SINGING AMERICA by Neil Philip

SINGING AMERICA

Poems That Define A Nation
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Age Range: 10 - 14

KIRKUS REVIEW

 An astounding array of poems about the American identity, representing the events and attitudes that have helped shape a unique history, by the compiler of Fairy Tales from Eastern Europe (1991). War, race, injustice, the American language and landscape all inspire deeply felt emotions, from fierce patriotism to fiery outrage. ``The Battle Hymn of the Republic'' co-exists with e.e. cummings' ``heroic happy dead.'' Walt Whitman sings America, and Langston Hughes, Ezra Pound, and Allen Ginsberg sing Walt Whitman. There's John Greenleaf Whittier's brave ``Barbara Frietchie,'' and Ogden Nash's Barbara Frietchie, who ``. . .scratched/When she was itchy.'' The selections are diverse, incisive, and crisply written; some feature McCurdy's sturdy images, carved in black against the white page, more decoration than scenery, and mutely leaving readers to fall upon the poems with their own interpretations intact. In art and word, the America that emerges is compelling in all its contradictions. (further reading, indices of first lines, titles, subject, and poets) (Poetry. 10-14)

Pub Date: June 1st, 1995
ISBN: 0-670-86150-2
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 1995




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