Near impossible to choose again, but my favourite collection of poetry is probably Carol Ann Duffy’s The World’s Wife. I like the slant she’s taken on traditionally male focused stories and imagined the stories of the women behind the men. Look out for Mrs Darwin, the shortest and quite probably the funniest.
My favourite poem in the collection is Anne Hathaway, which I taught my students at GCSE.What I especially like is that Duffy has taken the fact that Shakespeare left his second best bed to his wife, a statement which many historians have interpreted as meaning that Shakespeare didn’t love his wife, into a romantic gesture so that the bed becomes a symbol of their marriage and the passionate love affair which may have inspired his work.
I think that this is a collection of poems that even those who are quite wary of poetry can enjoy.