Classic Poetry

Classic Poetry

An Illustrated Collection

Book - 1998
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An ideal gift book for children and adults, this beautiful keepsake volume is the essential collection of classic poetry.

Poetry provides the best introduction to the marvels of the English language. This volume, collected by award-winning author Michael Rosen, presents a glorious selection of classic poetry, chronologically arranged from the seventeenth century to modern day--poems by such celebrated poets as William Shakespeare, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Emily Dickinson, Carl Sandburg, and Langston Hughes-- complete with biographical sketches of the poets, information on individual poems, and notes on poetic forms. Paul Howard's full-color illustrations illuminate some of the most brilliant poems of the English-speaking world with stunning breadth and beauty. A book to be treasured, Classic Poetry belongs on every shelf--every child should know these poems and keep this book with them as they grow.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Candlewick, c1998
ISBN: 9781564028907
Branch Call Number: 821.008 CLA
Characteristics: 160 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Rosen, Michael 1946-
Howard, Paul 1967-


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quagga Nov 02, 2009

This is an ambitious collection of poetry from over 30 poets (mostly male) who wrote in English between the 17th century and the mid-twentieth century. They range from Shakespeare to Yeats to African-American Langston Hughes to Australian Judith Wright. It is an introduction aimed at children in elementary school with lovely illustrations by Paul Howard. I thought some of the poems, like Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Kubla Khan and Lord Byron's The Destruction of Sennacherib were rather difficult for a young age group, but adults reading to children can answer questions that arise. Sharing will bring pleasure for all ages. A knowledge of classic poetry will also help children to get full enjoyment from other English literature, right up into adulthood, since so many writers are inspired by these works.

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