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Poems to See by: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry

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A fresh twist on 24 classic poems, these visual interpretations by comic artist Julian Peters will change the way you see the world.

This stunning anthology of favorite poems visually interpreted by comic artist Julian Peters breathes new life into some of the greatest English-language poets of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

These are poems that can change the way
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Hardcover, 200 pages
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Plough Publishing House
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    A fresh twist on 24 classic poems, these visual interpretations by comic artist Julian Peters will change the way you see the world.

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    Joseph Spuckler
    Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: poetry, art
    Poems to See By illustrated by Julian Peters is a collection of illustrated poems broken into groups of seeing — nature, love, time, death and others. Julian Peters is an illustrator and comic book artist living in Montreal, Canada, who specializes in adapting classical poems into graphic art.

    Many of the best poems are presented in the collection from Invictus to The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. Some of the poems and art combine to produce emotions such as Conscientious Objector by Edna St.
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    Natalie ♡
    Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
    Shelves: arcs
    (Got an e-arc via netgalley in exchanges for an honest review)

    I never read anything like that: poetry in comic form. I think the illustrator has an interesting interpretation of the poems and this book definitely had beautiful art styles. Also, I liked that it has a good variety of themes, some were lighthearted, others dark...

    I’d like it more if the poems were before the comics, so we could interpret them in our head ourselfs and then see what the artist interpreted them as.

    As it is with poems,
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    Anusha Narasimhan
    This book contains 25 classic poems converted into comics. I loved how the artist used different colours, panel structure and drawing style for each poem. Each comic is interpreted in a way that suits the theme of the poem.

    As someone new to poetry and a comic lover, I appreciated how this book illustrated lines from classic poems as comics followed by the full text of the poem. This book would be of interest to ardent poetry lovers and poetry newbies alike.

    Note - I received a free digital copy
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    Bernie Gourley
    Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This anthology of twenty-four classic poems is set apart by the artwork used to convey the illustrator / anthologist’s view of each poem. The poets are all virtuosos, including: Dickinson, Angelou, Cummings, Langston Hughes, Auden, Seamus Heaney, Wordsworth, Shelley, Yeats, Poe, and Eliot. The poems are sometimes, but not always, among the most anthologized of the respective poet’s work. I would say that most poetry readers will probably find something that they haven’t read, but – even if not – ...more
    bet mercer
    Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
    What a fascinating idea to create a graphic "novel" of classic poems! I could see how this might draw in readers who find poetry confusing or daunting or too highbrow. It was interesting to see the illustrator choose to portray the poet in a lead role for some of the poems, even though they may not be autobiographical poems. I'd love to see more of volumes like this. I also appreciated that every poem wasn't illustrated in the same manner, but the drawings seemed to be connected to topic or ...more
    Marzie
    Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arc-publisher
    Poems to See By is a beautifully and powerfully illustrated short anthology of poems by poets from Emily Dickinson, Maya Angelou, ee cummings, Christina Rosetti, WH Auden, Robert Hayden, Langston Hughes, and many others. The illustrations are beautiful, diverse and capture the essence of the poems selected. A longer review to come, when I receive the final galley.

    I received a Digital Review Copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
    Pop Bop
    Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: reviewed
    This Just Blew Me Away

    I wasn't quite sure what I was in for when I downloaded this book. O.K., illustrated poems - I get that. Who didn't grow up with ripping action illustrations accompanying a school days classic like "...the midnight ride of Paul Revere"? I sort of expected something along those lines, and just hoped I'd like the artist's style. I was totally out of line on that.

    The book opens with a brief foreword/essay about how poetry and sequential comics art complement each other. The
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    Laura
    Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
    The poems chosen by Julian to illustrate are interesting. Mostly American and British authors, of the 19th and 20th century. Langston Hughes and Emily Dickenson are









    And even though it is all done by the same illustrator, the interpretations vary widly.

    Even poems that I know so well, such as William Wordsworth's "The World is Too Much With Us" has a modern interpretation.

    And although we have the poems in our heads, it is enlightening to see how others, such as Julian, sees these, and illustrates
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    Danielle
    Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Poems to See By is a unique and beautiful collection of classic poems. I received this as an incomplete advanced digital copy so I do not know what the final form will be, but it would be a lovely book to keep on a coffee table or end table to enjoy from time to time. Many of the poems were familiar to me, but others were not. I don't read much poetry and the artwork and comic book style layout was engaging and helpful in understanding the rhythm. The artist, Julian Peters, states in the preface ...more
    Amanda
    Dec 21, 2019 rated it liked it
    Inspired by the beauty of poetry, Julian Peters has created a wonderful collection of images depicting 24 classic works written by poets such as Emily Dickinson, William Ernest Henley, Maya Angelou, e.e. Cummings, Christina Rossetti, Robert Hayden, Langston Hughes, Seamus Heaney, Thomas Hardy, Jess Gallagher, Edgar Allan Poe, and more.

    Peters said, "I wanted to pay tribute to the way these poems made me feel, to spend time with them, to pull them in as close to me as possible in the way that felt
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    Siobhán
    Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    *I received an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks for the free comic book / poetry collection.*

    "Poems to See by" is the graphic illustration of world famous poems by Emily Dickinson, Thomas Hardy, T.S. Eliot, Dylan Thomas and many more. We find the text embedded in the panels, it's quite beautiful. The style of the different poems is mirrored in the drawing style. Each illustrated poem is followed by the text of the poem without any drawings in order for the reader to
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    Rachel Stansel
    Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: favorites
    I requested this because it looked interesting. I am blown away. The poems, many I knew, some I did not, are all beautiful. But the art. Oh the art! All different styles from pen and ink, to anime to watercolor. All amazing at encompassing the feel and style of the words. The modern interpretation of Wordsworths "The World is Too Much With Us" was impactful. The use of a quilt like design for Maya Angelou's "Caged Bird" was stirring. Just wow.

    He has one of the poems on his website if you want a
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    Zahiryn Vélez Hernández
    Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    *I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

    Confession time: I love classic poetry.

    You can often catch me quoting famous lines, gesticulating wildly with my hands. My students roll their eyes, embarrassed on my behalf, but I digress. There is something charming in the familiar, magic in re-reading known works, in studying the sentences that have endured and enamored us, and witnessing how they change: every generation comes back to the classics and “sees”
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    Judith Robinson
    Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    In Poems To See By, comic artist Julian Peters introduces us to his visual translation of poems by such greats as Shelley and Yeats, Bishop and Angelou. The book cover introduces the artist’s purpose where a boy lifts a book toward an expansion of sea, sky, and stars beyond his personal space on a ship’s deck. In this collection, the artist renders his own response to great alphabetic texts through his rich visual language that expands and enriches each poem. Peters uses his comic art not only ...more
    Beatrice Manuel
    Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I haven’t reviewed a poetry anthology before but I’m glad this is my first one off the bat. A stunning visual portrayal of works of art by the infamous Emily Dickinson, e.e. cummings and Maya Angelou (to name a few), “Poems to See By” is a beautiful experience for those artistic souls out there.

    The poetry, in itself, is a vast and uplifting collection. Covering various themes and topics such as identity, hope, life and death and supplemented by various art forms ranging from ink-based to comics
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    Theediscerning
    Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This was a very pleasant book, although not one I would deem an urgent must-buy for either poetry lovers or fans of adapted works in graphic form. It's a very canonical poetry collection, from cummings to Eliot and from 'Not Waving But Drowning' to a bit of death and glory from Poe of all things, and we get the plain text after each illustrated version. But the key to the book of course is going to be the visual interpretations. And these work, those that managed to surface before the cut-off ...more
    Wanda Maynard
    Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This, to me, is a fascinating way to read poetry. I like it. It helps the reader to see what the author actually meant to say, not only through text, but through pictures; and the art work is amazing! These poems are great! I picked out a few to talk about, even though I liked all of them.

    One of my favorite poems, in this selection, is ANNABEL LEE, by Edgar Allen Poe. This poem is so sad, and so are some of his poems, which enhances his style of writing. That could be why so many people love and
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    Jess
    Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Julian Peters' Poems to See By collects 24 popular poems and pairs them with illustrations drawn by Peters based on his interpretation of the poems' meanings.

    I found this collection to be a refreshing reread of poems by Maya Angelou, Christina Rossetti, W.H. Auden, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes and others. While Peters included some of the most well-known poetry taught in high school and college-level classes, he also featured lesser-covered poets and their works, which I appreciated.

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    Julenka
    Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I received an arc from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest opinion.
    This book comes out on the 30th of March.

    This is a beautiful collection of classic English poems accompanied by comics in various styles. I really enjoyed the way that the poems have been brought to life with this visualization. While I am no fan of mangas and comics on classics, with poems it seems to be another thing for me. I especially love the different parts of the collection, for example seeing nature or
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    Kriti | Armed with A Book
    Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arc-online
    Have you ever read poetry with illustrations? Written like a comic but instead of dialogues, there are verses of poems, Poems to see by is a beautiful collection of artist, Julian Peters' interpretation of some well known poems. I loved how in the preface of this book, he talked about the similarities between poetry and comics - something I had not thought of before. He also mentioned how teachers have used his work to help students understand a poem and I can totally see the scaffolds that art ...more
    Morgan
    Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Recommends it for: Everyone
    Thank you to NetGalley and Plough Publishing House for providing an eARC copy of the book for me to provide an honest review.

    This is a wonderful collection of fantastic poems - and the art is absolutely wonderful as well! I wasn't sure what to expect when I chose to look over the book. Some of the poems read as comics might - with panels and text to go with them. While others are whole works of art in themselves. I could almost imagine that many artists had their hands in this book not just
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    Jason Muckley
    Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
    "Poems to See By" by comic artist Julian Peters put new images to classic poetry. He tells a story of pictures put to words that have for decades captivated readers' imagination. His images and scenes revitalize some of the greatest works of poetry ever written and inspire readers in new ways.

    Some of the poets featured in this new collection include: Maya Angelou, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, Seamus Heaney, Thomas Hardy, William Wordsworth, e.e. cummings, Dylan Thomas, W.B. Yeats, and T.S.
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    Gaby's Bookish Corner
    Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    "Poems to See By: A Comic Artist Interprets Great Poetry" takes 24 classic poems written by well-known authors and turns them into a powerful visual interpretation. I truly loved the illustrations, and they made me appreciate the meaning of each poem. It's not every day that we get the chance to experience something so unique and special. Julian Peters did a wonderful job bringing every poem to life. He gave each reader the opportunity to revisit classical works with themes that can be applied ...more
    Abbey McDonald
    Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I have reviewed poetry before however in a different genre to those represented.

    For the most part, I found this beautiful, interesting and detailed. The comics/illustrations were different and unique for each poem. I also found that most comics had almost a different style which I enjoyed since that would reflect that particular poem. I would be interested in seeing Julian Peters illustrate some Robert Frost with the gorgeous artworks would suit his poetry. The Illustrations, for the most part,
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    Amit Verma
    Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
    It is a refreshing take on famous poetry.
    What Julian Peters does. He gives shape to couplets of a poem in form of a soulful illustration. And he paints a whole story out of it.
    He has drawn illustrated pieces of 24 famous poems.
    Poems by Yeats, TS Elliot, William Wordsworth and many others.
    Soul of the book is artwork.
    Every poem has different style of painting. Few are watercolors, few are pencil shadings , few are like Japanese Magna and even abstract art.
    All poems are soulfully depicted.
    I liked
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    Tanvi
    What a charming book. Most of the drawings, such as Maya Angelou's Why Does The Caged Bird Sing? and Poe's Annabel Lee, were more straightforward interpretations of the subject matter. Others were either startling or poignant in their juxtaposition of poem and image. Colouring and style varies from jagged black and white to soft colour (not having any artistic talent beyond stick figures, that's the best way I can describe it).

    Favourites:

    Before the Battle, which shows frightened soldiers
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    Maria
    Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: netgalley
    I have never seen anything like this! This is a unique and gorgeous collection of classic poems that is just as appealing to the poetry major as it is to the person who hasn't looked at a poem in 20+ years. The use of different art styles for each poem added depth so there's a little something new even for those who are already familiar with all of the text itself. The selected poems are all fairly famous and relatively (as far as poetry goes) straightforward to interpret, plus the illustrations ...more
    Stephen Archer
    Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Julian Peters does a magnificent job illustrating some of the most popular poems throughout the ages. His creativity and illustrations brought a level of depth to each piece of poetry and helped me, as a person who wants to understand poetry, to see a different perspective. For instance, one of my favorite pieces in the book was Edgar Allen Poe's Annabel Lee. I had read it before and thought it to be beautiful, but reading it with the illustrations took it to the next level.

    The reason I didn't
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    Debbie
    Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: giveaways
    Although the poems are other people's, all the artwork to illustrate them belongs to Julian Peters, and what an artist he is! Each poem is very different in style, as are his illustrations, so you will see pencil/pen, full color, manga, watercolor, and even light collage. Peters sticks to the lines of the poems, but I discovered a few panels here and there that clearly make a judgment on modern events, although most of these poems were written 100 years ago. My favorite illustrations:

    - Maya
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    Myshara Herbert-McMyn
    Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This collection is brilliant. The ability to combine all these beautiful comic-like illustrations is commendable. It helps me a lot to be able to see an interpretation of the poems rather than struggle to visualize what a poet means by the odd metaphors and abstract concepts that are littered in poetry.
    Not only would this book be extremely useful to help students to understand poems while they are reading them, it could be used as an exercise in the other direction. That is, students could be
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