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She is Fierce: Brave, Bold and Beautiful Poems by Women is a powerful collection of 150 poems written by women – from classic, much loved poets to bold modern voices. Collected by poet Ana Sampson, this collection celebrates the centenary of women's suffrage at a time when we are still having important conversations about women's right to be treated as equals. It speaks of She is Fierce: Brave, Bold and Beautiful Poems by Women is a powerful collection of 150 poems written by women – from classic, much loved poets to bold modern voices. Collected by poet Ana Sampson, this collection celebrates the centenary of women's suffrage at a time when we are still having important conversations about women's right to be treated as equals. It speaks of universal experiences and emotions. The anthology is divided into the following sections: Roots and Growing Up Friendship Love Nature Freedom, Mindfulness and Joy Fashion, society and body image Protest, courage and resistance Endings She is Fierce contains an inclusive array of voices, from modern and contemporary poets such as Maya Angelou and Grace Nichols to poets from previous centuries including Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, Ella Wheeler Wilcox and Charlotte Bronte. Immerse yourself in poems from Wendy Cope, Carol Ann Duffy, Fleur Adcock, Liz Berry, Jackie Kay, Hollie McNish, Imtiaz Dharker, Helen Dunmore, Mary Oliver and Dorothy Parker, to name but a few!Featuring short biographies of each poet, She is Fierce is a stunning collection and an essential addition to any bookshelf.


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She is Fierce: Brave, Bold and Beautiful Poems by Women is a powerful collection of 150 poems written by women – from classic, much loved poets to bold modern voices. Collected by poet Ana Sampson, this collection celebrates the centenary of women's suffrage at a time when we are still having important conversations about women's right to be treated as equals. It speaks of She is Fierce: Brave, Bold and Beautiful Poems by Women is a powerful collection of 150 poems written by women – from classic, much loved poets to bold modern voices. Collected by poet Ana Sampson, this collection celebrates the centenary of women's suffrage at a time when we are still having important conversations about women's right to be treated as equals. It speaks of universal experiences and emotions. The anthology is divided into the following sections: Roots and Growing Up Friendship Love Nature Freedom, Mindfulness and Joy Fashion, society and body image Protest, courage and resistance Endings She is Fierce contains an inclusive array of voices, from modern and contemporary poets such as Maya Angelou and Grace Nichols to poets from previous centuries including Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, Ella Wheeler Wilcox and Charlotte Bronte. Immerse yourself in poems from Wendy Cope, Carol Ann Duffy, Fleur Adcock, Liz Berry, Jackie Kay, Hollie McNish, Imtiaz Dharker, Helen Dunmore, Mary Oliver and Dorothy Parker, to name but a few!Featuring short biographies of each poet, She is Fierce is a stunning collection and an essential addition to any bookshelf.

30 review for She is Fierce: Brave, Bold and Beautiful Poems by Women

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    She is Fierce: Brave, Bold and Beautiful Poems by Women is a collection of 150 poems written by women on a wide range of subjects. It includes everything from old favourites you may have already come across to new and modern voices, poems written by women of all different ages, races and from across different social and economic backgrounds. It can be really hard to review poetry because it is so subjective but what's great about an anthology like this is that even if one poem isn't to your taste She is Fierce: Brave, Bold and Beautiful Poems by Women is a collection of 150 poems written by women on a wide range of subjects. It includes everything from old favourites you may have already come across to new and modern voices, poems written by women of all different ages, races and from across different social and economic backgrounds. It can be really hard to review poetry because it is so subjective but what's great about an anthology like this is that even if one poem isn't to your taste you can almost guarantee to find gems that you'll love and discover writers you'd like to see more of. I really liked the way Ana Sampson has also included a little mini biography for each poet at the back of the book so you can find out a little more about each woman's background and other works they may have published. This has been a great book to dip in and out of and you can choose to read by theme or just open a page at random to see what you'l discover. I've really enjoyed reading this slowly, just reading a handful of poems a day to really savour it and I'm sure I'll end up coming back to it again in the future.

  2. 5 out of 5

    No Books

    ‘If the first woman God ever made / was strong enough to turn the world / upside down, all alone / together women ought to be able to turn it / right side up again’ - Sojourner Truth • Just finished this collection of poems curated by Ana Sampson. It was so nice to explore the work of both wonderfully familiar female poets and to also discover new writers. It was really well arranged, and I loved the addition of the introductions to the different thematic sections. My favourite section was Courage ‘If the first woman God ever made / was strong enough to turn the world / upside down, all alone / together women ought to be able to turn it / right side up again’ - Sojourner Truth • Just finished this collection of poems curated by Ana Sampson. It was so nice to explore the work of both wonderfully familiar female poets and to also discover new writers. It was really well arranged, and I loved the addition of the introductions to the different thematic sections. My favourite section was Courage, Protest and Resistance. There is such powerful work contained this part of the collection. • I would definitely recommend giving this collection a go - the book itself is beautiful and Ana has included paragraph overviews of all poets included which is a great touch.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Orláith

    First posted on www.instagram.com/p/BoSBgeMFPbN A few weeks ago I was very kindly sent a copy of @anabooks new poetry anthology, She is Fierce, by the lovely Amber from @panmacmillan. Since then I've been reading a poem each night before bed and I am simply loving my new routine. Ana has curated such a wonderful selection of poems that I am having to force myself to set the book down, to continue to read just one poem per night. Obviously, I could read more but I want to savour this book for as lon First posted on www.instagram.com/p/BoSBgeMFPbN A few weeks ago I was very kindly sent a copy of @anabooks new poetry anthology, She is Fierce, by the lovely Amber from @panmacmillan. Since then I've been reading a poem each night before bed and I am simply loving my new routine. Ana has curated such a wonderful selection of poems that I am having to force myself to set the book down, to continue to read just one poem per night. Obviously, I could read more but I want to savour this book for as long as possible! Thank you @panmacmillan for this wonderful free book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Helen Gracie

    Utterly sensational. This anthology is separated into core themes and includes works from the greats (Sylvia Plath, Maya Angelou, Christina Rossetti) as well as introducing some lesser known poets. This book is now my go to for all comfort and inspiration needed to make it as a woman in this world.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Williesun

    This was an interesting collection of poems by female authors throughout time. Ana Sampson arranged them by a couple of different themes, such as love, nature, death etc. I would probably not have picked this one out for myself because poetry is difficult and so far I have liked collections from one specific author better than an amalgamation like this but I was given this as a present and I liked it. Got to experience some poets I would otherwise not have encountered probably and also some fave This was an interesting collection of poems by female authors throughout time. Ana Sampson arranged them by a couple of different themes, such as love, nature, death etc. I would probably not have picked this one out for myself because poetry is difficult and so far I have liked collections from one specific author better than an amalgamation like this but I was given this as a present and I liked it. Got to experience some poets I would otherwise not have encountered probably and also some faves.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    This was such a wonderful collection of poetry by amazing women! <3

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ellie Scott-Allen

    Loved the themes used for the chapters and the selection of poems. I think it would have been nice to have some historical context listed for the poems in some cases.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Georgie K Todman

    With kickass women from Atwood to Bronte to Browning, through the time and space of Sappho to Duffy and Yrsa Daley Ward - this collection is a lot and perhaps that is the only reason I haven't rated five stars. With 150 poems under cleverly worded subtitles that basically mean things like nature, friendship, love and endings, my only criticism of Sampson is she works too hard. I mean she does intros and adds details of poets and I bloody love her efforts. But I also love poems, not too many to o With kickass women from Atwood to Bronte to Browning, through the time and space of Sappho to Duffy and Yrsa Daley Ward - this collection is a lot and perhaps that is the only reason I haven't rated five stars. With 150 poems under cleverly worded subtitles that basically mean things like nature, friendship, love and endings, my only criticism of Sampson is she works too hard. I mean she does intros and adds details of poets and I bloody love her efforts. But I also love poems, not too many to overwhelm me (cause they are a lot to decipher) and well, sometimes poems just speak for themselves. So maybe a slightly reduced length and a few more late 20th and 21st Century choices and we would be tickety boo. So read this with time on your hands and get around some of my favs in Siren Song, Phosphorescence , Heat, Today, Introductions and Freedom. I mean I'm a little shitty with myself cause a lot of them are in the love section and I promise I feel fierce Sampson - I'm fierce.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jen-Jen

    A really lovely collection. I've found New favourites such as: The Pale Horse by Lesley Ingram, Witch by Jean Tepperman, How to Cut a Pomegranate by Imtiaz Dharker and Phosphorescene by Victoria Gatehouse. A really lovely collection. I've found New favourites such as: The Pale Horse by Lesley Ingram, Witch by Jean Tepperman, How to Cut a Pomegranate by Imtiaz Dharker and Phosphorescene by Victoria Gatehouse.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    This poetry anthology collected by Ana Sampson encompasses many different amazing female poets from ancient to modern times. The topics that are covered also vary widely including body image, mental health and friendship. I enjoyed many of the poems in this collection which surprised me as I do not usually like poetry as I struggle to understand it. Some of the poems I particularly enjoyed were poem in which my legs are accepted by Kathleen Fraser which was a memorable poem about loving your own This poetry anthology collected by Ana Sampson encompasses many different amazing female poets from ancient to modern times. The topics that are covered also vary widely including body image, mental health and friendship. I enjoyed many of the poems in this collection which surprised me as I do not usually like poetry as I struggle to understand it. Some of the poems I particularly enjoyed were poem in which my legs are accepted by Kathleen Fraser which was a memorable poem about loving your own body. Another I really enjoyed was Ain't I a woman written by Sojourner Truth a freed slave which was really impactful as well as the battle of sexes by Liz Brownlee . There were also many more I could mention I really enjoyed as well which made me glad I gave poetry another go. Another part of this anthology I enjoyed were the blurbs at the back that described who each of the poets were and abit about their lives. They were so interesting and made me even more excited to find other poems written by poets I found that I liked. As with all anthologies you are going to find you do not like all the poems. there were some poems I struggled to understand what they were trying to impart and some that I felt I did not enjoy as much. I would recommend this book to others who want to hear some strong female voices in poetry as you may find some new favorites as I have.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Bentley

    As I have gotten older I have come to appreciate poetry more than I did as a child. However, my love isn’t for the written word it is for the chosen nuances. I like studying the poem, looking at the writer and discovering why it was written. What is great about the She is Fierce collection is that some of the work is already done for you. You have the poem, you have it categorised into what type of poem it is and then you have a breakdown of the writer. Brilliant. She is Fierce is a wonderful col As I have gotten older I have come to appreciate poetry more than I did as a child. However, my love isn’t for the written word it is for the chosen nuances. I like studying the poem, looking at the writer and discovering why it was written. What is great about the She is Fierce collection is that some of the work is already done for you. You have the poem, you have it categorised into what type of poem it is and then you have a breakdown of the writer. Brilliant. She is Fierce is a wonderful collection that is compromised of fantastic female voices. Some poems are familiar but the majority are ones that I certainly hadn’t come across before. It was wonderful to find some new and interesting voices. This is a perfect collection for the feminist poetry lover in your life. She is Fierce – Brave, Bold and Beautiful Poems by Women by Ana Sampson is available now.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ajay Sawant

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. “I ‘m a women phenomenally phenomenal women that’s me. . —Maya Angelou” Publisher: Pan Macmillan (@panmacmillan) . She is fierce is a book to empower you. Every time you fall, every time you break — this book is for you to encourage, to heal you. The poems included are poignant, hard hitting and courageously written. A women’s book, what’s it— this is it. Made with about more than 70 women poets this anthology perfectly describes “Bravery, boldness and beauty in every woman” To every women when you are “I ‘m a women phenomenally phenomenal women that’s me. . —Maya Angelou” Publisher: Pan Macmillan (@panmacmillan) . She is fierce is a book to empower you. Every time you fall, every time you break — this book is for you to encourage, to heal you. The poems included are poignant, hard hitting and courageously written. A women’s book, what’s it— this is it. Made with about more than 70 women poets this anthology perfectly describes “Bravery, boldness and beauty in every woman” To every women when you are fallen when you are breaking never forget you are soft and you are still fierce Explore this book and dive into hope. This is a revolution and we all are a part to become you. Book Cover : 4/5 Rating : 4.7/5 Status : Recommended

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anu

    One of my favourite people gifted me this beautiful anthology of poems. Loved the little section on each poet at the back of the book. Helps appreciate the poems with an added layer of depth and context. I hang my favourite poem by my bedside. Saltwater by Finn Butler. “Everyone who terrifies you is 65% water. And everyone you love is made of stardust, and I know sometimes you cannot breathe deeply, and the night sky is no home, and that you are down to your last two percent, but nothing is infinite, not One of my favourite people gifted me this beautiful anthology of poems. Loved the little section on each poet at the back of the book. Helps appreciate the poems with an added layer of depth and context. I hang my favourite poem by my bedside. Saltwater by Finn Butler. “Everyone who terrifies you is 65% water. And everyone you love is made of stardust, and I know sometimes you cannot breathe deeply, and the night sky is no home, and that you are down to your last two percent, but nothing is infinite, not even loss. You are made of the sea and the stars, and one day, you are going to find yourself again.”

  14. 4 out of 5

    Charline

    I received this book in a Books That Matter subscription box last year, and like an idiot I've just got round to it now. The follow up She Will Soar actually came out last month, so expect a review from me in about 2022! This anthology curated by Ana Sampson is filled with 150 poems by women. Do you ever feel like poetry just isn't for you? Do you ever feel intimidated or like you just don't get it? Well this book changed my mind. The dozens of page markers proof of many poems enjoyed and to be I received this book in a Books That Matter subscription box last year, and like an idiot I've just got round to it now. The follow up She Will Soar actually came out last month, so expect a review from me in about 2022! This anthology curated by Ana Sampson is filled with 150 poems by women. Do you ever feel like poetry just isn't for you? Do you ever feel intimidated or like you just don't get it? Well this book changed my mind. The dozens of page markers proof of many poems enjoyed and to be remembered. This is such an accessible book and I would recommend it to any one who feels the same as me about poetry, or thought they did! It is broken down into different subject areas such as love, friendship, growing up and my favourite courage, protest and resistance. This was also a bittersweet book for me as I came to realise I was never tought about any of these fierce and fantastic and often revolutionary women. But thanks to this anthology they will never be forgotten. Here's a powerful snippet from Soujourner Truth's Ain't I A Women: "If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down, all alone together women ought to be able to turn it rightside up again"

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    A beautiful and empowering anthology of poems, written by incredibly talented women. I am particularly thrilled to see a poem by Nikita Gill in this collection. Growing up I thought I didn't like poetry, that I didn't understand it, that it wasn't for me, but I now know that it's about finding poems that strike a chord in me, words that I can relate to and that's what She Is Fierce is to me. The narration of this book is gorgeous and I know it's one I'll listen to on Audible time and time again. A beautiful and empowering anthology of poems, written by incredibly talented women. I am particularly thrilled to see a poem by Nikita Gill in this collection. Growing up I thought I didn't like poetry, that I didn't understand it, that it wasn't for me, but I now know that it's about finding poems that strike a chord in me, words that I can relate to and that's what She Is Fierce is to me. The narration of this book is gorgeous and I know it's one I'll listen to on Audible time and time again.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ocean

    This book has confirmed that I'm just not that into poetry. I mean, there were some poems I really enjoyed, but I seem to only like poems that I can relate to. I didn't manage to connect with enough of these poems. That's not to say that the poems aren't good, they're just not my cup of tea. I absolutely love Andrea Gibson, so I know there is poetry out there for me, I'm just struggling to find it. I'm sure other people will love this book, don't let my review put you off, it's still worth readi This book has confirmed that I'm just not that into poetry. I mean, there were some poems I really enjoyed, but I seem to only like poems that I can relate to. I didn't manage to connect with enough of these poems. That's not to say that the poems aren't good, they're just not my cup of tea. I absolutely love Andrea Gibson, so I know there is poetry out there for me, I'm just struggling to find it. I'm sure other people will love this book, don't let my review put you off, it's still worth reading and I truly believe there's something for everyone in here.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Auro Books

    2.5/5⭐ I feel bad for such a low rating and I feel like it's my fault for not understanding poetry, in general. I don't think I can appreciate the poems as much as they are supposed to and that kind of annoys me. I loved a few of them. I liked some of them. But I didn't understand most of them. I read them and as I finished them I felt like I hadn't got the essence of them, didn't get the meaning and the message they wanted to transmit. Mu favourite, though, is "Homage to My Hips" by Lucille Clifton. 2.5/5⭐ I feel bad for such a low rating and I feel like it's my fault for not understanding poetry, in general. I don't think I can appreciate the poems as much as they are supposed to and that kind of annoys me. I loved a few of them. I liked some of them. But I didn't understand most of them. I read them and as I finished them I felt like I hadn't got the essence of them, didn't get the meaning and the message they wanted to transmit. Mu favourite, though, is "Homage to My Hips" by Lucille Clifton.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Charlie

    Absolutely loved this anthology, some beautiful poems from a huge variety of poets that cover so many amazing topics, including: childhood and growing up, activism, relationships, death. Some wonderful similies and metaphors of life that made me feel inspired and emotional. Would fully recommend to anyone that wants to get into poetry and wants to find some poetry written by amazing women, for amazing women. 5/5 and even more stars!

  19. 5 out of 5

    rebecca

    3.5 stars As with anthologies, be it poetry or short stories, different taste is going to make it a mixed bag, but I really enjoyed the majority of these poems, & I loved how it was organised by theme. There were a lot of poets I'd never heard of whose work I'd like to look for now. 3.5 stars As with anthologies, be it poetry or short stories, different taste is going to make it a mixed bag, but I really enjoyed the majority of these poems, & I loved how it was organised by theme. There were a lot of poets I'd never heard of whose work I'd like to look for now.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Grace

    This book was a good read but I thought there could’ve been other poets included, too. I particularly enjoyed Dorothy Parker’s features and it was a nice change from the standard novel that I usually read day-to-day!

  21. 4 out of 5

    J.J. Eden

    A stunning and powerful collection, She Is Fierce has something for every moment, every walk and phase of life. From the beautiful to the absurd, it offers a perfect taste of the powerful words of women. Thoroughly enjoyable and one I’ll be returning to again and again.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Tabrizia

    Such an empowering and inspiring collection of poetry! I read some old favorites and discovered some new ones. I needed to read this. The words from this diverse collection of poets really uplifted me!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This was a nice anthology of poetry that starts off gently and builds momentum the further it goes. Some of the themes included range from friendship to love to body image and to protest. My personal favourite section was "Courage, Protest and Resistance". This was a nice anthology of poetry that starts off gently and builds momentum the further it goes. Some of the themes included range from friendship to love to body image and to protest. My personal favourite section was "Courage, Protest and Resistance".

  24. 4 out of 5

    Georgia

    Bought as a present for me, his poetry book was pleasant and relatable. Not every poem is the most ground-breaking thing in the world, but every poem is written by a powerful woman and has something, no matter what that may be, to say. Thoroughly enjoyed.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    It was beautiful and a joy to read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    C.M. Chafin

    This was a very nice collection. It definitely made sure to have at least one poem for everyone present which is admittedly hard to do.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty Mcdougall

    A great empowering collection! I have loved reading a few poems a day from this book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lily

    Such an interesting read. Great diversity in poetry

  29. 4 out of 5

    Claudia Kay

    Not my favourite collection of poems. Some great ones hidden in there though.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mair

    Poetry at her best!😉

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