Review: Ode to London: Poems to Celebrate the City

“Earth hath not anything to show more fair,” enthused William Wordsworth of London, while to Lord Byron it was “the Devil’s drawing-room.” Ode to London collects a selection of paeans to England’s august capital from a veritable “Poet’s Corner,” including beloved authors like William Blake, Rudyard Kipling, Mary Robinson, and more, accompanied by beautiful illustrations of the city. From Big Ben and the Blitz spirit to red double-decker buses, here is London immortalized in verse by those who have known and loved her best. (from Goodreads)
Personal Take: I received this as a gift some years ago, and I thought it was time to pick it up. I absolutely loved the selections, which varied from really old, to the modern, and all capturing difference facets of this beautiful city. The illustrations included with each poem was also beautiful to look at. As someone who’s visited the city and walking through its street, I couldn’t help feeling that this was exactly how London felt.
This book is cumulation of beautiful work, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to marvel at the city of London through words.
Audience: Anyone who enjoys poetry and art.
Other recommendations: If you’re looking for poetry to read, I would recommend R.M Drake’s Black Butterfly and A Brilliant Madness, as well as Tyler Knott’s Chasers of the Light.