One Hundred Years of Poetry for Children

One Hundred Years of Poetry for Children

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This is a comprehensive celebration of 100 years of poetry written for children. The 20th century has seen an explosion in the number of poets writing for children, and in the amount of accessible poetry available to them. This collection is arranged by theme, and includes one poem by each of the writers. From Rudyard Kipling to Charles Causley, from Ogden Nash to Michael Rosen, the style and subject matter of the poetry ranges dramatically. There are familiar, famous poems, and some less well-known ones here, grouped together under such headings as childhood, war, animals and mystery. Michael Harrison and Christopher Stuart-Clark have brought together in this book a selection from 100 years of poetry from all over the English-speaking more

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  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 161.3 x 241.6 x 20.3mm | 562.34g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black and white illustrations
  • 0192761900
  • 9780192761903

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"An outstanding collection. Instead of presenting more of the same literal, singsong poems for children, the editors mine the works of the last century to provide readers with a thematically arranged book of verse that they will be able to read and understand now, but will also think about for many years to come... Careful selection of writers both well- and lesser-known... Could be used as a classroom text sure to spark discussion, but could also be read with gratifying results by young people discovering poetry on their own."--School Library Journal"A measured, thoughtful, and infinitely satisfying selection."--The Horn Book Guide"Some of the best 20th-century poets are represented by some of their finest poems."--The New York Times Book Review"Readers who dip in and browse will find great new poems to hold them fast."--Booklist"The book is full of discoveries, has a leitmotif of irony, and is utterly engrossing... Continues Oxford University Press's tradition of assembling the finest English language poetry."--The Boston Globe"A fine, well-rounded collection of classic and contemporary verse."--Atlanta Journal Constitutionshow more

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Unfocused, unwieldy and mistitled, this portentous gathering of about 140 previously published poems from as many English and American poets won't find an audience beyond a few adult readers. Once past a handful of familiar names - among them David McCord, Walter de la Mare, Valerie Worth, Jack Prelutsky - many of the poets are obscure, long dead, or both, and their contributions often only incidentally "for children": Dylan Thomas and D.H. Lawrence recall their past youths; Simon Armitrage presents an ode to a divorced suicide; T.S. Eliot is represented by, of all things, "Preludes" ("The morning comes to consciousness/of faint stale smells of beer"). The poems are arranged in thematic sequences, under vague headings, such as "Mystery" and "Scenes," illustrated with formal, usually impersonal, ink or woodcut vignettes by four artists. Beyond birth/death dates, there is no information about either the poets or their works. Next to such anthologies as The New Oxford Book Of Children's Verse (1996), this is hard to use, uninviting to browse, and but indifferently canonical. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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