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- Print Length: 508 pages
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- Publisher: Elsinore Books (August 2, 2014)
- Publication Date: August 2, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00MDFG7HA
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,230 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Best of Poetry: Thoughts that Breathe and Words that Burn: In Two Hundred Poems Kindle Edition
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The fourteen themes that create the organizational schema for the book are: 1.) rapture: words that burn, 2.) a door opens; a door closes, 3.) love, 4.) humor & curiosities, 5.) memory, 6.) nature, 7.) tales & songs, 8.) solitude, 9.) contemplation, 10.) mystery & enigma, 11.) parting & sorrow, 12.) animals, 13.) inspiration, and 14.) cities. Then there are a couple bonus poems each attached to both the introduction and the epilogue.
As mentioned, the poets are mostly household names of English-language poetry, including: Emily Dickenson, Walt Whitman, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, William Blake, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Keats, W.B. Yeats, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Thomas Hardy, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Carl Sandburg, T.S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, Shakespeare, Lord Byron, Ben Johnson, Lewis Carroll, Oliver Wendell Holmes, William Wordsworth, A. E. Housman, Edgar Allen Poe, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and Robert Frost. There are some names that are less than household names, but none that are obscure to poetry aficionados.
Again, many of the poems are well-known. Some of them are fragments of long poems, but most are stand-alone works. Examples of some of the standards include: “Chicago” by Sandburg, “If” by Kipling, “The Road Not Taken” by Frost, “Let My Country Awake” by Tagore, “The Tiger” by Blake, “The Raven” by Poe, “Kubla Khan” by Coleridge, “The Daffodils” by Wordsworth, “The Jabberwocky” by Carroll, “She Walks in Beauty” by Byron, and “There Is No Frigate Like a Book” by Dickinson.
Note: this is the first volume of what will at least be a 2-volume set.
I enjoyed this collection. I’d read most of these poems before, but the vast majority deserve re-reading and re-reading again. I’d recommend it for poetry lovers.
The formatting is excellent and easy to read on the Kindle, which I know was a lot of work. Thanks and kudos to the authors for compiling this treasure of a book.
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There are a few fragments here where we are not given the entire poem, and there is a speech from Hamlet, but in the main you do have whole poems here, and apart from a mere handful being translated into English the majority are original English language poems.
As you can see there is a wide selection of poems here some you will be very familiar with, others you will remember having read years ago, and yet again others that you have probably never come across before. There is a fully active table of contents here which is always a plus, and so if you want to go to a particular poem it is a doddle. As some of the poetry herein is nonsense verse and some which children will enjoy you do have the chance to entertain your children and make them laugh. In all this is a well produced and well thought out poetry anthology that should give pleasure to many people.
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These are some of the best poems in English language