24 Freeing Poetry Books

Let freedom ring in every line

You'll find many things examined, picked over, challenged and celebrated within the lyrical lines of a great poem, and these works are no exception. They range far and wide in terms of tone, authorship and the circumstances of their writing, but one thing ties them together: they all, in some way, address the idea of freedom. Freedom to love, to express oneself, to live happily, break barriers, challenge constraints: it's all here, and more. Pick one of these spectacular books up, and let yourself go...

5. The World's Wife

Carol Ann Duffy
Settle cover

6. Settle

Theresa Muñoz
Poet Slave of Cuba cover

8. The Poet Slave of Cuba

Margarita Engle, Sean Qualls (Illus)
Howl cover

14. Howl

Allen Ginsberg
Light Blue Book cover

15. An Leabhar Liath/The Light Blue Book

Peter MacKay & Iain MacPherson
The Bruce cover

16. The Brus

John Barbour
Search Party cover

21. Search Party

George the Poet
Too Black, Too Strong cover

22. Too Black, Too Strong

Benjamin Zephaniah
Time You Let Me In cover

23. Time You Let Me In

Naomi Shihab Nye
Hold Your Own cover

24. Hold Your Own

Kate Tempest

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Brianne Moore

Brianne is a website editor with Scottish Book Trust

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