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Classic Poems to Read Aloud by James Berry; illustrations by James Mayhew is an all-inclusive thematic anthology of over 150 poems brings together a marvelous array of writings, from Shakespeare and Tennyson to modern poets such as Robert Frost and Ted Hughes to the works of Caribbean, African, and Native American poets. A delightful way for children and adults to spend ti ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 31st 2003 by Kingfisher (first published 1995)
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KimStitch
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book when I was about eleven, and have read and reread it ever since. Some of the poems are sad, some are funny, but all have rhythm and a gorgeous sound once read out loud. I didn't get all the poems from the start, but that never stopped me trying to make up my own meaning, taking poems literally for what they were, beautiful rhythmic pieces I could read to myself as softly or as loudly as I wanted. This book was an inspiration and introduced me too m favorite poet, Shel Silver ...more
Bernie Gourley
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This anthology consists of about 160 poems arranged in eleven thematic chapters. As the title suggests, the theme of the collection is poems that have a beauty of sound about them. As one might expect, this means there are a lot of metered and rhymed poems. However, one would be wrong to think that no free verse works were included. One might also assume that “classic poems” means that none of them were written by poets living from the latter half of the 20th century onwards. But, in addition to ...more
Charlotte Clarke
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the introduction of this book, James Berry tells the author that he was eager to include non-white and non-English poetry. Although there are still plenty of the 'classic' white English authors (Shelley, Sassoon, Byron, Wordsworth, Blake are just a few), there are also traditional tribal poems from the Dinka of Africa, the Navajo of America, from Muslim poets, black American poets writing in the era of the Great Depression and many other cultural and historical perspectives.

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Gabriel Valdivias
Book was ok, i didn't really like it too much. Some of the poems where nice but other poems where too hard to understand and read out loud. I wouldn't recommend, but i do like the fact that there where many different kinds of poems.
Josh Birchard
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have used Poems in this book to compete in the NFL (National Forensics League). It has many poems; some popular and some unpopular.
Riley
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It has been mine since childhood and I will never give it up
Alicia
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In addition to expected major classic poems, the author clearly made an effort to pull in poems from various cultures, so there were plenty of new-to-me poems.
Lina
Jan 26, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dissapointed!
Ashleigh Cutler
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This was one of my childhood books, and I never forgot it. I read it over and over until it fell apart. Not every poem was a favorite, but I can recite "The Jaguar" by Ted Hughes to this day.
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