Classic Poetry

Classic Poetry


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780763642105
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication date: 03/10/2009
Series: Candlewick Illustrated Classic Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 660,247
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Paul Howard decided that his portraits would show the poets to be as young as possible without depicting them as children. The idea, he says, was to demonstrate "that you don't have to be a wrinkly old man to be a poet. It's a common image, but I wanted to make these poets an inspiration to young people, to show that you can be a poet at any age."

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ChatWithVera More than 1 year ago
This is a beautiful collection of poetry specific to English language poets. They are from countries across the World. The book is strikingly illustrated with a rich array of paintings and drawings that the artist developed after studying the poetry, traveling to some of the countries, and trying to put to paints what the authors put in words. A daunting task. This books is not a young child's book, as the content is more suited for age 10 and up. So while this is published by a primarily children's press (Candlewick Press), it is suitable for children and adults. This will make grand addition to the home library for those who wish to read or study poetry and for those who wish to introduce their children to the words of great poets. A truly nice collection. The poets in this anthology encompass a timeline from 1564 AD (William Shakespeare's birth) to 2000 AD (Judith Wright's death). There are brief biographies of the poets and paintings of them as well. This provides easy access for children (students) to become acquainted with the poets, aid their research into English literature and the authors of that genre. Provided also is a grand little index in the back of the book. And then there are the delightful lines of poetry themselves..... The Mock Turtle's Song (Lewis Carroll) p.84 "Will you walk a little faster?" said a whiting to a snail. "There's a porpoise close behind us, and he's treading on my tail. See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance! They are waiting on the shingle-- will you come and join the dance? Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, will you join the dance?........... O Captain! My Captain! (Walt Whitman) p.76 O Captain! my Captain! our fateful trip is done, The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won, The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting, While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring; But O heart! heart! heart! O the bleeding drops of red, Where on the deck my Captain lies, Fallen cold and dead. This eclectic anthology of poems includes serious, deep thinking thoughts as well as light hearted, jovial. However, true to poetry, there is often loneliness and heartbreak hidden in the lines of the funny or lighthearted. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher to facilitate a review of my honest opinions. I received no compensation.