Poems from Many Cultures: Poetry Collection 4

Poems from Many Cultures: Poetry Collection 4

by Fiona Waters
     
 

An introduction to poetry old and new from many different parts of the world. From Africa and America to Russia and India, this poetical tour explores customs and beliefs of various cultures, offering exciting opportunities to compare the familiar with the unexpected.  See more details below

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An introduction to poetry old and new from many different parts of the world. From Africa and America to Russia and India, this poetical tour explores customs and beliefs of various cultures, offering exciting opportunities to compare the familiar with the unexpected.

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Children's Literature
While most of the poems in this collection can be found elsewhere, this is a useful multi-cultural anthology. The poems celebrate uniqueness but also reflect on the universal themes of love, friendship and family that seem to unite rather than divide us. There is the simply stated pain of Yugoslavian poet Jon Milos who, in "Don't Ask Me," reflects on the harsh realties of war that have left him unable to care for anything but his work. An aboriginal mother laments in "Spirit Belong Mother" of the loss of one taken from her people. In "Proud Old Man," (Grandpa) Zimbabwean poet Paul Chilyausiku chides youth for their softness. Native American poet Eagle Wing points out the irony of the word Alabama that means, "here we have rest," but in this land for his people, "there is no spot under the stars that now smile upon us." "We Are All in the Telephone Book" by Langston Hughes seems to sum up the aim of this thought-provoking collection when he writes, "for generations men have dreamed of nations united as one." Buff pages with occasional blue or white illustrations that are uninspired give the book an austere look. There is an author index but an index of first lines would have been helpful. 2001, Evans Brothers, $19.95. Ages 14 up. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-A workaday collection of 95 poems, old and new, covering a wide range of cultures from Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, Asia, etc. The breadth of the poems' origins is vast; what the book desperately needs is a focus. The selections have no discernable order or logic to their placement. Despite the inclusion of many well-known poets, there is little consistency in the quality of the selections (for example, Nikki Giovanni's wonderfully evocative "Knoxville, Tennessee," which appeals to a range of readers, appears along with trite images of hopelessly square adults in Jon Agard's "Way-out Mum Way-out Dad"-"Dad wears a ponytail listens to Cream and goes on about a book called The Tao of Pooh"). With rich, thoughtful, diverse poetry collections such as Naomi Shihab Nye's This Same Sky (S & S, 1992) still in print, it makes more sense to celebrate the richness of world poetry by buying a second copy. It is well worth savoring.-Kathleen Whalin, York Public Library, ME Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780237521042
Publisher:
Cherrytree Books
Publication date:
07/01/2001
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
8 - 11 Years

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