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Poetry for Young People: William Blake

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With its combination of poetic brilliance and exquisite art, the Poetry for Young People series has won the admiration of critics, educators, children, and parents. Every breathtaking volume in this acclaimed, bestselling collection features magnificent full-color illustrations that enhance each verse, and a renowned scholar’s guidance to help children understand and love ...more
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Sterling
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Tandava Brahmachari
I found the introduction very interesting, since I hadn't known much about Blake himself. I thought the earlier poems in the book generally were a better fit for the purpose than the later ones. I don't care for the illustrations, though I can see how some people would like them. But especially after hearing in the intro about what an artist Blake was himself, and seeing some examples, the illustrations just didn't seem very in tune with him.
Dec 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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William Blake Poetry for Young People
Grades 1-4
The editor of this book is John Maynard who is a Professor and Chair of New York University’s English department. The illustrator, Alessandra Cimatoribus, uses bright yet soft colors and rounded contours to depict images of lions, birds, nature and people. The illustrations are abstract and charming. The tiger illustrated next to the poem “The Tyger” has very short limbs, a huge head and a small mouth showing his small canine teeth. The editor note
Madelyn Adams
Feb 24, 2015 rated it liked it
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I honestly thought a lot of the poetry in the book had a darker side to it. I liked how it gave a little summary of the author’s purpose at the top of the page, and it also defined certain words in the poems on the bottom or side of the page. I did enjoy the imagery that Blake uses in his poems.

I could see these poems being read aloud to 3rd and 4th graders. The poems use wonderful vocabulary, which would help stretch the student’s language. It would also provides excel
Nov 12, 2012 rated it liked it
A 31 peom collection, this book captures simple language and animal metaphors for the younger reader population. Rich-colored paintings go along with each poem to help get the author's point of view and feeling to the reader. Many of his poems have strong Christian images or deal with harsh social themes. Poems can be tricky and comprehended in many different ways and some even had me wondering. Poetry not my normal genre of choice.
Oct 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
All of my children LOVE this book! My three and four-year-olds request this the most. Blake wrote beautiful poetry, much of which has Christian symbolism that my children point out easily. Other poems are about childhood, dreams, dealing with hardships, and helping others. A beautiful, wonderful book that I highly recommend to all parents!
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
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a good selection of poems
and information about the poems explaining them to children
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
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not our favorite poet
books in this series are very nice though
Jan 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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I have wanted the William Blake volume of this series for years, and got it for Christmas! It was wonderful. I learn so much from the introductions and annotations in these books.
Dayna Smith
Nov 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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A wonderful collection by this fine English poet. Another fabulous addition to this fine series.
Shelly Koressel
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Wonderful book to read to any age of children, full book of poetry.
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William Blake was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, Blake's work is today considered seminal and significant in the history of both poetry and the visual arts.

Blake's prophetic poetry has been said to form "what is in proportion to its merits the least read body of poetry in the language". His visual artistry has led one modern critic to proclaim h

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