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Poetry for Young People: Walt Whitman Paperback – April 1, 2008
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Levin has judiciously selected some of Whitman's most memorable poems, and thoughtfully gives definitions of potentially unfamiliar words ("Pleiades," "hieroglyphic," etc.) at the bottom of each page. A five page biography of Whitman at the start of the book is another useful touch. Many of Burke's full-color visuals are stunning, and stand on their own as admirable pieces of art. Particularly memorable are the illustrations which accompany Whitman's address to a locomotive and his compassionate description of a slave's body at auction. "Walt Whitman: Poetry for Young People" is a fine book to share with its target audience.
I bought the book by William Blake and that one is excellent! But of the Whitman poems, they are a very tough read, and only 1 poem in here rhymes.
That one poem is Oh Captain My Captain, and that is a great poem! The rest though, is tough reading. Here's some lines from a Whitman train poem:
'Thee in the driving storm even as now, the snow, the winter-day declining,
Thee in thy panoply, thy measur'd dual throbbing and thy beat convulsive,
Thy black cylindric body, golden brass and silvery steel,
Thy ponderous side-bars, parallel and connecting rods, gyrating, shuttling at thy sides,'
The book itself is a very nice product, with good pictures and details of his life, and short descriptions of the poems.
I want may son to memorize a few poems, and 'Oh Captain My Captain' fits the bill perfectly. However you can get all these poems off the internet, and I personally didn't enjoy any other of Whitman's poems (I Hear America Singing is ok). I'm looking more for poems like the Snowy Woods poem by Frost or 'Casey at the Bat', 'The Tyger',etc, that 9 year olds can really get into.
If this book was entitled 'A Beginners Guide to Whitman', that would be more accurate and I wouldn't have been so dissapointed. But if you want something for younger kids, get the excellent William Blake, and maybe try one of the many other books in the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased as much for the illustrations as the poetry. Not disappointed.Published 15 months ago by Ben Holberg
I purchased this book for a Charter School and the kids loved it!! The book arrived in very good condition and it arrived before I even expected it!!Published 23 months ago by Cheri King
Got this book for the Boy Scout reading badge selection and am pleased with its layout and the promptness in which it came.Published on January 8, 2011 by KT