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Title:
Samuel Taylor Coleridge : edited by James Engell ; illustrated by Harvey Chan.
Author:
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, 1772-1834.
Uniform Title:
Poems. Selections
Publication Information:
New York : Sterling Pub. Co., [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm.
Summary:
Introduces the life of author Samuel Taylor Coleridge and presents a sample of his poetry, including complete works and excerpts, with a brief, explanatory introduction to each.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Contents:
"Answer to a Child's Questions" -- From "Songs of the Pixies" -- From "Frost at Midnight" -- From "This Lime-Tree Bower My Prison" -- "Kubla Khan: Or, A Vision in a Dream" -- From "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" -- "The Knight's Tomb" -- Song from "Zapolya" -- From "Christabel" -- "Phantom" -- "Reason for Love's Blindness" -- From "Limbo" -- From "The Wanderings of Cain" -- "Time, Real and Imaginary" -- From "The Nightingale" -- "Fancy in Nubibus" -- "Something Childish, but Very Natural" -- "Sonnet to the River Otter."
ISBN:
9780806969510
Format :
Book

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Introduces the life of author Samuel Taylor Coleridge and presents a sample of his poetry, including complete works and excerpts, with a brief, explanatory introduction to each. Ages 11+


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Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-10. The editors of these handsome collections in the Poetry for Young People series have chosen well, bringing together about 20 of each great poet's most accessible, compelling poems, with selections that range from Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" to Wordsworth's "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud" and Yeats' stark, dramatic "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death." The full-color paintings on each page are beautiful. Each volume begins with a helpful general biography and a critical introduction to the poet's work. On the page with each poem, brief editorial notes provide useful context and guidance (if only the notes were at the back of the book, so that the reader could first enjoy a poem free of commentary). In fact, the book design is a problem, especially in the Yeats book. Harrington's impressionistic art is lush and beautiful, evoking the Irish landscapes, fantasy worlds, and stormy emotions of the verse; but the large pictures leave no space for readers to imagine what the words suggest, and much of the type is hard to read because it's printed right on the dark, full-page paintings. In the Coleridge and Wordsworth collections there is a lot more white space, and the illustrations evoke each poet's world without totally overwhelming the verbal images. None of this classic poetry is easy reading, and all three books will work best for reading aloud and group discussion. --Hazel Rochman


Publisher's Weekly Review

The Poetry for Young People series adds two renowned British Romantics: Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ed. by James Engell, illus. by Harvey Chan; and William Wordsworth, ed. by Alan Liu, illus. by James Muir. The first title features excerpts from some of Coleridge's most famous long narrative poems, such as "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," along with shorter works, such as "Answer to a Child's Question," which begins "Do you ask what the birds say? The sparrow, the dove,/ The linnet and the thrush say, `I love and I love!' " Wordsworth is organized around topics such as "Nature" and "Children and Young People," and includes famous works such as "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud." The poet's love of nature shines throughout, as in the opening lines of "It Is a Beauteous Evening, Calm and Free": "It is a beauteous evening, calm and free,/ The holy time is quiet as a Nun/ Breathless with adoration." As befits each poet, the artwork for Coleridge tends toward the more mystical and fantastic, while that for Wordsworth focuses on realistic and natural scenes. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-This skillful introduction opens with an overview of Coleridge's life and poetry, followed by 18 works (or parts of works). Engell includes many of the English poet's most significant pieces, although "Dejection: An Ode"-important enough to mention in the introduction-is omitted. The notes and footnotes (defining obscure terms) accompanying each poem will be helpful to readers tackling the poet's challenging work. Chan's enchanting paintings embellish the text and do a nice job of capturing the mood of the poetry without dominating it. A useful but small index concludes the book. Little material for younger students focuses on Coleridge, making this a useful purchase for any collection.-Julie Roach, Malden Public Library, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.