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Title:
Classic poetry : an illustrated collection
Author:
Rosen, Michael, 1946-
Edition:
First U.S. edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 1998.
Physical Description:
160 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Summary:
A collection of favorite poems by such writers as William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Edward Lear, Walt Whitman, and Langston Hughes, with portraits of the poets, brief biographical background, and illustrations.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781564028907
Format :
Book

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Summary

An ideal gift book for children and adults, this beautiful keepsake volume is the essential collection of classic poetry.

Poetry provides the best introduction to the marvels of the English language. This volume, collected by award-winning author Michael Rosen, presents a glorious selection of classic poetry, chronologically arranged from the seventeenth century to modern day--poems by such celebrated poets as William Shakespeare, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Emily Dickinson, Carl Sandburg, and Langston Hughes-- complete with biographical sketches of the poets, information on individual poems, and notes on poetic forms. Paul Howard's full-color illustrations illuminate some of the most brilliant poems of the English-speaking world with stunning breadth and beauty. A book to be treasured, Classic Poetry belongs on every shelf--every child should know these poems and keep this book with them as they grow.


Author Notes

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."

Michael Rosen says, "The idea behind this book is to show that great poems have been written by real people who lived in their own time and in their own place -- and to offer new insights into poems, poets, and the relationships between them. It offers a springboard to children and adults wanting to find out more and explore the world of poetry."


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-8. This handsome edition introduces major poets through works accessible to young people. Each section begins with a portrait of the author and a short summary of his or her life, followed by one or two poems or parts of poems. Each spread includes at least one illustration evocative of the tone of the poetry as well as the times of the poet. Some paintings take up entire spreads, while others appear as small vignettes next to stanzas of verse. Illustrator Paul Howard's gifts are not diminished by the smaller size of some pictures, for some of his best work here is in miniature. The book's only real drawback is that it doesn't always indicate when a particular selection is not the entire work. For instance, a reader meeting Poe's "The Bells" here for the first time would have no way of knowing that this selection is only one stanza of a longer poem. It would have been preferable to include only whole poems or, at least, to note when lines were taken from longer works (as in fact Rosen did in the selections from Shakespeare, Wordsworth, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning). This is a small point, however, because few anthologies for this age group include such a fine selection of works from beyond the childhood classics, introduce the poets so vividly, or provide such a rich collection of haunting illustrations. --Carolyn Phelan


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-Thirty-eight poets, from Shakespeare to Judith Wright, are represented in this handsome, chronological collection. Rosen's introduction defines classic poetry very broadly as "poems that have lasted for many years...many people have thought these poems say important things in an exciting and memorable way." Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Yeats keep company with Ella Wheeler Wilcox and Australia's Banjo Paterson ("Waltzing Matilda" and "Mulga Bill's Bicycle"). Several selections are by poets who are traditionally included in anthologies for children-Robert Louis Stevenson, Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, Walter de la Mare. Most of the pieces, however, will be most comprehensible to young adult and adult readers. A generous table of contents offers a complete overview of the anthology with small portraits and titles of the poems for each entry. Entries for each poet include a small portrait heading a sidebar of biographical information and soft paintings of variable size facing one to four poems. There are concluding notes for some of the poems, a page of definitions of poetry terms, and a title and first-line index. Somewhat eclectic in its selection, this collection is an inviting, durable introduction to a broad range of poetry.-Margaret Bush, Simmons College, Boston (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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