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The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Hardcover – September 14, 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
I have found such pleasure in sharing them with my family, I never knew that they would respond with such enthusiasm. I truely believe that these are the things which can bring a family closer. I am so jealous of the fact that my family didn't grow up in this fashion. I will make it a priority to teach my children these works, and let them explore all of the great wonders that are brought to life byh them. I want my family to appreciate what words truely mean.
As spoken by Mrs. Kennedy giving a poem is like giving a gift, always read only the greats, and know that poetry can take you so many wonderful places. This is not verbatim, but it is the sentiment that I have taken and shared with all.
I now cannot go to sleep without going through the adventures of these great works.
Thank you Caroline for all the attention you put into collecting such great master pieces.
Now, it is a definite possibility that someone is going to complain when they get this book--they will say that there is nothing new revealed about Jackie, and that nothing Caroline Kennedy says has any depth when discussing her mother. Yes, they are right--there is nothing new revealed here, but Caroline Kennedy is not the type of person who would write a tell-all-book in the first place. As she says, this book was written because her mother gave her family their love of poetry, and she wants to inspire others to develop their own love of poetry too.
As for the poems, they range from the Biblical to the very modern poets like e.e. cummings. The book is divided into 7 sections: America, First Poems, Adventure, Escape, Romance and Love, Reflection, and In Her Own Words.
Each section opens with an introduction by Caroline as to why her mother liked or was inspired by the poems, and some of the poems have footnotes explaining why they were particularly important to include in the book.
Another thing people will be bound to complain about is that all the poetry that JKO wrote that is included in this has been published before. But that is acknowledged by Caroline, and as she explains it--that were included to encourage people to write poetry of their own.
This book was very clearly designed in such a way to make you want to pick it up and read it on a cold, windy, rainy day...sitting around the fireside...Read more ›
The volume is also a short course in poetry, as it spans the centuries & includes works by such renowned authors as Langston Hughes, William Shakespeare, Homer, W.B. Yeats, Emily Dickinson, e.e. cummings, and Robert Frost.
Onassis' beloved poems reveal her in depth in a manner the newspapers could not, as a patriotic American, a loving bride, a thinker, a dreamer, an adventurer, a humorist, a poet, and perhaps most of all, a dedicated and loving mother.
Surely there is no better tribute to a mother than to have a loving child publish such a book.
Some of my favorite poems in this book are:
"Let America Be America Again" by Langston Hughes
"Sonnet XVIII" by William Shakespeare
"Sea Joy" by Jacqueline Bouvier - 1939
"Thoughts" by Jacqueline Bouvier - 1943
"Meanwhile in Massachusetts" by Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy - October 1953 (Inspired by "John Brown's Body" by Stephen Vincent Benet.)
Caroline Kennedy did an outstanding job in creating this collection. This is really a book to treasure, and would make a beautiful gift for anyone who loved one of our greatest First Ladies, as well as the fantastic contributors to this collection. Highly recommended!
C.S. Lewis suggested about poetry that it is less like literature today. Not so with Jacqueline's poems. The collection of poems was a story itself.
Caroline said that one of the greatest gifts she and her brother received from her mother was her love of literature and language. This book demonstrates that claim. You can sense the way she felt and who she was.
A special find was finding the page "Books I read when I was young." I loved her poems, "Sea Joy" and "Thoughts". This is a book that is indeed a treasure.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of my favorite poetry collections. Love the Kennedys taste in literature. It made me feel sentimental and proud of the things achieved by them in the 60's. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Julia B.
This is a sweet nostalgic but yet simple book.. Hard to imagine a woman of that sophistication would enjoy these poems. Read morePublished 8 months ago by dixie
My only complaint would be that I wish that there were even more poems to enjoy!Published 11 months ago by Sheila A Bevan
I read this every day since it arrived. Wonderful tiny book. It is great for children or adults. Nice that it has a built in bookmark ribbon. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sandy
Delighted with my purchase. The book arrived as described by the Seller and it arrived ahead of schedule. Couldn't be happier.Published 13 months ago by Norman Eng
I encountered this anthology in a library, and with skepticism, decided to peruse it’s pages. I’m so glad I did. Read morePublished 14 months ago by PhiloSophia
I love this book and the anthology by Jacqueline herself. They are both on my night stand.Published 17 months ago by Mary-Jean Butler