This starts with Mother Goose and continues down through the sturdy favorites of British and American poetry. The author does not waste words on the inessential detail. After getting the basic dates and places out of the way, she goes on to a discussion of the family and environmental influences that shaped each poet's writing. Her comments on the various styles and subjects that characterized each one are always illustrated with an examination of a favorite selection. The biographies are not long but catch their subjects in memorable ways. There is the bleakness of Blake's boyhood, the loneliness behind Lear's nonsense and Carl Sandburg writing in a new kind of American voice. Each biography contains a bibliography of the poet's work. Altogether, an excellent source of reference at this age level and a book for pleasurable, informative browsing.