Under the Greenwood Tree: Shakespeare for Young People

Under the Greenwood Tree: Shakespeare for Young People

by William Shakespeare, Robin DeWitt
     
 

To enjoy the poetry for its own sake, unchanged from Shakespeare's wording, accompanied by glorious full-color paintings, is the purpose of this collection, without reference to play plots or sonnet sequence and arranged according to the stages of life. Here then is a lifespan of richest poetic thought and imagery. Pictorially, the book is sheer beauty. A glossary has… See more details below

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To enjoy the poetry for its own sake, unchanged from Shakespeare's wording, accompanied by glorious full-color paintings, is the purpose of this collection, without reference to play plots or sonnet sequence and arranged according to the stages of life. Here then is a lifespan of richest poetic thought and imagery. Pictorially, the book is sheer beauty. A glossary has been provided.

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Gr 4 Up Here we have subliminal Shakespeare. The poetry is embedded in lavish, seductive illustrations that render it almost secondary. Each turn of the page offers a song, a snippet, a part of a speech, or a story from the play represented, and readers rarely see the whole work, the sonnets being the exception. All are surrounded by the DeWitts' lush romantic watercolors. Each painting is a lovingly detailed world of its own, in harmony with the character of the piece represented. At first jarring, the blunt, commonplace features on many of the beings, both human and magical, give them a vitality that draws readers further into their world to look again and find more. The pattern to the presentation is said to be the stages of life, but it's not really an important factor since each page or double-page spread exists on its own. As with other books in the series, this is introduced by a recognized scholar in the field (in this case, A. L. Rowse). Although only a taste of Shakespeare, this irresistible book is its own reason for being. Surely such an hors d'oeuvre will tempt a few to the whole meal. Sally T. Margolis, Town and Country Day School, Kensington, Md.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780880450294
Publisher:
Stemmer House Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/1994
Series:
Poetry for Young People
Pages:
79
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.46(h) x 0.23(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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