Poems Every Child Should Know by Unknown

Poems Every Child Should Know by Unknown

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A treasure trove of more than two hundred poems, this gem of an anthology compiled by Mary E Burt is indeed a most valuable set of poems to read or listen to. Published in 1904, Poems Every Child Should Know contains some well-loved verses like Thomas Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, Lewis Carroll's delightful parody Father William, Felicia Hemans' deeply-moving Casablanca and other favorites. It also has lesser-known but equally beautiful pieces like Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's The Arrow and The Song, Robert Browning's The Incident of the French Camp, Eugene Field's nonsense lyrics Wynken, Blynken and Nod and a host of other wonderful verses. For modern day children, unaccustomed to reading and memorizing poetry, the book is a throwback to the days when this was the norm in most classrooms and homes. Fragments from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, in which Mark Antony pays tribute to the dead Brutus, Polonius' advice to his son Laertes from Hamlet with the stirring lines, “This above all: to thine own self be true...” are some of the masterpieces contained here. Poems Every Child Should Know also contained some of the most famous poems in English by poets like Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Browning and Milton. American poets like Walt Whitman are featured here with their immortal lines in poems like Song of Myself. Another famous American poet found here is Edgar Allan Poe with his iconic The Raven. The book is divided into six parts, with a very interesting and self explanatory preface by the author. She begins with something that readers would say when they first encounter a poetry anthology: “Is this another collection of stupid poems that children cannot use?” and goes on to explain how she selected the ones included here. Most of them were picked because they were short enough for a child to memorize. This is a now forgotten activity that can give hours of pleasure as you recall the lines long after you've put away the book. Others were chosen for the heroic and patriotic sentiments, like The Star Spangled Banner, Lord Ullin's Daughter, The Charge of the Light Brigade, Horatius at the Bridge and a host of other inspiring poems. Mary Elizabeth Burt was a gifted teacher who believed that poetry had the power to inspire, educate and mold young minds so that they could mature into valuable and useful citizens of the country. For modern day readers, this is indeed a delightful collection, which offers endless hours of pleasure as you thumb through rediscovering old favorites, and enjoying new ones.
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A treasure trove of more than two hundred poems, this gem of an anthology compiled by Mary E Burt is indeed a most valuable set of poems to read or listen to. Published in 1904, Poems Every Child Should Know contains some well-loved verses like Thomas Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, Lewis Carroll's delightful parody Father William, Felicia Hemans' deeply-moving Casablanca and other favorites. It also has lesser-known but equally beautiful pieces like Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's The Arrow and The Song, Robert Browning's The Incident of the French Camp, Eugene Field's nonsense lyrics Wynken, Blynken and Nod and a host of other wonderful verses. For modern day children, unaccustomed to reading and memorizing poetry, the book is a throwback to the days when this was the norm in most classrooms and homes. Fragments from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, in which Mark Antony pays tribute to the dead Brutus, Polonius' advice to his son Laertes from Hamlet with the stirring lines, “This above all: to thine own self be true...” are some of the masterpieces contained here. Poems Every Child Should Know also contained some of the most famous poems in English by poets like Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Browning and Milton. American poets like Walt Whitman are featured here with their immortal lines in poems like Song of Myself. Another famous American poet found here is Edgar Allan Poe with his iconic The Raven. The book is divided into six parts, with a very interesting and self explanatory preface by the author. She begins with something that readers would say when they first encounter a poetry anthology: “Is this another collection of stupid poems that children cannot use?” and goes on to explain how she selected the ones included here. Most of them were picked because they were short enough for a child to memorize. This is a now forgotten activity that can give hours of pleasure as you recall the lines long after you've put away the book. Others were chosen for the heroic and patriotic sentiments, like The Star Spangled Banner, Lord Ullin's Daughter, The Charge of the Light Brigade, Horatius at the Bridge and a host of other inspiring poems. Mary Elizabeth Burt was a gifted teacher who believed that poetry had the power to inspire, educate and mold young minds so that they could mature into valuable and useful citizens of the country. For modern day readers, this is indeed a delightful collection, which offers endless hours of pleasure as you thumb through rediscovering old favorites, and enjoying new ones.
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01 – Preface

25 Jul 2020 | 05 mins 08 secs

01 – Preface

25 Jul 2020 | 05 mins 08 secs

02 – The Arrow and the So...

24 Jul 2020 | 06 mins 24 secs

02 – The Arrow and t...

24 Jul 2020 | 06 mins 24 secs

03 – True Royalty; Playin...

23 Jul 2020 | 05 mins 20 secs

03 – True Royalty; P...

23 Jul 2020 | 05 mins 20 secs

04 – How the Leaves Came ...

22 Jul 2020 | 05 mins 58 secs

04 – How the Leaves ...

22 Jul 2020 | 05 mins 58 secs

05 – Wynken, Blynken, and...

21 Jul 2020 | 04 mins 36 secs

05 – Wynken, Blynken...

21 Jul 2020 | 04 mins 36 secs

06 – The Boy Who Never To...

20 Jul 2020 | 04 mins 13 secs

06 – The Boy Who Nev...

20 Jul 2020 | 04 mins 13 secs

07 – Casabianca; The Capt...

19 Jul 2020 | 03 mins 50 secs

07 – Casabianca; The...

19 Jul 2020 | 03 mins 50 secs

08 – The Village Blacksmi...

18 Jul 2020 | 05 mins 51 secs

08 – The Village Bla...

18 Jul 2020 | 05 mins 51 secs

09 – A Visit from St. Nic...

17 Jul 2020 | 06 mins 03 secs

09 – A Visit from St...

17 Jul 2020 | 06 mins 03 secs

10 – Father William; The ...

16 Jul 2020 | 03 mins 55 secs

10 – Father William;...

16 Jul 2020 | 03 mins 55 secs

11 – Jack Frost; The Owl;...

15 Jul 2020 | 05 mins 26 secs

11 – Jack Frost; The...

15 Jul 2020 | 05 mins 26 secs

12 – The Butterfly and th...

14 Jul 2020 | 06 mins 43 secs

12 – The Butterfly a...

14 Jul 2020 | 06 mins 43 secs

13 – Old Grimes; Song of ...

13 Jul 2020 | 04 mins 29 secs

13 – Old Grimes; Son...

13 Jul 2020 | 04 mins 29 secs

14 – A Boy’s Song; Butter...

12 Jul 2020 | 05 mins 04 secs

14 – A Boy’s Song; B...

12 Jul 2020 | 05 mins 04 secs

15 – Little Orphant Annie...

11 Jul 2020 | 05 mins 23 secs

15 – Little Orphant ...

11 Jul 2020 | 05 mins 23 secs