My favourite books 30: Common GroundPosted: June 26, 2011
Common Ground, edited by Marghanita Laski
We have no shortage of poerty anthologies in this house, but Common Ground is the shared favourite. Laski was a novelist and critic who sought to compile “Everyman’s commonplace book” – it contains all the verses you think you know, organised not by author or date, but by theme: “Loves”, “Beliefs and Doubts”, “Home”, “Time Passing” etc. It finds room for everything from The Song of Mr Toad to the Book of Common Prayer, and from John Donne to Dorothy Parker. It’s a thoroughly worthwhile, quality collection.