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101 Famous Poems [Hardcover]

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May 9, 2003 0071419306 978-0071419307 1

Fully indexed by title, author, and first line, this much-loved collection, in print since 1916, is a wide-ranging collection of the best-known English language poets, from William Shakespeare Robert Frost, from Percy Bysshe Shelley to Edna St. Vincent Millay.

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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

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (May 9, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071419306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071419307
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 4.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a favorite from waaaay back! July 2, 2006
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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old but gold and gets better with age. February 23, 1999
By A Customer
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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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid old standard October 9, 1999
By A Customer
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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 101 best things to read to your child(ren) December 16, 2003
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
5.0 out of 5 stars A treat for yourself or a special friend! February 8, 1999
By A Customer
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia at its Finest December 19, 2000
By A Customer
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best collections of poetry ever! March 14, 2007
101 Famous Poems is a book that I come to time and time again to read aloud and memorize great poetry. I was never very interested in poetry until one of my siblings made the comment, "Poe's 'The Raven' still creeps me out." and then, I just HAD to read 'The Raven'. And guess what? now I can hardly keep my nose out of this book! The collection of famous speeches and poems in 101 Famous Poems is unlike any other that I have ever found. Every person should have their own copy of this book. And if you don't, you're missin' out bud!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent choice of poems April 10, 1999
By A Customer
I read this book as a child 40 years ago. The poems in this book are timeless classics. I look forward to sharing them with my own children.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love It
This little anthology of poetry was much better than I expected. It has become an important, often used, reference in my poetry library. This is an amazing little piece of work. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shawn McAllister
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book
If you like poetry this is a great book to have, here is an exercise I recommend read a poem daily.
Published 1 month ago by Chris28c
5.0 out of 5 stars I Needed, I Ordered, It Arrive
I love the ease at which I can have a need or desire and within a few days what I want comes to my door. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nancy Simpson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love
This is a poem book that my father and I would read together when I was a child (7-10) and it brings back sweet memories.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book of poetry
A wonderful compilations of old and dear poems. I enjoy reading it on a daily basis. I especially like the poet's photographs!
Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth A. Lane
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood memories
My mother read these poems to us when we were children I always loved them and was very happy to find the poems republished.
Published 3 months ago by Titania
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book of Poems
This book has a good selection of great poems by some all time wonderful poets. The list of poets go on and on, I couldn't believe how many were in this book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Diane
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
I received this same book as a birthday present when I was a teenager. I purchased this copy for my grandson who just became a teenager. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Welfert L. Bynum
5.0 out of 5 stars Childhood Memories
I ordered this for my mother who had one when she was young. It was prepared for shipping with great care and arrived without one scratch or fold. Read more
Published 5 months ago by nafer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great service & great book
The book arrived quickly & in perfect condition. There is quite a variety of poems from sad to historic to inspiring - all I've read so far have been wonderful.
Published 6 months ago by Joan Christopher
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