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101 Famous Poems Hardcover – May 30, 2003

ISBN-13: 063-9785413967 ISBN-10: 0071419306 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (May 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071419306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071419307
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

An inspirational collection of masterpieces from the world's greatest poets

Poetry has the power to give us strength, inspiration, and hope, helping us to make meaning from our hectic lives and giving us the opportunity to appreciate new ways of thinking about universal themes and observations. Whether you are a newcomer to poetry or a lifelong lover of verse, in this indispensable compilation you will find the greatest poems of all time, powerful words that have delighted and inspired generations of readers--words that are sure to inspire you today.

In this portable volume, William Wordsworth wanders "lonely as a cloud" to gaze blissfully at a crowd of daffodils, Percy Bysshe Shelley pronounces his profound "Ode to the West Wind," Edgar Allan Poe quotes the raven, "Nevermore," and William Shakespeare is consumed by love in "That Time of Year." Replete with timeless masterpieces, this keepsake includes such American classics as "Paul Revere's Ride" and "Hiawatha's Childhood" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; "Concord Hymn" by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and "God Save the Flag" by Oliver Wendell Holmes. For nature lovers (and city dwellers longing for an escape), there is Shelley's blithe skylark, Robert Frost's mending wall, and Joyce Kilmer's unforgettably lovely trees. In addition to the poems, the collection also contains a special selection of popular prose, including the Gettysburg Address, the Ten Commandments, the Declaration of Independence, and the full text of Patrick Henry's famous "give me liberty or give me death" speech.

The pleasures of poetry are many, and the masterpieces in this volume are sure to enrich and encourage. So take a break from the rush and noise of life, find a quiet spot, and lose yourself between these pages.

Poetry has long been called upon to enrich and inspire our lives, especially in moments of stress. If you are one of those souls in these noise-tired times who longs for a little peace and quiet, a stolen moment of contemplation, this volume is sure to offer you respite. Whether you are on the subway, in the grocery line, or on the elevator, this portable collection is your perfect companion. Whether you're an avid consumer or a newcomer to poetry, you're sure to discover verses to cherish among these unforgettable works that continue to inspire the lives of so many.

The Authors:

Alexander Anderson • Elizabeth Barret Browning • Robert Browning • Robert Burns • John Burroughs • Lord Byron • Edmund Vance Cooke • Emily Dickinson • George Eliot • Ralph Waldo Emerson • Eugene Field • Robert Frost • Thomas Gray • Patrick Henry • Oliver Wendell Holmes • John James Ingalls • King John • John Keats • Rudyard Kipling • Abraham Lincoln • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow • Edna St. Vincent Millay • John Milton • Alfred Noyes • Edgar Allan Poe • Carl Sandburg • Sir Walter Scott • William Shakespeare • Percy Bysshe Shelley • Frank L. Stanton • Robert Louis Stevenson • Alfred Tennyson • Walt Whitman • John Greenleaf Whittier • William Wordsworth

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McGraw-Hill authors represent the leading experts in their fields and are dedicated to improving the lives, careers, and interests of readers worldwide

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She was VERY happy to receive this book from her past!
nafer
If you like poetry this is a great book to have, here is an exercise I recommend read a poem daily.
Chris28c
I grew up reading my mother's copy of this book which had been given to her as a gift.
Eleanor J. Roberts

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By MERRIBETH NORD on July 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Wow. I have an edition of this on my bookshelf that once belonged to my grandmother, who died in 1927, when my father was only four. I used to love reading and memorizing these poems... Out to Old Aunt Mary's and Little Boy Blue made me cry every time. I'd gather all the neighborhood children in the back of my Dad's truck camper in the 1960s and read, with great, dark drama, "I... have a renn-dezz-vooz with DEATH!" I'm sure all my old pals have strong feelings about poetry to this day!

Now I have learned how properly to pronounce "rendezvous," but I've lost my audience, so now I read the book to myself just for the enjoyment of those wonderful thoughts so beautifully crafted.

My dad had a poem to recite for any occasion. I'm sure that when he was a child, he, too, found his mother's book and began memorizing.

I suggest you buy a copy to put on your shelf where your own 8 year olds can find it. You might just hear them reading it to their own friends in great dramatic fashion. Great poetry is timeless.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is an old anthology which I have read and treasured since I was a child. I don't know where the volume I fell in love with came from, only that it was very old, and barely holding together at the time and a great deal of the authors were still alive at the time. I was ecstatic to find a new paperback edition when I was in my early twenties and now I am replacing it with a hardback edition. I love every poem in there and believe that this one book began a lifelong love of poetry that continues now and in the future. You simply cannot go wrong in purchasing this book if you have a love for poetry or simply a new interest in it. It will start you on a rewarding reading pleasure no matter how vague your interest. The price is right, the material is priceless. Happy reading.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 1999
Format: Hardcover
My father had an old copy of this book that he read as a child. He loved to read his favorites from this book, or simply recite them from memory. They are classic rhyming poems. Another favorite book of mine is "Poetry for a Lifetime", a beautiful volume which includes a number of these poems, including "Plant a Tree" and "Home". It has a much larger number of poems and is illustrated and has comments from the editor. I highly recommend both books.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Wisconsin Pam on December 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Some of my fondest childhood memories were created when my father read various poems from this book to me instead of Grimm's fairy tales. the experiences have instilled a tremendous love of the arts and poetry because of this experience. Poems such as, 'the Duel', 'Little Boy Blue', 'Trees', 'the Children's Hour' tell such great and fun stories that every library, young and old, should have this. It's also been a favorite gift for years.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Linda J. Schiller-Hanna VINE VOICE on October 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My Dad was old-fashioned. He quoted poetry a lot. In the car,
by the campfire, at almost any excuse. He gave me this book for
my 12th birthday. It is full of favorites, many of which I
memorized.
I have written poetry and song lyrics. I value poetry, and
some of the richest connections I have to my Dad are through
poetry.
If you're a parent...why not give this book to your kids?
"By the shores of Gitchee Goomie" (spelling is wrong I'm sure)
"I think that I shall never see, a poem lovely as a tree"
"Just before Christmas I'm as Good as I can Be"
"Four Score and Seven Years Ago"
"Quoth the Raven, Nevermore"
"O Captain, My Captain"
"Out to Old Aunt Mary's"
"The Gingham Dog and the Calico Cat"
"I wandered lonely as a cloud"
They are timeless classics. If you don't feed your kids
mind with good stuff, it will all be television pap.
The choice is yours. Be like my Dad and set a good example.
I don't have any kids, but I've given this to my neice.
She graduated in the top of her class last year.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 1999
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I first became acquainted with this slim volume in seventh grade when I asked my teacher where she found the poetry that we were to memorize. That was in 1942 and it was an "old" collection then. I borrowed my teacher's book and was introduced to a whole world of philosophy in an art form. I soon acquired my own copy and it has never been far from my reach. I can always find something new and rewarding when I open this volume. Times change; needs change; viewpoints change; yet the selections presented seem forever applicable to our society. There is always a place for beauty and serenity and this volume is the place I most frequently find it. This collection is number one on my list of what to give someone special. I am ordering it now for my granddaughter's first grade teacher.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 19, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This was my Dad's poetry text at college in the thirties. Every Christmas during his life he would read the 'holiday' poems to our family. I have carried on the tradition for my children and grandchildren and each year they await the reading of 'Bairnies Coodle Doon' and 'Jes for Christmas', two wonderful stories that bring forward the lives of children of a hundred years ago. If tradition is important to you and if you want to introduce your family to poetry as America knew it for the first 200 years, this collection if highly recommended.
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