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The Poets' Grimm by Jeanne Marie Beaumont
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bookshelves: poetry, fairy-tales-told-and-retold, owned
Read in September, 2005

I highly recommend this for teachers and fairy tale aficionados alike. This anthology gives a fresh, intense and contemporary perspective on some of the Grimm Brother's more famous tales. I have enjoyed the wealth of books that revisit and revision the kindermarchen in recent years. This collection is a welcome addition to that wealth. It belongs on the shelf next to your copy of Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber. Fresh life and interest is breathed back into tales like Hansel and Gretel and Snow White.

I give a brief quote from an included poem by Lisel Mueller "Reading the Brothers Grimm to Jenny":
Why do I read you tales
in which birds speak the truth
and pity cures the blind,
and beauty reaches deep to prove a royal mind?
...
I have the golden key--
and learn from you once more
the terror and the bliss,
the world as it might be?


Truly these tales are not only worth rereading but also retelling especially in verse as this book proves.

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