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Title:
American poetry
Author:
Hollander, John.
Publication Information:
New York : Sterling Pub. Co., [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.3 4 Quiz: 37343 Guided reading level: NR.
ISBN:
9781402705175
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

"I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear..." --Walt Whitman

American Poetry offers a collection of 26 verses by our finest poets, all with their unique perspective on the land they loved and accompanied by remarkable paintings that enhance the meaning of the words. Here, beautifully illustrated, are such unforgettable works as Robert Frost's pensive "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," Ralph Waldo Emerson's powerful "Concord Hymn," Langston Hughes' majestic "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," Carl Sandburg's "Jazz Fantasia," and Maya Angelou's "Harlem Hopscotch." Of course, some poems are just sheer fun--especially the beloved ode to our national pastime, "Casey at the Bat."


Author Notes

John Hollander has written several volumes of poetry, books of criticism, and stories for children. He has collaborated on operatic and lyric works. His many honors include the Bollingen Prize, the Levinson Prize, the MLA Shaughnessy Medal, as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. A former Chancellor of The Academy of American Poets, he is currently a Sterling Professor of English Emeritus at Yale University
Sally Wern Comport's pictures have appeared in numerous books, magazines, advertisements, and publications over the course of her career as an illustrator. She has garnered awards from the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts Magazine, Print Magazine, and Spectrum, to name a few. Sally serves on the faculty of the Maryland Institute College of Art


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Publisher's Weekly Review

An addition to the Poetry for Young People series, American Poetry, edited by John Hollander, illus. by Sally Wern Comport, contains such vaunted poetic standards as "I Hear America Singing" by Walt Whitman, "Old Ironsides" by Oliver Wendell Holmes and "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" by Langston Hughes, among many others. Each poem is introduced with a brief child-friendly explanation of the piece's context or a bit about the poet, and a glossary of difficult words. Smudgy, colorful pastel illustrations convey America's diverse landscapes and people. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4 Up-Almost all of the 26 poems collected here are familiar classics, such as Walt Whitman's "I Hear America Singing" and Robert Frost's "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." The introduction explains why each selection was chosen. Each poem is preceded by an introductory paragraph that suggests the poet's motivation for writing it. Potentially unfamiliar words are defined at the end of the entry. Most of the poets are from the 19th and early 20th centuries and are Caucasian; Langston Hughes and Maya Angelou are notable exceptions. The poems paint a varied, but predominantly rosy picture. They are not arranged by theme or chronology, but merely offer different snapshots of the American experience. Comport uses a variety of media and styles to reflect the tone of the poems. Milton Meltzer's Hour of Freedom (Boyds Mills, 2003) contains a more liberal mix of poets from diverse cultural backgrounds and poems that include a critical portrayal of American culture, but it has less visual appeal. Because of its colorful art, this book is an inviting choice for collections needing accessible American poetry.-Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Walt WhitmanStephen Vincent BenetLydia Huntley SigourneyMay SwensonRalph Waldo EmersonOliver Wendell HolmesFrancis Scott KeyEmma LazarusWallace StevensWalt WhitmanLangston HughesWilliam Cullen BryantErnest ThayerEdward Arlington RobinsonRobert FrostWilliam Carlos WilliamsEmily DickinsonElla Wheeler WilcoxT.S. EliotHamlin GarlandMaya AngelouCarl SandburgHenry Van DykeClaude McKayVachel Lindsay
Introductionp. 4
I Hear America Singingp. 8
American Namesp. 10
Indian Namesp. 12
A Navajo Blanketp. 14
Concord Hymnp. 15
Old Ironsidesp. 16
Defence of Fort McHenryp. 18
The New Colossusp. 20
Anecdote of the Jarp. 22
Portrait VIIIp. 23
O Captain! My Captain!p. 24
The Negro Speaks of Riversp. 27
To an American Painter Departing for Europep. 28
Casey at the Batp. 30
The House on the Hillp. 34
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Eveningp. 35
The Great Figurep. 36
Amherst Trainp. 38
The Enginep. 39
Virginiap. 40
On the Mississippip. 41
Harlem Hopscotchp. 42
Jazz Fantasiap. 43
America for Mep. 44
Americap. 45
The Rockets That Reached Saturnp. 46
Indexp. 48