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Published: 17 December 1998

416 Pages

ISBN: 9780192881076

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The New Oxford Book of Children's Verse

Edited by Neil Philip

Oxford Books of Verse

The world of children's poetry is as diverse and as miraculous as the human imagination itself, a land where owls and pussy-cats set to sea in beautiful pea-green boats, and tigers burn bright in the forests of the night. Now, in The New Oxford Book of Children's Verse, Neil Philip has surveyed and mapped this delightfully protean landscape, in a book that spans some two hundred and fifty years, and includes over 350 poems by more than 200 poets, from Isaac Watts, the first true children's poet, to such classic figures as Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, and A. A. Milne, to scores of contemporary writers, such as Richard Wilbur, Sandra Cisneros, and Jack Prelutsky.
The range of poems is remarkable. Young readers will find long narratives such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Paul Revere's Ride," miniature gems such as Ogden Nash's "The Eel," thought-provoking poems such as Langston Hughes's "Children's Rhymes," and other American classics like Robert Frost's "The Pasture" and John Updike's "January." Here is an exuberant anthology that captures the full breadth of children's verse in English. It will delight children of all ages and launch the young on a life-long appreciation of poetry.