From Chaucer to Frost, with the expert Untermeyer selecting one or two from each era, identifying the stylistic distinctions, their various themes, the influencing factors in the lives of the poets that are reflected in their works. Mr. Untermeyer keeps the biographies and his commentaries short, quotes from each poet at length and has chosen the titles for further reading--a list to build and teach (or learn) from. The essays read swiftly, they're a freshener for adults and the sort of questions young people ask are taken care of. Although it may seem impossible on reflection, there is more than one text or poetry book especially prepared for younger readers each year which fails to explain why Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnets from the Portugese are called that, the nature of the gossip about Byron, or Poe's addiction to alcohol or drugs. It all adds to the fascination of the study of their work and, without sensationalizing, Mr. Untermeyer got it all in.