Best Remembered Poems

Best Remembered Poems

by Martin Gardner (Editor)

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Overview

The 126 poems in this superb collection of 19th and 20th century British and American verse range from the impassioned "Renascence" of Edna St. Vincent Millay to Edward Lear's whimsical "The Owl and the Pussycat" and James Whitcomb Riley’s homespun "When the Frost Is on the Punkin." Famous poets such as Wordsworth, Tennyson, Whitman, and Frost are well-represented, as are less well-known poets such as John McCrae ("In Flanders Fields") and Ernest Thayer ("Casey at the Bat"). Includes 10 selections from the Common Core State Standards Initiative: "The Owl and the Pussycat," "Casey at the Bat," "Jabberwocky," "O Captain! My Captain!," "Paul Revere's Ride," "Ozymandias," "The Raven," "Because I Could Not Stop for Death," "Mending Wall," and "Ode on a Grecian Urn."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780486271651
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 12/15/1992
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 257,150
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Martin Gardner was a renowned author who published over 70 books on subjects from science and math to poetry and religion. He also had a lifelong passion for magic tricks and puzzles. Well known for his mathematical games column in Scientific American and his "Trick of the Month" in Physics Teacher magazine, Gardner attracted a loyal following with his intelligence, wit, and imagination.

Martin Gardner: A Remembrance
The worldwide mathematical community was saddened by the death of Martin Gardner on May 22, 2010. Martin was 95 years old when he died, and had written 70 or 80 books during his long lifetime as an author. Martin's first Dover books were published in 1956 and 1957: Mathematics, Magic and Mystery, one of the first popular books on the intellectual excitement of mathematics to reach a wide audience, and Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science, certainly one of the first popular books to cast a devastatingly skeptical eye on the claims of pseudoscience and the many guises in which the modern world has given rise to it. Both of these pioneering books are still in print with Dover today along with more than a dozen other titles of Martin's books. They run the gamut from his elementary Codes, Ciphers and Secret Writing, which has been enjoyed by generations of younger readers since the 1980s, to the more demanding The New Ambidextrous Universe: Symmetry and Asymmetry from Mirror Reflections to Superstrings, which Dover published in its final revised form in 2005.

To those of us who have been associated with Dover for a long time, however, Martin was more than an author, albeit a remarkably popular and successful one. As a member of the small group of long-time advisors and consultants, which included NYU's Morris Kline in mathematics, Harvard's I. Bernard Cohen in the history of science, and MIT's J. P. Den Hartog in engineering, Martin's advice and editorial suggestions in the formative 1950s helped to define the Dover publishing program and give it the point of view which — despite many changes, new directions, and the consequences of evolution — continues to be operative today.

In the Author's Own Words:
"Politicians, real-estate agents, used-car salesmen, and advertising copy-writers are expected to stretch facts in self-serving directions, but scientists who falsify their results are regarded by their peers as committing an inexcusable crime. Yet the sad fact is that the history of science swarms with cases of outright fakery and instances of scientists who unconsciously distorted their work by seeing it through lenses of passionately held beliefs."

"A surprising proportion of mathematicians are accomplished musicians. Is it because music and mathematics share patterns that are beautiful?" — Martin Gardner

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
ELIZABETH AKERS ALLEN
Rock Me to Sleep
MATTHEW ARNOLD
Dover Beach
WILLIAM BLAKE
The Tyger
FRANCIS WILLIAM BOURDILLON
The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
ROBERT BROWNING
Pippa's Song
Meeting at Night
WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT
Thanatopsis
GELETT BURGESS
The Purple Cow
ROBERT BURNS
To a Mouse
Is There for Honest Poverty'
"GEORGE GORDON, LORD BYRON"
She Walks in beauty
The Destruction of Sennacherib
BLISS CARMAN
A Vagabond Song
LEWIS CARROLL
Jabberwocky
ARTHUR CHAPMAN
Out Where the West Begins
SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE
Kubla Khan
STEPHEN CRANE
A Man Said to the Universe'
EMILY DICKINSON
I Never Saw a Moor'
If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking'
There Is No Frigate Like a Book'
Because I Could Not Stop for Death'
JOSEPH RODMAN DRAKE
The American Flag
RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Concord Hymn
EUGENE FIELD
Little Boy Blue
"Wynken, Blynken, and Nod"
The Duel
SAM WALTER FOSS
The House by the Side of the Road
ROBERT FROST
Mending Wall
Fire and Ice
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
THOMAS GRAY
Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
EDGAR GUEST
Home
It Couldn't Be Done
SARAH JOSEPHA HALE
Mary's Lamb
FELICIA DOROTHEA HEMANS
Casabianca
The Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers
WILLIAM ERNEST HENLEY
Invictus
OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES
Old Ironsides
The Last Leaf
The Deacon's Masterpiece
THOMAS HOOD
The Song of the Shirt
The Bridge of Sighs
RICHARD HOVEY
Th Sea Gypsy
JULIA WARD HOWE
Battle Hymn of the Republic
LEIGH HUNT
Abou Ben Adhem
Jenny Kiss'd Me
JOHN KEATS
On First Looking into Chapman's Homer
La Belle Dame sans Merci
Ode on a Grecian Urn
Ode to a Nightingale
JOYCE KILMER
Trees
RUDYARD KIPLING
Recessional
Mandalay
Danny Deever
If-
Tommy
Boots
Gunga Din
L'Envoi ('When Earth's last picture is painted')
EDWARD LEAR
The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
The Day Is Done
A Psalm of Life
Paul Revere's Ride
The Village Blacksmith
The Wreck of the Hesperus
The Arrow and the Song
The Children's Hour
Excelsior
There Was a Little Girl
JOHN MCCRAE
In Flanders Fields
EDWIN MARKHAM
The Man with the Hoe
JOHN MASEFIELD
Sea Fever
Cargoes
HUGHES MEARNS
Antigonish
EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY
Renascence
Euclid Alone Has Looked on Beauty Bare'
First Fig
JOAQUIN MILLER
Columbus
CLEMENT CLARKE MOORE
A Visit from St. Nicholas
GEORGE POPE MORRIS
"Woodman, Spare That Tree!"
ALFRED NOYES
The Highwayman
The Barrel-Organ
JOHN HOWARD PAYNE
"Home, Sweet Home"
EDGAR ALLAN POE
The Raven
Annabel Lee
To Helen
The Bells
ADELAIDE ANNE PROCTER
The Lost Chord
JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY
The Old Swimmin'-Hole
An Old Sweetheart of Mine
Little Orphant Annie
When the Frost Is on the Punkin
CARL SANDBURG
Chicago
Fog
JOHN GODFREY SAXE
The Blind Men and the Elephant
ALAN SEEGER
I Have a Rendezvous with Death
ROBERT SERVICE
The Shooting of Dan McGrew
The Cremation of Sam McGee
PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY
To a Skylark
Ozymandias
LANGDON SMITH
Evolution
ROBERT SOUTHEY
The Battle of Blenheim
ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
Requiem
Bed in Summer
Happy Thought
JANE TAYLOR
The Star
"ALFRED, LORD TENNYSON"
The Charge of the Light Brigade
Crossing the Bar
"Break, Break, Break'"
Flower in the Crannied Wall'
ERNEST LAWRENCE THAYER
Casey at the Bat
ROSE HARTWICK THORPE
Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight
WALT WHITMAN
Oh Captain! My Captain!
When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer
JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER
The Barefoot Boy
Maud Muller
ELLA WHEELER WILCOX
Solitude
The Winds of Fate
SAMUEL WOODWORTH
The Old Oaken Bucket
WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud'
"Composed upon Westminster Bridge, Sep. 3, 1802"
The World Is Too Much with Us; Late and Soon'
"It Is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free'"
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