Recently purchased ‘A treasury of poetry for young people’ in the hope of inspiring a love of poetry in my offspring. There is a selection of poetry from Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allen Poe, Walt Whitman, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

The book is packed full of the most beautiful illustrations, specifically commissioned for the project. Artists include Jim Burke, Chad Wallace, Carolynn Cobleigh, Chi Chung, Henri Sorensen and Steve Arcella.

Each poet is introduced over a couple of pages and each poem has brief explanatory notes and obscure words are defined. This makes it ideal for the younger reader or for those new to poetry. As I fall into the latter category, I learned a great deal – haha.

The standout for me is the section on Edgar Allen Poe. What a life – talk about depressing – but can he write! I just love all that black and scary stuff. His poem ‘the bells’ is amazing. Carl Sandburg was also a favourite.

So far the kids haven’t even looked twice at the book, but we live in hope.

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A Treasury of Poetry for Young People. Edited by Frances Schoonmaker Bolin, Gary D Schmidt, Brod Bagert, Jonathan Levin. Illustrated by Jim Burke, Chad Wallace, Carolynn Cobleigh, Chi Chung, Henri Sorensen and Steve Arcella. Sterling Publishing Company, Inc, New York.