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The Poetry Bug: An anthology of writing by professional poets, entomologists, intellectuals, musicians and more…

by Tennent, J. (Ed.)

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  • Catalogue No : 28655
  • ISBN : 9781910901007
  • Published : 2015
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 250

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Throughout history poets have been drawn to write about insects, and entomologists have been drawn to try their hand at poetry. The concentrated industry of the ant and the delicate beauty of the butterfly, the rituals of the death watch beetle and the ethereal vision of glow worms at dusk, have all been captured in verse.

John Tennent is an authority on butterflies and a dedicated reader of poetry. He has travelled to the world’s wildest and most uninhabited places, collecting, in the depths of a tropical forest or on the shore of an unpeopled island, myriad experiences and life forms as rare as they are peculiar, and some of them decidedly dangerous. In the pages of this anthology he brings together classic poets such as Virgil and Byron and modern writers such as Pam Ayres, Spike Milligan and Peter Redgrove, alongside a wealth of other poets and amateur poets from different continents, to explore the mysterious world of the insect through poetry. As fascinating as the poems themselves are John Tennent’s personal anecdotes of confrontations with legions of hungry cockroaches, his encounters with remote tribespeople, and the excitement of discovering a previously unknown species of insect.

Humorous, evocative and informative, The Poetry Bug is a celebration of every type of insect, from caterpillars to bedbugs.

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