bestselling author of Teenage Kicks and Eye Benders, and winner of the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize.

The 1002nd Night

by Debora Greger

While seeming to affirm the Western poetic and cultural tradition, Greger attacks its rational heart. The subjects of her poems--Mozart operas, Botticelli's Three Graces, narcissus flowers--are the vestments of aristocratic Europe, but her poetic issue is stream-of-consciousness.Originally published in 1990.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

1066 and before that - History Poems

by Brian Moses Roger Stevens

A fantastic collection of history poems that conjure up the sights, sounds and smells of the past - both the great events and battles, and ordinary day-to-day activities.Ties in with the history curriculum for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. There are poems about prehistoric times, mammoths, the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt, Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, Alfred the Great, Normans, King Harold, William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings.

The 14th Tale (Oberon Modern Plays Ser.)

by Inua Ellams

'The 14th Tale is a beautiful mellifluous narrative that tells the hilarious exploits of a natural born mischief, growing from the clay streets of Nigeria to rooftops in Dublin and finally to London.

The 20th Century in Poetry

by Michael Hulse Simon Rae

This ground-breaking anthology presents in chronological order over 400 poems written in the twentieth century. The authors, both published poets themselves, give an overview of each period of history, while notes to the poems place each one in its historical context and trace the century's poetic development. Concise biographies for each poet complete the anthology.By organizing the poems in chronological order, readers will see poets in a new light. Here A.E. Houseman, for example, rubs shoulders with T.S. Eliot, showing that traditional forms can hold their own against the modernist orthodoxy. Here are poets rescued from oblivion, such as the suffragette who wrote a compelling poem about her mistreatment in Holloway Prison in 1912 or the medical offer who went into Belsen with the British troops producing an eye-witness poem of lasting power. All the major events of the twentieth century are reflected in the choice of poems within these pages. This richly rewarding collection makes invaluable reading for poetry lovers all over the world.

26 Treasures: 4 National Museums, 104 Objects, 62 Words Each

by John Simmons

Imagine you're in a museum. You might spot a gargantuan four-poster bed that was a 16th century pub tourist attraction or a threadbare sackcloth robe worn in church by a 17th century adulteress. Yet despite their rarity, we often fail to engage with these extraordinary objects. We simply nod and move on. But it doesn't have to be that way. Through its 26 Treasures project, writers' collective 26 is exploring how to create emotional connections between objects and individuals. In 2010, London's Victoria & Albert museum chose 26 objects from its British Galleries and randomly assigned them to 26 writers. Each person wrote exactly 62 words – 26 in reflection – in response to the object. The results were beautiful, surprising, lyrical, sometimes comical. Andrew Motion wrote about a bust of Homer, a 17th century Chinese porcelain figure reminded a writer of a pub landlord in Inverness, while the wedding suit of James 11 inspired 62 words about 'a suit as full of scratches as a rose-garden'. In 2011 they took the idea to the National Library of Wales, the Ulster Museum and the National Museum of Scotland, where writers were let loose on objects as disparate as a mediaeval illuminated book, a beggar's badge and a 16th century Scottish guillotine. It seems that all writers and readers treasure connections with the past through objects – personal ones and those displayed in museums. There are more than a hundred writers involved in this collection, including many of the best-known literary authors in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The result is an exquisite illustrated book, where the 104 objects and their accompanying sestudes appear side-by-side.

50 Famous People: A Collection of Poetry - Vol. 1 (Wordcatcher Modern Poetry)

by Arthur Cole

I was at a loss with regard to my next poetry project. As a result I asked the members of my Facebook page ‘Arthur’s Poems and Anecdotes’ what they would like as the next book. There were many suggestions, and after deliberation I decided on the title ‘50 Famous People'. I carried out a poll amongst the members as to who they would like to be included. The individuals could be from any walk of life, and period in history. I was surprised by the eclectic mix of names put forward. After the poll closed, I was left with the task of selecting the 50 to be included in the book and they include politicians, sportsmen, writers, poets, war heroes, and infamous individuals. I took great pleasure in writing the poems, and in the process I learned much. I would like to thank and dedicate the book to all members of the group, for their support throughout the project.

52 Ways Of Looking At A Poem: A Poem For Every Week Of The Year (PDF)

by Ruth Padel

Ever wondered about how to really interpret poetry? Puzzled about metre, rhyming and stanzas? Presented in language thoroughly accessible for all, poet and writer Ruth Padel demystifies poetic style, structure and meaning in this comprehensive anthology of modern poems Based on the author's popular column in The Independent on Sunday, each poem is accompanied by an informative and entertaining explanatory excerpt by Padel. Featuring an assortment of contemporary poets from Carol Ann Duffy to Seamus Heaney, the collection thematically encompasses universal subjects of love, sex, family, death, as well as more obscure matters - for instance, loneliness when listening to the shipping forecast. A poem for each week of the year, Padel's exploration of the literary form expertly combines technical analysis with imaginative, creative interpretation - sure to make any reader fall in love with the modern verse.

80: Poems by Roger McGough

by Roger McGough

There are eighty of Roger McGough's favourite poems in this hugely enjoyable collection, gathered together into a new volume to celebrate Roger's 80th birthday! Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, but always inventive, the enormous variety of poems from this hugely popular poet will never cease to amaze and delight children of all ages.

A.E. Housman: Collected Poems (Penguin Poetry Library)

by A. E. Housman

A. E. Housman, being one of the most famous and widely read poets of the early twentieth century, is certainly worthy of praise. His 'Collected Poems' are therefore a valuable read because they allow readers to gain an impression of the author's mind, opinions and lifestyle. Furthermore, they simultaneously depict a man who was deeply pessimistic and obsessed with death, and, on the other hand, illustrate a man who was also very much concerned with love, youth, life and the fleetingness of the these concepts.It is easy to understand why Housman's sensitive and sympathetic depictions of heroic English soldiers influenced and affected his readers, as his poetry is often written in an uncomplicated, yet sensitive style, which allows readers to feel as if they are witnessing events almost as the poet writes them down. These poems are also intriguing to read if you are a Shakespeare fan, as it is possible to spot many Shakespeare references in Housman's writing. A glossary or footnotes at the back of this book would be appreciated in any further editions, in order to allow readers to gain more understanding of the other poets and authors that Housman was influenced by. In brief, this collection presents the literary highlights of Housman's career, and this will be most appreciated by readers new to Housman's poetry.

The Abandoned Settlements

by James Sheard

Shortlisted for the 2017 T. S. Eliot PrizePBS Autumn RecommendationThe poems in James Sheard’s remarkable third book are about love and leaving, of how the rift of departure brings on a kind of haunting – of the people involved and the places where they lived – an emotional trace of departed lives and loves. This is what these poems are: the scars of separation, the spoors of desire. Sheard writes powerfully about loss, about how the vestiges of significance, of sensual heat, are retained by structures – in ghost towns, war-zones, deserted villages or resorts – but also by the human body and memory: ‘for love exists, and then is ruined, and then persists.’These are poems about permanence and fragility, of being uncertain whether the house you live in is a shell, or if you have become a shell by living there – whether emptiness means loss and abandonment or a clean start and a new beginning. But these are also poems full of the ache of desire, the tart, lingering smell of sex: poems shaped by longing.James Sheard is one of Britain’s most assured and precise lyric poets, and his third collection brings all his considerable strengths to poems as accurate and strange as thermal images.

Abirami Andhadhi

by Abirami Pattar Kavingar Kannadasan

When Abirami Pattar's life was in danger,the Goddess Abirami manifested herself before pattar to save his life and threw her thadanga over the sky such that it shined with bright light upon the horizon.The hymns on the Goddess sung by the pattar is Abhirami Andhadhi.

An Absence of Meadows and Other Poems (Wordcatcher Modern Poetry)

by E. Mary Wilce

The poems in this volume reveal how much of our lives are rooted in feeling as well as in fact, in imagination as well as action. The poems dwell on things remembered or seen. The focus on the subject is clear and lucidly expressed, the poet teasing out its resonances while holding emotion on a tight rein. Their principal subject is childhood, lovingly described but somehow also threatened (as in The Fox on the Stairs and Lessons in the Wind, two striking poems).

According to the Small Hours (Cape Poetry Ser.)

by Aidan Mathews

In this, his first collection of poems in fifteen years, Aidan Mathews brings together the sacred and the profane, playful and profound, the iconic and the everyday - illuminating the variousness and commonality of human experience. These poems wear their erudition lightly: dazzling us with their fresh observations, the strangely intimate details ('mice among the breadcrumbs of the Last Supper') and a fluid, metaphysical wit that can link a saint's matyrdom to a Sunday roast. Mercurial, passionate and always surprising, According to the Small Hours is a triumphant return to the form.

Achieve 100 Grammar, Punctuation And Spelling Practice Questions (Achieve Key Stage 2 Sats Revision Series (PDF))

by Marie Lallaway

A 64-page workbook in which children can write. These practice questions cover everything Year 6 children need to master to achieve 100 in the Key Stage 2 National Tests. Use alongside the Achieve 100 Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling Revision book

Achieve 100+ Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling Practice Questions (PDF)

by Marie Lallaway

Exam Board: Non-Specific Level: KS2 Subject: Grammar First Teaching: September 2015 First Exam: Summer 2016 A 64-page workbook of test practice questions for the Key Stage 2 SATs, covering the more demanding areas of the Year 6 national tests.

Across the Land and the Water: Selected Poems 1964-2001 (Modern Library Paperbacks Ser.)

by W. G. Sebald Iain Galbraith

Across the Land and the Water is a stunningly beautiful selection of poetry by W. G. Sebald.Across the Land and the Water brings together poems from throughout W. G. Sebald's life as well as additional works found after his death. Arranged chronologically, from his student days in the 1960s to the longer narratives he worked on in the 1980s, these poems are suffused by the themes which dominated Sebald's books. Here you will find subtle vignettes on nature and history, death and memory, journeys and landscapes, each short piece filled with insight, sensitivity and brilliance.'An important book . . . full of things that are beautiful and fascinating' Andrew Motion, Guardian'When you read Sebald you are transported to another realm. Reading him is a truly sublime experience' Literary Review'Gracefully unsettling. The poems invest every landscape with an archaeologist's sense of the pain, toil and loss secreted in each layer of soil' Independent'One of the most important writers of our time' A. S. Byatt'Delightful' Economist'Show a humane and complex intelligence and deserve a place next to Sebald's prose output' New StatesmanW. G. Sebald was born in Wertach im Allgäu, Germany, in 1944 and died in December 2001. He studied German language and literature in Freiburg, Switzerland and Manchester. In 1996 he took up a position as an assistant lecturer at the University of Manchester and settled permanently in England in 1970. He was Professor of European Literature at the University of East Anglia and is the author of The Emigrants, The Rings of Saturn, Vertigo, Austerlitz, After Nature, On the Natural History of Destruction, Campo Santo, Unrecounted, A Place in the Country.

Acts of Poetry: American Poets' Theater and the Politics of Performance

by Heidi R Bean

American poets’ theater emerged in the postwar period alongside the rich, performance-oriented poetry and theater scenes that proliferated on the makeshift stages of urban coffee houses, shared apartments, and underground theaters, yet its significance has been largely overlooked by critics. Acts of Poetry shines a spotlight on poets’ theater’s key groups, practitioners, influencers, and inheritors, such as the Poets’ Theatre, the Living Theatre, Gertrude Stein, Bunny Lang, Frank O’Hara, Amiri Baraka, Carla Harryman, and Suzan-Lori Parks. Heidi R. Bean demonstrates the importance of poets’ theater in the development of twentieth-century theater and performance poetry, and especially evolving notions of the audience’s role in performance, and in narratives of the relationship between performance and everyday life. Drawing on an extensive archive of scripts, production materials, personal correspondence, theater records, interviews, manifestoes, editorials, and reviews, the book captures critical assessments and behind-the-scenes discussions that enrich our understanding of the intertwined histories of American theater and American poetry in the twentieth century.

Adrian Mole: The Collected Poems

by Sue Townsend

'It's really, really, really funny' David Walliams Mole Press - a brand new imprint of Penguin Books - is proud to announce the first publication of The Collected Poems of Adrian Mole to mark the author's 50TH birthday.--------------------------- 'Edgy politics, tortured eroticism, misunderstood intellect, changing Britain - a whiff of the sublime. Mole's contribution is significant' Daily Telegraph Featuring poems scattered over nearly thirty years of writing and salvaged from the diaries 'authored' by one Sue Townsend, this slim volume features more than thirty pieces of Adrian's unique art. From his timeless first documented poem - The Tap - via classic odes to his muse, first and only true love Pandora (I adore ya), we follow Adrian's life in verse form. We not only witness his burgeoning political anger in works like Mrs Thatcher (Do you weep, Mrs Thatcher, do you weep?) but also see in later poems his merciless examination of the hollow shell of masculinity as well as documenting his declining libido in tragic pieces like To My Organ. For the first time in a single volume, these are the collected poems of misunderstood intellectual and tortured poet Adrian Mole. 'I ruthlessly exploited Adrian. But he can't afford to sue me' Sue Townsend 'Wonderfully funny and sharp as knives' Sunday Times 'One of the great comic creations' Daily Mirror 'The funniest person in the world' Caitlin Moran

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