Classic Poetry: An Illustrated Collection
  • Classic Poetry: An Illustrated Collection
  • Classic Poetry: An Illustrated Collection

Classic Poetry: An Illustrated Collection

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by Michael Rosen, Paul Howard
     
 

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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
Michael Rosen gathers some of the most well-known and beloved poems in the English language together in this lovely edition. Illustrated by Paul Howard, this volume includes works by thirty-eight poets. A portrait of each is shown, in proximity to decorations or full-page paintings illustrating their selected poem. Additionally, there are notes about some of the poems, some of the poets and poetry in general at the end of the book. Many of the poems (e.g., Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll) are often found in collections for children. Others are a bit more obscure, and many will be more appealing to young adults or adults than they are to children. One minor flaw is the lack of notes indicating which of the selected poems are parts of longer works. The collection is arranged chronologically, and the table of contents includes a miniature of each of the poet's portrait along with the list of selections for each one. This title is part of a series called "The Candlewick Illustrated Classics." It would be a wonderful addition to any collection. Reviewer: Ellen Welty
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Rereading these poems as an adult offered a whole new perspective-they were even more enjoyable than when first read. Rosen has organized his collection chronologically and a chart at the beginning of the book complete with illustrations of the poets, birth and death dates serves as a novel table of contents. It also helps readers understand which of the thirty-eight poets, from Shakespeare to Judith Wright, were contemporaries. Each of the poems is accompanied by lovely illustrations. They vary from full size to small insets. The miniature picture of the poet found in the table of contents is reprinted in a sidebar along with brief statements about the influences that shaped the poets work. Among the true delights are Emily Dickinson's poem "The Wind began to knead the grass"-a wonderful description of a storm brewing, and Edna St. Vincent Millay's poem "The Fawn" accompanied by a full page picture of a fawn concealed within the forest. Her verse is a poetic telling of a simple event-stumbling upon a trusting fawn lying on a bed of moss. Rosen also provides notes about the poems, notes on poetry and an index to first lines and titles. His collection is wonderful for students, homeschoolers, and poetry lovers of all ages.
School Library Journal
Gr 5 Up-Thirty-eight poets, from Shakespeare to Judith Wright, are represented in this handsome, chronological collection. Rosen's introduction defines classic poetry very broadly as "poems that have lasted for many years...many people have thought these poems say important things in an exciting and memorable way." Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Yeats keep company with Ella Wheeler Wilcox and Australia's Banjo Paterson ("Waltzing Matilda" and "Mulga Bill's Bicycle"). Several selections are by poets who are traditionally included in anthologies for children-Robert Louis Stevenson, Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, Walter de la Mare. Most of the pieces, however, will be most comprehensible to young adult and adult readers. A generous table of contents offers a complete overview of the anthology with small portraits and titles of the poems for each entry. Entries for each poet include a small portrait heading a sidebar of biographical information and soft paintings of variable size facing one to four poems. There are concluding notes for some of the poems, a page of definitions of poetry terms, and a title and first-line index. Somewhat eclectic in its selection, this collection is an inviting, durable introduction to a broad range of poetry.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781564028907
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
11/28/1998
Edition description:
1st U.S. Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
7.88(w) x 11.41(h) x 0.78(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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