My self-imposed Monday deadline recedes ever further.
Voices, an anthology of poetry and pictures, the first book edited by Geoffrey Summerfield, 1968.
Geoffrey Summerfield edited three of these collections aimed at secondary school pupils; in 1970 he followed these with four volumes called Junior Voices, aimed at the 7-11 age group and printed in a slightly smaller format.
They are forerunners of Seamus Heaney and Ted Hughes's The Rattle Bag (Faber, 1982) and its successor The School Bag (Faber, 1997). Like those, they swerve around the Eng. Lit. canon, offering what's now a fairly standard mix of the not-quite-respectable, the not-quite-poetic: anonymous ballads, riddles, epitaphs, playground rhymes; Christopher Smart, John Clare, Charles Cotton and William Barnes; user-friendly moderns like Auden and Roethke, Randall Jarrell and Edwin Morgan, May Swenson and Alastair Reid; plus bits of Blake, Tennyson, Hardy, etc. (It's mildly interesting that most of the poems Britten uses in the Serenade for tenor, horn and strings are in there.) The bias is very Anglo-American, though Summerfield does include a few translations from Chinese and Japanese, odd snatches of Miroslav Holub and Christian Morgenstern; it's also, you'll notice, overwhelmingly male in a way that wouldn't happen now (though to be fair, Emily Dickinson and Sylvia Plath are represented). The poems are interspersed with paintings and drawings — Hokusai, Saul Steinberg, Turner, Van Gogh, Archimboldo, Bosch, Daumier, photojournalism.
The covers are gorgeos: photographs by Alan Spain, who also did a number of covers for the Penguin Modern Poets.
Here are the others:
The junior version:
A job lot from the Poetry Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye, £40 — not a bad price. For another tenner I could have got the teacher's handbook too, but that seemed too madly completist even for me.