Every Child Should Know
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treasure trove of more than two hundred poems, this gem of an anthology compiled by Mary E Burt is indeed a most valuable set of poems to read or listen to.
Published in 1904, Poems Every Child Should Knowcontains some well-loved verses like Thomas Gray'sElegy Written in a Country Churchyard, Lewis Carroll's delightful parodyFather William, Felicia Hemans' deeply-movingCasablancaand other favorites. It also has lesser-known but equally beautiful pieces like Henry Wadsworth Longfellow'sThe Arrow and The Song, Robert Browning'sThe Incident of the French Camp,Eugene Field's nonsense lyricsWynken, Blynken and Nod and a host of other wonderful verses.
For modern day children, unaccustomed to reading and memorizing poetry, the book is a throwback to the days when this was the norm in most classrooms and homes. Fragments from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, in which Mark Antony pays tribute to the dead Brutus, Polonius' advice to his son Laertes from Hamlet with the stirring lines, “This above all: to thine own self be true...” are some of the masterpieces contained here.
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