She Walks in Beauty: A Woman's Journey Through Poems
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She Walks in Beauty: A Woman's Journey Through Poems

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In She Walks in Beauty, Caroline Kennedy has once again marshaled the gifts of our greatest poets to pay a very personal tribute to the human experience, this time to the complex and fascinating subject of womanhood. Inspired by her own reflections on more than fifty years of life as a young girl, a woman, a wife, and a mother, She Walks in Beauty draws on poetry's eloquen...more
Hardcover, 332 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Hyperion
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I first heard about this book when I watched Caroline Kennedy mix it up, poetry-wise, with Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report. Intrigued, I was glad to see the book appear on the new book shelves at my local library. Checked it out and loved it. Caroline Kennedy edited this book and wrote the introductions for each of the sections of poems. Included in this volume are poems about the various phases of women's lives--Falling in Love, Breaking Up, Marriage, Work, Motherhood, Friendship, Growing...more
What a delightful book! I'm not into poetry and would never have chosen to read this book if my book discussion group had not selected it. I almost always buy our book club selections, but I didn't want to spend $25 for this one so I got it a few days ago from the public library. I thought I would read Caroline's comments and read a few of the poems, but I read the entire book in almost one sitting.

For people of a certain age, Caroline seems like one of our children. I was in high school when he...more
Abby Lyn
This collection of poems celebrating womanhood has surprised me, since I am not particularly enamoured of either the Kennedys or of the artform of poetry in general. This is a lovely balance of Biblical, classic and modern poems, of lines that are familiar ("I love you, not only for what you are, but for what I am when I am with you") and those that were not but struck me all the same ("Are those your children? Yes."). It has poems after my own heart, from an ode to the sexy red dress, to a trib...more
possibly my favorite book passage ever:
"When I was younger, I thought my task was to forge ahead and succeed as an individual. But growing older has helped me realize that our success lies in our relationships - with the family we are born into, the friends we make, the people we fall in love with, and the children we have. Sometimes we struggle, sometimes we adapt, and at other times we set a course for others to follow. We are all leaders and followers in our lives. We are constantly learning...more
Don ツ
Bagi saya, kebolehan untuk membaca sebuah puisi tak kira dalam bahasa apa pun adalah sesuatu yang luarbiasa. Saya suka baca puisi tapi saya tak tahu 'membaca' puisi. Bukan semua puisi yang saya baca itu boleh saya kategorikan dalam bahan bacaan, sebabnya pemahaman tentang puisi itu sendiri. Mengakui, saya rakyat jelata yang 'buta sastera' (baik Melayu apatah lagi Inggeris)

Apa yang saya boleh katakan 'She Walks in Beauty' ini adalah antologi puisi Inggeris lama dan baru yang sangat tepat dengan j...more
Lisa N
A collection of poems compiled by Caroline Kennedy based on the stages of a woman’s life. I liked the layout of this book. She begins each section with some personal reflections that I really enjoyed. This is a very diverse collection with classics from Shakespeare, the Bible, etc., as well as many contemporary selections.

Kennedy started this project around the time she turned 50. She said, “Reading poems can help bring clarity and insight to emotions that can be confusing or contradictory.” Be...more
I would have given this book one and a half stars, but just before the end, I found "Love" by Roy Croft included in the poems. My husband and I had Croft's poem read at our wedding, along with "The Love Chapter in Corinthians" which is also in this book. Croft's "Love" is the single best description of the way two people in love should feel about each other. Every time I read "Love" I am reminded of that old adage about marriage, "Be friends first." It is so true!
Kennedy compiled poems that she...more
I'll admit that I felt sheepish buying this book. I mean, I saw it in an Anthropologie store; it's subtitled, "A woman's journey through poems" (does it get more mawkish than that?); and the art design is just gorgeous throughout (beautiful paper, images, etc). Everything about this book was designed to appeal to me, like a flower does to a bee, and although my stubborn instinct was to resist, I could tell there was something of substance inside.

SO--I'm proud to say that at the age of 32, I fina...more
Nov 19, 2013 Carmen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: poetry
This is a collection of poems from Caroline Kennedy. Each 'chapter' includes an introduction by her, and then a smattering of poems covering a single topic. They are: Falling in Love; Making Love; Breaking Up; Marriage; Love Itself; Work; Beauty, Clothes and Things of This World; Motherhood; Silence and Solitude; Growing Up and Growing Old; Death and Grief; Friendship; and How to Live. It was a very good collection of poems. Some were familiar classics, and some I had never heard before. All wer...more
Barbara P
I have always been intrigued with Jacqueline Kennedy, the wife of President Jack Kennedy and mother of Caroline Kennedy (author of this book). In this book Kennedy draws on poetry's eloquent wisdom to ponder the many joys and challenges of being a woman. The chapters are about love, falling in love, growing old, friendships, family, work, etc.

Reading these poems brought me to a reflective and contemplative place to simply take in the beauty of these poems, the thoughts, the laughter and sadness,...more
Aug 02, 2011 Tessa marked it as to-read
Today I received a book that I had won on a Goodreads giveaway. The publishing company sent a copy of "She Walks In Beauty" along with the book that I won. As I was only expecting the book that I won, it was a big surprise to find this one also in the box. It sounds wonderful and I'm very excited to have received it. So here is a big THANK YOU to the publishing company for the extra surprise.
Poems about love and life. Not many familiar to me in the newer poets. Probably because I don't read much poetry. I do like 'Madam and Her Madam' by Langston Hughes.

Sections of the book:
Falling in Love, Making Love (some rather steamy), Breaking Up, Marriage, Work, Beauty, Clothing, Things of the World, Silence and Solitude, Growing Up and Growing Old, Friendship, How to Live.
Mary Scott
What a treat to read poetry again!! A nicely curated (um, edited?) collection - I really enjoyed that the poems are arranged thematically and they were from multiple time-periods. A nice book to flip through ocassionally for a little reflective me-time.
Amanda Kay
Aug 02, 2011 Amanda Kay marked it as to-read
I recieved this book as a surprise when i got a book i won from goodreads. i wasn't expecting this book at all so a thanks to the company who sent it out. i can't wait to read this!
I love anything Caroline Kennedy does. This collection of poems does not disappoint. I will probably read it over and over again. It is poignant, fun, thought-provoking.
This was a well put together anthology of poetry, chronicling the phases in a woman's life. Each grouping of poems (Falling in Love, Making Love, Marriage, Breaking Up, Love Itself, Work, Beauty, Motherhood, Growing Old, etc.) has an introduction that is basically a short essay by Caroline Kennedy. Certainly, you can pick up on some of her favorite poets who make repeat appearances through the sections, including Elizabeth Bishop and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, although not all the poets are wom...more
TheRLPL Rice Lake Public Library
Page Turner's met July 12th to discuss Caroline Kennedy's She Walks in Beauty Overall Review was a 4 Rating out of possible 5.
Individual Reviews are as follows:

“I liked the poems that were straight forward with little or no metaphors. Good
narrative was interesting.”
Favorite poem : Bra Shopping by Parneshia Jones

4 / 5
“I liked the variety in style and topics. The anthology was well arranged.”
Favorite poem : September, 1918 by Amy Lowell

4 / 5
“I liked how each section was organized by a theme, e...more
Poetry divided into the following sections: falling in love; making love; breaking up; marriage; love itself; work; beauty, clothes, and things of this world; motherhood; silence and solitude; growing up and growing old; death and grief; friendship; how to live.

Each section is introduced by Caroline Kennedy, usually in about 1-3 pages. While her sentiments were nicely written and I read them all, I was more in it for the actual poetry.

And poetry I read. A really beautiful assortment, a good mix...more
I found this book to be quite enchanting. I especially liked the editing of the book; how the poems were broken up into sections of life... marriage, work, growing up, etc. It made it easy to open the book and find some encouraging words. There were some beauties in here for sure... classical, Biblical, modern... I liked having them all in one volume. I was very pleased to see "I am my beloved" from Song of Songs and St. Paul's thoughts on love from First Corinthians. Lots of my mushy favorites...more
This a valuable collection, thoughtfully arranged. It contains such a variety of authors, something is sure to be found to please everyone. I liked the poems more often than not, although there are a few I was indifferent to. There was enough well-written, substantive poetry that I read it cover to cover, instead of flipping through and picking at random, as I usually do with poetry books. This reading method is also encouraged by Kennedy's organization, which gently guides us through the poems...more
C.C. Thomas
What a beautiful book! From the front cover to the color and fonts and even the inside shadow pictures of flowers-every detail is so meticulous. It is an absolutel delight to the senses from sight to sound. This book of poems was hand selected by Caroline Kennedy. While she didn't write any of the poems, seeing the ones that she selected as her favorites gives me an insight into a person I have always looked up to.

The poems are divided up into the different eras of a woman's life and include: Fa...more
Jul 13, 2011 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lisa by: Caiti Hawkins
This is a wonderful book for those who enjoy poetry, especially women. This is the answer to "What do you want for your birthday/anniversary/Mother's Day?" or just to read next, although I recommend owning a copy so you can savor the book over time. (Thanks, Caiti!) Caroline Kennedy has compiled a variety of thought-provoking, excellent poems that evoke the stages and feelings of life. Each section (e.g., Falling in Love; Breaking Up; Beauty, Clothes, and Things of This World; Friendship; How to...more
This was a nice change of pace from my standard reads -- it's very rare for me to read poetry more than a few online here and there. It was nice going through a collection purposed specifically for women, and I think the themes were organized quite nicely to matters pertinent to most women. While there were several poems I enjoyed, I also encountered many that I didn't, so it was a bit hit or miss, but I just shuffled past those that didn't speak to me. Poetry is such rich, beautiful language th...more
Lacey Louwagie
I listened to this one as part of my immersion in poetry in April. The subtitle of the anthology is, "A woman's journey through poems," which made me think that it was going to be a collection of women poet's giving voice to women's lives. Instead, it has at least as many male poets writing ABOUT women as women speaking to their own experiences, and many of these poems fall prey to romanticizing womanhood, seeing women once more through "the male gaze." As such, it contained a lot more platitude...more
Gregory Byerline
I borrowed this book from our local library to research material for a photography project so I read only the sections pertaining to the research topic. This collection of poetry was chosen because it was curated by a female, and my research was focused on poetry that connected intellectually and emotionally with females. Poetry resonant with the female psyche. This collection does that. Caroline Kennedy groups selections by topic and introduces each section with her own thoughts, perspective, a...more
After the first few, I started skipping Caroline Kennedy's introductions because they were kind of pointless. But I loved the vast majority of the poems, and I love that I loved them, because—not for lack of exposure, and with a few exceptions—I have never really enjoyed poetry. I also am not especially into flowers, but the beautiful black-and-white close-ups were so lovely (anyone know what kind of flower they are?).
I rarely pick up books of poetry, but I thoroughly enjoyed this collection selected by Caroline Kennedy.

Kennedy groups the poems into sections that reflect significant stages of a woman's life. There are poems that focus on falling in love, breaking up, marriage, motherhood, friendship, grief and loss, growing old... Each section has a thoughtful introduction written by Kennedy.

When I discovered that there was an audio version of this book (all books of poetry should have audio versions!), I st...more
I liked the selections & thought the way they were organized was interesting. However, I did not care for Kennedy's intros. She seems a very private woman, & I am happy to leave her to her privacy - but don't write such impersonal intros to chapters of poetry.
I really enjoyed this collection of poems put together by Caroline Kennedy. I liked how Kennedy separated the poems into the different parts of a woman's life, from "Falling in Love" to "Beauty, Clothes, and Things of this World". My favorite poems from the collection are: "From June to December" by Summer Villanelle, "Variation on the World Sleep" by Margaret Atwood, "I carry your heart with me (i carry it in" by E.E. Cummings, "To My Dear and Loving Husband" by Anne Bradstreet, and "Simple Gif...more
A good selection of poems with a nice little intro from the author on why she decided on each poem.
I would have given it a higher rating except that I am not really into reading poetry unless it is blatently simple and straight forward. Something a step above dr. seuss Cat and the Hat but a step below "Elegy in a Spider's Web"

What to say when the spider
Say when the spider what
When the spider the spider what
The spider does what
Does does dies does it not
Not live and then not
Legs legs then o...more
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Caroline Bouvier Kennedy is an American author and attorney. She is the daughter and only surviving child of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. An older sister, Arabella, died shortly after her birth in 1956. Brother John F. Kennedy, Jr. died in a plane crash in 1999. Another brother, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy died two days after his birth in 1963.
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