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THE BAREFOOT BOOK OF CLASSIC POEMS by Jackie Morris Kirkus Star

THE BAREFOOT BOOK OF CLASSIC POEMS

By Jackie Morris (Adaptor) , Jackie Morris (Illustrator)

Age Range: 10 - 12

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 1-905236-56-5
Publisher: Barefoot

Stately figures and scenes in luminous colors provide rich backdrops for 74 English poems selected as much for their sonorous language as for their familiarity. Morris arranges her choices in, by and large, organic order, opening with Kathleen Raines’ mesmerizing “Spell of Creation,” closing with Tennyson’s “Poet’s Song,” and in between, letting Blake, Shakespeare and Byron, Poe and Elizabeth Barrett Browning rub shoulders with the likes of Eleanor Farjeon and Walter de la Mare, Auden and Yeats with Ogden Nash and Rachel Field. Aside from a startlingly bloodthirsty ballad by Thomas Love Peacock, the entries are eloquent observations that range in tone from reverent to droll, on growing, loving, seeing beneath surfaces and living in the world. Animals put in appearances too, from Blake’s Tyger to Milne’s “Furry Bear.” Extending even to the endpapers, the flood of words and images in this sumptuous volume creates an uplifting experience for the eye and ear both. An ideal collection to give or to share. (indexes) (Poetry. 10-12, adult)