The Dragon Book of Verse
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The Dragon Book of Verse

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  42 ratings  ·  2 reviews
An anthology of verse which provides coverage of eight topics: childhood; creatures; landscapes; seascapes; people; mystery; war; reflections. Includes poems by Shakespeare, Lawrence and Emily Dickinson, accompanied by black and white illustrations.
Paperback, 272 pages
Published 2000 by Oxford University Press (first published July 14th 1977)
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I'm going to be hypercritical about this one for 3 reasons:

1) There is so much (good) poetry to choose from
2) It was written for children
3) It was published by Oxford

I can't be the only person who knew when I was being condescended to as a child. This collection has those poems -- instructional ones about bullying, playing with others, heroic poems about vanquishing French people, etc., but far worse is the whole grim sense of warning. It became especially noticeable browsing it one astonishing...more
There are few reasons why I gave this book 4 stars and these are original poems like: "We are going to see the rabbit", "Not waving but drowning" and "7 ways to kill a man" but you don't have to necessarily buy the book, just research them on the web, they are worth it.
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