I tried to be concise.
Carol Ann Duffy’s ‘Hour’ – in the words of my student Jack, ‘god, there’s loads you could say about this one, ent there?’ And this is an example of one of Duffy’s great plays on perspectives – ‘Mrs Midas’ – from The Worlds Wife.
Simon Armitage’s ‘Ten Pence Story’ – which inspired my boyfriend to make me a ring out of a Victorian shilling and ‘Mother, Any Distance’ which is a good one to write in Mother’s Day cards.
Philip Larkin refuses to let us forget that life is shit and disappointing sometimes in ‘Talking in Bed’ but at least we don’t need to be dicks about it in ‘Love, We Must Part Now’.
The first poem I learned off by heart – ‘Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening’ by Robert Frost …and the second – ‘Fire and Ice’ (also by Robert Frost) ….and the third – ‘The Orange‘ by Wendy Cope.
And my favourite poem of all time – ‘Superbly Situated’ by Robert Hershon.