A CHILD'S TREASURY OF SEASIDE VERSE by Mark Daniel

A CHILD'S TREASURY OF SEASIDE VERSE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 In the manner of this anthologist's A Child's Treasury of Animal Verse (1989), etc., here are more than 70 poems--mostly from well-known 19th-century British poets--handsomely illustrated with contemporary paintings, engravings, and silhouettes. The poetry, much of it familiar, is of generally high quality (the mixture of Empire and the Victorian view of childhood provides a rich lode), though there are some unabashedly overblown passages (``Dimpled feet swift treading/The huge billow's track,/Rosy fingers flinging/Merry kisses back''). The artists are mostly less familiar, ranging from a real Turner and the Turneresque to romantic landscapes and some precursors of Norman Rockwell. The unusually attractive format and accessible inclusions like ``The Ballad of Sir Patrick Spens'' and bits of Carroll and Lear may lure unsuspecting readers into the pleasures of more demanding fare--Tennyson, Wordsworth, Shakespeare. Brief sketches of the 33 poets; list of the painters; index of first lines. (Poetry. 6+)

Pub Date: May 1st, 1991
ISBN: 0-8037-0889-0
Page count: 137pp
Publisher: Dial
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 1991




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