Presented in picture book format, this unfocused collection of poems and extracts from this 19th-century poet gathers up a...

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POETRY FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Presented in picture book format, this unfocused collection of poems and extracts from this 19th-century poet gathers up a few chestnuts, but also (unintentionally and unjustly) suggests ample reason to avoid the rest of his oeuvre. Preceded by a dense introduction, the more accessible selections—"The Arrow and the Song," the ever-charming "Children's Hour," and the wonderfully lurid "Wreck of The Hesperus"—are scattered gems among such deadening material as "Woods In Winter" ("with solemn feet I tread the hill,/That overbrows the lonely vale"), "A Psalm Of Life," and "Hymn To The Night" ("Peace! Peace! Orestes-like I breathe this prayer!"). In addition, "Evangeline" is represented by a mere six lines, and even "Paul Revere's Ride" is incomplete. Painting in a realistic style, Wallace shows more facility depicting landscapes than people. Even though Longfellow's famous poems are readily available elsewhere, few readers—after plowing through this uninspired handful—will feel an urge to read more. (Poetry. 9-14)

Pub Date: March 1, 1999

ISBN: ---

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Sterling

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 1999