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101 Best-Loved Poems
Edited by Philip Smith

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101 Best-Loved Poems
Edited by Philip Smith
Dover Large Print Classics, (2001)
Dover Publications
ISBN: 0-486-41779-4
Genre: Poetry

Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - September 28, 2001

Poems are the stuff of love and life. You may not know all the intricacies of what makes up a poem. You may not be able to tell if a poem is in a ballad, a lyric or a sonnet. But one this is sure, you will always know whether or not you like a certain poem. In 101 Best-Loved Poems, Philip Smith has compiled a selection of poems which is sure to please just about everyone. From well know favorites like, Robert Burns's A Red, Red Rose. A poem which most people can recite, "O, my luve is like a red, red rose, That's newly sprung in June..." if for no other reason than it was put to music. To dream inspired masterpieces such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Kubla Khan from which almost every schoolchild has had to memorize, "In Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree..."

The poems in this collection range in date from the 16th to 20th century, and includes works from both American and British poets. This collection includes works by a host of notables such as, Christopher Marlowe, Shakespeare, John Donne, Ben Jonson, John Milton, William Blake, Robert Burns, Wordsworth, Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, John Keats, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edgar Allan Poe, Lord Tennyson, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Lewis Carroll, Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling, Yeats, Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dylan Thomas, and many, many more.

The poems are arranged chronologically, by authors birth date, and all the works by one author are presented in sequence. Following the name of each poet, is a short introduction to the poet and their work. To assist in finding the poem of your choice, the poems are indexed by both title and first line. This can be especially helpful when the title and first line seem unconnected, such as in John Keats immortal poem, Ode on a Grecian Urn. The first line of this remarkable poem is, "Thou still unravish'd bride of quietness..." The poems in this volume are all printed in a clear, dark type. The type size and layout of this large print books meets the standards for large print books laid out by the National Association for the Visually Handicapped. This is an excellent volume, both in regard to the printing and the content.

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