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She Walks in Beauty: A Woman's Journey Through Poems Hardcover – April 5, 2011
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When Caroline Kennedy was a little girl, her mother, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, read poetry to her. I remember from her book The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis that this is where Caroline first began to appreciate poetry.
That deep appreciation for poetry has now translated into an amazing collection of works by many accomplished poets including Anne Sexton, Edna St. Vincent Millay, W.B. Yeats, Rumi, Sylvia Plath, Sappho, Shakespeare, and my personal favorite Mary Oliver--as well as many more.
Some of the poetry will be familiar to readers, some not. Some of the poets will be familiar, some not. Some are traditional, some are very modern. And, if you are already fond of poetry, I'd wager a guess that you're sure to find at least one that can be called "one of your favorites." For me, the absolute best treat was to find, in the "How To Live" section, my very favorite poem--one that I carry with me wherever I go: Mary Oliver's "The Journey." Which one will you choose as your favorite from the collection?
Kennedy has brought together nearly two hundred poems that speak to many of the milestones in every woman's life. Each section is prefaced with a short musing by Kennedy about the theme. What is apparent in all of them is that she is keenly aware of the differences and the common threads that make the collection and this book a perfect one for any and all women.
In her Introduction, Caroline Kennedy shares that each of three friends gave her a poem when she turned fifty. She hung on to them and shared them when it seemed appropriate to do so.Read more ›
On the whole, it was a satisfactory read, but I wouldn't have purchased it had it not been a book club selection. The poems are quite accessible, so it was a good introduction to poetry (and a nice change of pace for our book club), but for a poetry lover, it tread heavily on well worn ground.
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I love poetry and have a collection of poetry books. Some are antiques that belonged to my great-grandmother. Some are tomes I studied in college. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Catherine Lawton
I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of words. Read and enjoy! Used many to reflect on every day. Especially love and frienship.Published 6 months ago by tesser10
I nearly did not buy this collection of poems - I have issues with publisher's exploiting celebrity names to sell books (and the Kennedy name is about as "celebrity" as you... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Judy Croome
This is a lovely collection of poems that I turn to often. I've given it to many friends and to my daughters as a gift as well.Published 9 months ago by Jacqueline
Everything about this book was perfect. The separating poems by life stages and ideas, the eclectic mix of the poems themselves, the variety of styles. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Barbara J. Forrest