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The Golden Treasury of the Best Songs and Lyrical Poems in the English Language
In the 1860s, Francis Turner Palgrave set out to collect the finest English lyrical poems in one volume. What he created was The Golden Treasury, an instant classic of verse anthologies. Over the last century, it has withstood the test of time as an immensely popular collection--becoming virtually synonymous with English verse for generations of readers.
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Paperback, 720 pages
Published July 18th 1996 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published 1861)
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My own copy is a well worn red hardcover published in the 1940's, bearing my first scribbles over the drawings. It is the first book I remember in my life, hence the nostalgic 5 star rating. I drew in it as a toddler and haltingly made out words as I learned them (I was a freakishly early reader, words seemed my natural place on this earth and gave me great solace. It was therefore a shock to find myself in postwar Japan at age 6, unable to even understand what the symbols..apparently letters... ...more
When I was in junior high I somehow acquired a paperback copy of Palgrave's Golden Treasury. It was dizzyng to have so much fine poety in so small a book. I took it all sorts of places, including Girl Scout Camp (though we were only allowed one duffle back each for two weeks' camping on the ground without even tents), family vactions, and eventually to college. . . .
This is my favorite collection of poetry. As a child, my mother and I would read and analyze selected poems from this collection--not only did we bond, but I learned that poetry was fun! This book was her text as a student in India. When I graduated from high school, she gave me my own copy, found at a garage sale.