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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 d 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.


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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 d 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.

30 review for Classic Poetry: An Illustrated Collection

  1. 5 out of 5

    Vera Godley

    This is a beautiful collection of poetry specific to English language poets. They are from countries across the World. The book is strikingly illustrated with a rich array of paintings and drawings that the artist developed after studying the poetry, traveling to some of the countries, and trying to put to paints what the authors put in words. A daunting task. This books is not a young child's book, as the content is more suited for age 10 and up. So while this is published by a primarily childre This is a beautiful collection of poetry specific to English language poets. They are from countries across the World. The book is strikingly illustrated with a rich array of paintings and drawings that the artist developed after studying the poetry, traveling to some of the countries, and trying to put to paints what the authors put in words. A daunting task. This books is not a young child's book, as the content is more suited for age 10 and up. So while this is published by a primarily children's press (Candlewick Press), it is suitable for children and adults. This will make grand addition to the home library for those who wish to read or study poetry and for those who wish to introduce their children to the words of great poets. A truly nice collection. The poets in this anthology encompass a timeline from 1564 AD (William Shakespeare's birth) to 2000 AD (Judith Wright's death). There are brief biographies of the poets and paintings of them as well. This provides easy access for children (students) to become acquainted with the poets, aid their research into English literature and the authors of that genre. Provided also is a grand little index in the back of the book. And then there are the delightful lines of poetry themselves..... The Mock Turtle's Song (Lewis Carroll) p.84 "Will you walk a little faster?" said a whiting to a snail. "There's a porpoise close behind us, and he's treading on my tail. See how eagerly the lobsters and the turtles all advance! They are waiting on the shingle-- will you come and join the dance? Will you, won't you, will you, won't you, will you join the dance?........... O Captain! My Captain! (Walt Whitman) p.76 O Captain! my Captain! our fateful trip is done, The ship has weather'd every rack, the prize we sought is won, The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting, While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring; But O heart! heart! heart! O the bleeding drops of red, Where on the deck my Captain lies, Fallen cold and dead. This eclectic anthology of poems includes serious, deep thinking thoughts as well as light hearted, jovial. However, true to poetry, there is often loneliness and heartbreak hidden in the lines of the funny or lighthearted. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher to facilitate a review of my honest opinions. I received no compensation.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Erin Oh

    This collection contains a number of beautiful poems written by many different historical poets/authors from the past, all situated around the globe. Sonnets and writings from famous figures, such as the great playwriter Shakespeare and the dark writer Edgar Allen Poe, are included: "All the World's a Stage" by Shakespeare and "Eldorado" by Edgar Allan Poe. This helps the reader explore the scope of the fine arts and poetry from different eras of time. As for me, my favorite poem was "The Fawn" This collection contains a number of beautiful poems written by many different historical poets/authors from the past, all situated around the globe. Sonnets and writings from famous figures, such as the great playwriter Shakespeare and the dark writer Edgar Allen Poe, are included: "All the World's a Stage" by Shakespeare and "Eldorado" by Edgar Allan Poe. This helps the reader explore the scope of the fine arts and poetry from different eras of time. As for me, my favorite poem was "The Fawn" by Edna St. Vincent. Besides the painting and portrait of the author that was included with the poem, the writing is very rooted in nature and had a fresh atmosphere: "Monstrous and beautiful to human eyes, hard to believe; Hey lay, yet there he lay." Nevertheless, all the poems were great to read because of their detailed accounts despite the short length of them. I recommend this to those who love short stories and admire poets from all over the world.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Deanna

    A perfect blend of classic author’s signature works and less well known. Brief bios and gorgeous illustrations make this the perfect poetry browse.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Camille

    I've been searching for a new poetry book for months that would be great for reading to my kids and perhaps have information about each poem, the authors, and have beautiful illustrations. This is perfect! I also love the selection and that the poet's are listed in order of when they lived. I've been searching for a new poetry book for months that would be great for reading to my kids and perhaps have information about each poem, the authors, and have beautiful illustrations. This is perfect! I also love the selection and that the poet's are listed in order of when they lived.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nathan

    i like this book because the poetry in it is inspirational . Clock A Clay by John Clare (1793-1864) 1 In the cowslips peeps I lye Hidden from the buzzing fly While green grass beneath me lies Pearled wi’ dew like fishes eyes Here I lye a Clock a clay Waiting for the time o’day 2 While grassy forests quake surprise And the wild wind sobs and sighs My gold home rocks as like to fall On its pillars green and tall When the pattering rain drives bye Clock a Clay keeps warm and dry 3 Day by day and night by night All t i like this book because the poetry in it is inspirational . Clock A Clay by John Clare (1793-1864) 1 In the cowslips peeps I lye Hidden from the buzzing fly While green grass beneath me lies Pearled wi’ dew like fishes eyes Here I lye a Clock a clay Waiting for the time o’day 2 While grassy forests quake surprise And the wild wind sobs and sighs My gold home rocks as like to fall On its pillars green and tall When the pattering rain drives bye Clock a Clay keeps warm and dry 3 Day by day and night by night All the week I hide from sight In the cowslips peeps I lye In rain and dew still warm and dry Day and night and night and day Red black spotted clock a clay 4 My home it shakes in wind and showers Pale green pillar top’t wi’ flowers Bending at the wild wind’s breath Till I touch the grass beneath Here still I live lone clock a clay Watching for the time of day

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rosie Gearhart

    Good, not great. My 11, 13, and 15 year olds were tolerant of it. They liked some of the poems, found some confusing or weird, and didn’t like a few. I agreed with them. I did like the little side blurbs that gave some author background. It was nice to run into some of our favorite poems! (Tomorrow by Shakespeare, Paul Revere’s Ride, everything Tennyson and Dickinson, O Captain! MyCaptain!, Who Has Seen the Wind, Jabberwocky, Mother to Son)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lorie LovesBooks

    A very good collection, the illustrations were good. If you love poetry and are wondering what poets you want to read this book is a good way to do so. Most of the poets had 2 to 3 poems. I would recommend this more for an older reader because some of the poems are about death, slavery, and smugglers. One of my favorite authors is Lewis Carroll and it had very cute illustrations for How Doth the Little Crocodile and Jabberwocky.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Becker Kids

    I thought this collection was a great introduction to many classic poets and poems, and I thought the idea to include a large number of poets and arrange them chronologically was interesting and helpful. I enjoyed re-reading some old familiar poems. Unfortunately, this book did not interest my kids at all yet, but I'm hopeful that just by familiarizing myself or just creating some exposure for them will help them be more open and interested to poetry in the future. I thought this collection was a great introduction to many classic poets and poems, and I thought the idea to include a large number of poets and arrange them chronologically was interesting and helpful. I enjoyed re-reading some old familiar poems. Unfortunately, this book did not interest my kids at all yet, but I'm hopeful that just by familiarizing myself or just creating some exposure for them will help them be more open and interested to poetry in the future.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Child960801

    I read this to the children. Some of the poems where too advanced for them, but I enjoyed reading them and I think it's good for them to start getting familiar with these great works. The poems are arranged by author in order of their birth. I liked the mini biography that started each poet's section. It helped to put the poems into context. I read this to the children. Some of the poems where too advanced for them, but I enjoyed reading them and I think it's good for them to start getting familiar with these great works. The poems are arranged by author in order of their birth. I liked the mini biography that started each poet's section. It helped to put the poems into context.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Faith Neece

    I found this book kind of randomly at a used book store, but I’m so glad I got it! While this book is aimed at young readers, I really valued reading it as an adult! It actually exposed me to a lot of classic poetry I hadn’t read before. The illustrations are really beautiful and help you appreciate the poetry in a new way. It’s a great book for all ages! :)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    I'm not much of a poetry person, but I enjoyed how the editor gathered this collection of poetry in an approachable and nonintimidating way. The poems are organized in a chronological order according to poet, highlighting the most known poets (with short snippets of information on each) from the time of Shakespeare (1564 AD) to Judith Wright (2000 AD). I'm not much of a poetry person, but I enjoyed how the editor gathered this collection of poetry in an approachable and nonintimidating way. The poems are organized in a chronological order according to poet, highlighting the most known poets (with short snippets of information on each) from the time of Shakespeare (1564 AD) to Judith Wright (2000 AD).

  12. 5 out of 5

    Priya

    As someone who is new to reading poetry this book is excellent because it introduces you to a variety classics. Many of the poems describe beautiful imagery, and are followed by detailed pictures. The only reason I gave this four stars is because some of the language in the poems are hard to follow (for beginners).

  13. 4 out of 5

    Adina Caskey

    The perfect collections of illustrated poetry for my 5th grader and I for English. Read slowly over about 4 months. . .a poem or two each school day was the perfect pace for us. Some we had to read over just because they were so fun and beautifully illustrated.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Liz Zimmerman

    I was really expecting to encounter old favorites & discover new poems, but I was kind of disappointed. The only new poet I read that I liked was Hillaire Belloc.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Beautiful selection of poems and illustrations!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    I like classic poetry best due its connection with nature, God, slavery to freedom and all the history of overcoming.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tiff Miller

    Lovely introduction to a wide variety of poets.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I thought this book was really fun! I liked a lot of the poems, and found there was a good variety of them.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    My 6th grader and I just finished this poetry collection. I think it was a good assortment of poems and the illustrations were beautiful.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This is a very nice collection of poetry with short bios of the authors and wonderful illustrations.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gary

    A good collection with great illustrations. Since I preferred the earlier poetry, in the main, I would have liked more from before the 19th Century. But it has helped me appreciate what poetry is all about. Liked it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Riley19

    The poetry book I read was Classic Poetry: an illustrated collection. There are so many poems in this book and some were really difficult to read that I was not able to read them all but some of the poems I did read were really good and here are some examples of poems I did read; “All the World’s a Stage”, “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow” both by Shakespeare, The Tyger by William Blake, The Destruction of Sennacherib by Lord Byron, The Bell and Eldorado by Edgar Allen Poe, The Eagle by Alfre The poetry book I read was Classic Poetry: an illustrated collection. There are so many poems in this book and some were really difficult to read that I was not able to read them all but some of the poems I did read were really good and here are some examples of poems I did read; “All the World’s a Stage”, “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow” both by Shakespeare, The Tyger by William Blake, The Destruction of Sennacherib by Lord Byron, The Bell and Eldorado by Edgar Allen Poe, The Eagle by Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Five Eyes by Walter de La Mare . But my favorite poem of all time is called Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll. From the book through the looking glass this poem is about a boy who has been told to go and slay this monstrous beast and succeeds and in the end everybody celebrates this kind of poem is called a nonsense poem because of all the weird and wacky words and that is why I love this poem.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Pros: It's a varied collection stylistically and gives a nice overview of some of the major players in English lit. There are very brief bios for each poet placing them in historical context and some nice notes in the back which would be helpful to teachers wishing to use this collection in an elementary class or for the more motivated student wishing to learn more. Cons: Heavily weighted to the dead white guy poets with a few token women and Langston Hughes. Since it isn't specifically called Cl Pros: It's a varied collection stylistically and gives a nice overview of some of the major players in English lit. There are very brief bios for each poet placing them in historical context and some nice notes in the back which would be helpful to teachers wishing to use this collection in an elementary class or for the more motivated student wishing to learn more. Cons: Heavily weighted to the dead white guy poets with a few token women and Langston Hughes. Since it isn't specifically called Classic Poetry of English Speakers it might have been nice to include some classics from the non-English speaking world.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    A wonderful collection, great to introduce young readers to well-regarded poets (the brief biographies are helpful and interesting) and to their work. As always, the illustrations influenced my regard: they are interesting, varied, simple, and skillful. I enjoyed re-reading these classics as and adult as much as I hope younger readers would enjoy them. They reminded me of the amazing breadth of experience writers share in their work and how enriching it is to read about them in the condensed, we A wonderful collection, great to introduce young readers to well-regarded poets (the brief biographies are helpful and interesting) and to their work. As always, the illustrations influenced my regard: they are interesting, varied, simple, and skillful. I enjoyed re-reading these classics as and adult as much as I hope younger readers would enjoy them. They reminded me of the amazing breadth of experience writers share in their work and how enriching it is to read about them in the condensed, well-crafted poetic format.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dana

    The text in this book can sometimes be hard to understand, so I would only reccommend this to someone who can understand harder language. I read a poem called, The Tyger and I thought it was pretty neat. It was weird how tiger was spelled, but after the poem there were 2 pages drawn of a tiger and it had 'tyger! tyger! burning bright under it. So I thought that little extra feature in the book was neat. The text in this book can sometimes be hard to understand, so I would only reccommend this to someone who can understand harder language. I read a poem called, The Tyger and I thought it was pretty neat. It was weird how tiger was spelled, but after the poem there were 2 pages drawn of a tiger and it had 'tyger! tyger! burning bright under it. So I thought that little extra feature in the book was neat.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sahir D'souza.

    Oh, a beautiful, beautiful book. Such exquisite poetry. This book introduced me to my all-time favourite poem, 'Solitude', by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. I also loved 'The Tyger', by William Blake, 'Jabberwocky', by Lewis Carroll, the unnamed sonnet by Christina Rossetti, 'A Smuggler's Song', by Rudyard Kipling, 'The Listeners', by Walter de la Mare, 'The Ways of Love', by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and 'O Captain! My Captain!', by Walt Whitman. Please: YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK. Oh, a beautiful, beautiful book. Such exquisite poetry. This book introduced me to my all-time favourite poem, 'Solitude', by Ella Wheeler Wilcox. I also loved 'The Tyger', by William Blake, 'Jabberwocky', by Lewis Carroll, the unnamed sonnet by Christina Rossetti, 'A Smuggler's Song', by Rudyard Kipling, 'The Listeners', by Walter de la Mare, 'The Ways of Love', by Elizabeth Barrett Browning and 'O Captain! My Captain!', by Walt Whitman. Please: YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Betty Strohecker

    This was a marvelous book of poetry selected by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Paul Howard. A wide range of poets were highlighted, including Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Keats, Shelley, Byron, Christina Rossetti, Emily Dickinson, and Langston Hughes. A brief biological sketch was given for each poet. A joy to read!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Wei Chen

    A good collection to learn the style of each poet from different period of time. Good art works but it would help the readers to understand the poetries better if the painting could speak to the thoughts not to the word itself.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I read this book many times as a child, and still find it enjoyable. It's a great book for exposing kids to a range of poets/styles, without being overwhelming. Short bio's on each author, and wonderful illistrations really round out this book well. I read this book many times as a child, and still find it enjoyable. It's a great book for exposing kids to a range of poets/styles, without being overwhelming. Short bio's on each author, and wonderful illistrations really round out this book well.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    Not the greatest book of collected poetry.

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