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Poetry for Young People: Robert Browning Hardcover – June 30, 2001

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: Poetry For Young People
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; annotated edition edition (June 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806955430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806955438
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 9.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Two additions to the Poetry for Young People series include Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. by Frances Schoonmaker, illus. by Chad Wallace, and Robert Browning, ed. by Eileen Gillooly, illus. by Joel Spector. Both follow the format of previous titles, beginning with a brief biography and incorporating a generous sampling of the poet's works. The first volume features an excerpt from Longfellow's "The Song of Hiawatha" and his complete "Paul Revere's Ride." Browning's "My Last Duchess" and his relationship to his wife, poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning, gain attention in the latter volume.

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From School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up-To say, as Gillooly does in her succinct introduction, that "Robert Browning is one of the most beloved English poets-and one of the most difficult to read" is an understatement. She does a remarkable job, however, of selecting the most accessible poems. The opening piece, lines from "Pippa Passes," is wisely chosen for its clarity and renown: "God's in his heaven-/All's right with the world!" It is followed by excerpts from "The Pied Piper of Hamelin: A Child's Story," which has an image-rich, familiar story line. Most of the remaining poems may be challenging to independent readers, given their obscure references and 19th-century English, but Gillooly's clear introductions to each one give valuable assistance in understanding them. For example, she urges readers to picture Browning at 22, when he traveled as a diplomatic secretary to Russia, "galloping from city to city in a horse-drawn carriage. The rapid, constant movement of the horses sank deeply into his memory and imagination," as they can see in "Through the Metidja to Abd-el-Kadr." The presentation of each poem includes explanations of words and references that might be unfamiliar today. Throughout, Spector's spectacular, energy-filled paintings further illuminate the meanings of the poetry, providing historical details and defining settings visually. This is a fine introduction to the poetry of Browning, and in the hands of an astute teacher or parent, it can greatly increase an older student's appreciation for classical literature.

Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on November 5, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I cannot think of a better way to introduce the poetry of Robert Browning than this small volume. The selection is excellent and of interest you the young reader. The commentary is quite relevant as are the pictures which accompany it. I find that often now, our young people go all the way through the early grades in school and many of them have never heard of Browning, much less read his poetry. This was the sort of stuff my generation and the generation before it grew up on and cut our teeth on. I do not feel I am any worse for the wear. I am fearful that we are bringing up an entire generation (rightfully or wrong, although I feel it is the later) of young folks who will have no appreciation to this great art form and will miss a lot. This book helps. This entire series helps, as a matter of fact and I certainly recommend you add this one and the others to your library. Actually, it is rather fun reading these with the young folk and then talking about them. Not only do you get to enjoy the work your self and perhaps bring back some great memories, but you have the opportunity to interact with your child or student. It is actually rather surprising what some of the kids come up with. I read these to my grandchildren and to the kids in my classes at school. For the most part, when I really get to discussing the work with them, they enjoy it. Recommend this one highly.
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Disappointing. The poems are unacceptably abridged. The illustrations are ok; though not as inviting as the cover. The introduction is well meaning but not well written. The quality of the paper and binding is very sturdy. The editors could have chosen fewere poems and presented them in full. There are many other choices for Browning and I would look for complete poems; especially the Pied Piper of Hamelin.
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