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Poetry Out Loud
Introduction by James Earl Jones. Now in paperback, here are over 100 lyrics, limericks, clerihews, ballads, raps, and other poems--famous and infamous, celebrated and obscure--that come alive when read aloud. Accompanying each poem are notes, introductions to basic poetic terms, and hints on reading them aloud. James Earl Jones, one of America's greatest living actors, in ...more
Published January 11th 1995 by Algonquin Books
(first published 1993)
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The cover of this book really caught my attention. The guy is performing poetry for his dog. I also like the quote on the cover. It says, "Read to your love, dramatize for your children, perform at a party, or sing in the shower." Poetry is something that intimidates me a little bit, but this quote made me smile and realize that there is so much more to poetry.
I liked it okay, and there were certain poems I superliked, such as "The Trees" by Larkin and "Concord" by Robert Lowell and "Devolution of the Nude" by Lynee McMahon. However, I didn't like as much as I thought I would. I think if I was just starting out with poetry or I taught it, I might care more. But alas, no. So, ennnhh.