Classic Poetry

Classic Poetry

An Illustrated Collection

Book - 1998
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A collection of over 80 poems written in an English language, representing 40 poets of British, American or Australian origin. Each poet's contribution is accompanied by a brief biographical sketch, outlining some of the main qualities of his or her writing.
Publisher: London ; Sydney : Walker Books, 1998.
ISBN: 9780744532807
Branch Call Number: J 821 CLA
Additional Contributors: Rosen, Michael


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quagga Nov 02, 2009

This is an ambitious collection of poetry from over 30 poets (mostly male) who wrote in English between the 17th century and the mid-twentieth century. They range from Shakespeare to Yeats to African-American Langston Hughes to Australian Judith Wright. It is an introduction aimed at children in elementary school with lovely illustrations by Paul Howard. I thought some of the poems, like Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Kubla Khan and Lord Byron's The Destruction of Sennacherib were rather difficult for a young age group, but adults reading to children can answer questions that arise. Sharing will bring pleasure for all ages. A knowledge of classic poetry will also help children to get full enjoyment from other English literature, right up into adulthood, since so many writers are inspired by these works.

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