Seasonal verse

21st November 2003 at 00:00
Christmas Poems manages to pack an impressive variety of styles and themes within its chunky pocket-sized format. Among the 80-odd pieces collected are the words of some of the essential traditional carols. There are also some favourite anthology items, such as TS Eliot's "Journey of the Magi" and verses by Christina Rossetti, John Betjeman, Ted Hughes and Charles Causley, who died this month . But living poets are here too. UA Fanthorpe, Wendy Cope and Jackie Kay all find a place. Between them, the writers celebrate everything from snow and stockings to the nativity story and its associated piety and wonder. Christmas Poems is pound;5.99 from Macmillan Children's Books.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today