Review: Alice in Poetry by Michaela Morgan (editor)

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Lewis Carroll’s Alice has been enchanting children for 150 years. Curious Alice, the bossy White Rabbit, the formidable Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter are among the best-loved, most iconic literary creations of all time.

In Wonderland: Alice in Poetry, we celebrate the poems of Lewis Carroll, from the sublime to the surreal, including popular favourites such as Jabberwocky , The Walrus and the Carpenter and Tweedledum and Tweedledee. In addition to these classic, beloved poems, this beautiful collection features many contemporary poems from editor Michaela Morgan and a host of popular poets, including Roger McGough, John Agard, Grace Nichols, Rachel Rooney, Tony Mitton, Vivian French, Cheryl Moskowitz, Joseph Coehlo, and Jan Dean, each one putting their own spin on these classic texts.

When I saw this book, I immediately bought it because I am a big fan of Alice in wonderland and so I thought I would give this book a chance, I’ve have never seen Alice in wonderland in poems before.

I love the story of Alice in wonderland and the poems in this book were very good and fun to read, all the authors did an amazing job with the poems in this book. It was really interesting to see Alice in Wonderland  told as poetry. 

How wonderful to revisit the world of Lewis Carroll through such a collection of nonsensical eyes. Each poet brings their own perspective to bear and each poem is a triumph.

An excellent book, especially if you are a fan of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The Alice in Wonderland books made a huge impact on me as a child. I loved them, and Lewis Carroll’s fantastic and quirky poems. It wasn’t until I was much older that I realised that Carroll’s verses were often parodies of poems of the day.

Michaela Morgan has taken Carroll’s poems and found a whole host of contemporary poets to add their versions, alongside the originals. From Joseph Coelho’s You’ve Got So Big and Horrible to Roger McGough’s Six Impossible Things to Do Before Breakfast. It’s a pity that the book hasn’t been given a more classy look, making it a book to keep and treasure, rather than a cheap-looking paperback. 

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves Alice in Wonderland. 

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That’s it for this review! Have you read this book? If so, What did you think of it? Is it on your TBR? Tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of this. I’d love to know your opinion.

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