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Poems Every Child Should Know

Mary E. Burt

Book Overview: 

This anthology of poetry contains such favorites as The Raven, My Shadow, and The Village Blacksmith, as well as many lovely poems that may be unfamiliar. Most of the poems in this collection are short enough for children to memorize.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .A film the mother-eagle's eye
When her bruised eaglet breathes;
"You're wounded!" "Nay," the soldier's pride
Touched to the quick, he said:
"I'm killed, Sire!" And his chief beside,
Smiling the boy fell dead.

Robert Browning.

Robert of Lincoln.

"Robert of Lincoln," by William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878), is one of the finest bird poems ever written. It finds a place here because I have seen it used effectively as a memory gem in the Cook County Normal School (Colonel Parker's school), year after year, and because my own pupils invariably like to commit it to memory. With the child of six to the student of twenty years it stands a source of delight.

Merrily swinging on brier and weed,
Near to the nest of his little dame,
Over the mountain-side or mead,
Robert of Lincoln is telling his name.
Bob-o'-link, bob-o'-link,
Spink, spank, spink,
Snug and safe is t. . . Read More

Community Reviews

These are poems that children might have been familiar with (and/or learned for recitation) in the early 1900's. Most of the authors were familiar to me but very few of the poems did I hear in school, even 50 years ago. Good overview of poetry -- especially poems for boys up to that time. Read th...more

Me rindo, no puedo terminarlo como audiolibro: la voz de la lectora produce en mí una intensa sensación de sopor. No importa dónde esté o qué hora sea... acabo siempre cabeceando.

Exhaustive and a wonderful compilation , many of the poems included here were ones I read in my childhood , according it nostalgic partiality , but some new ones that I discovered like " The Arrow and the Song " - H.W. Longfellow , " How the Leaves came down "-Susan Coolidge , " The Violet"-Jane...more

قصائد من الأدب الإنجليزي، قديمة في عمرها لكن متجدده في لسان كل الأطفال الذين يرددونها : )

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A truly good collection of poems; more hits than misses. Divided into several categories. What makes it different and better than most collections are the notes that precede nearly all the poems. This gives some context plus occasionally interesting trivia that makes the reader look forward to th...more

Published at the turn of the 20th century - short poems of memorizing length of interest to children.
With nice introductions to each one and why they appeal.

Different poems than usually in books. We enjoyed it as a HomeSchool book.