Beauty Poetry:

Beauty Poetry: "She Walks in Beauty"

by Sheila Griffin Llanas
     
 

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What is beauty? Can it only be viewed in physical form, or can it be something deeper—an idea or feeling? Perhaps there is no better way to explore these questions of beauty than through poetry. Author Sheila Griffin Llanas discusses eight poems and poets, with chapters on William Shakespeare, Phillis Wheatley, Edgar Allan Poe, and five others. Accompanied by… See more details below

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What is beauty? Can it only be viewed in physical form, or can it be something deeper—an idea or feeling? Perhaps there is no better way to explore these questions of beauty than through poetry. Author Sheila Griffin Llanas discusses eight poems and poets, with chapters on William Shakespeare, Phillis Wheatley, Edgar Allan Poe, and five others. Accompanied by biographical information on the poet and end-of-chapter questions for further study, Llanas closely examines each poem, including detailed analysis of form, content, poetic technique, and theme, encouraging readers to develop the tools to understand and appreciate poetry.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA, August 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 3) - Lisa A. Hazlett
These three compact poetry anthologies focuses on one theme (beauty, death, and love, respectively), and discusses eight representative works per topic. A fourth title features nature-themed poems. Poetry selections are largely familiar, like “She Walks in Beauty” and “Annabel Lee” from Beauty; Love’s “How Do I Love Thee?” and “Sonnet 130”; or Death’s “The Charge of the Light Brigade” and “Death, Be Not Proud.” The anthologies’ features, chapter formats, and writing style are identical, beginning with a genre introduction, followed by a chapter concentrating upon one poem, and including the poet’s drawing or photo and biography. The poem’s form, meaning, and poetic devices are thoroughly discussed line by line, using expositive, yet enjoyable, language and examples that allow for students’ comprehensive understanding of the work. Chapters end with five study questions, and the anthologies’ final pages have five additional study questions and sample answers for each chapter; chapter notes; a glossary; further reading; Internet sources; and an index. While richly informative, the books’ appearances are not particularly attractive. All text is black and white, and while varying font sizes and styles add interest and detail, some graphics might be helpful. Author photos/illustrations vary in quality, and one per chapter may disappoint some. Classroom texts probably already contain these poems, albeit with less information, and only eight works per anthology is a purchasing consideration. As a cross between informational nonfiction and an expository textbook, students will likely use these for reference unless having a particular interest in a poet or theme. (Pure Poetry) Reviewer: Lisa A. Hazlett; Ages 11 to 15.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781464512346
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2014
Series:
Pure Poetry Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
Lexile:
920L (what's this?)
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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