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Christmas Poems (Everyman's Library Pocket Poets)

by John Hollander

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A nice sized book of old Christmas treasures. Traditional songs and carols, obscure poems, and ones by familiar authors like T.S. Elliot, Milton, Christina Rosetti and others. No illustration. A good reference source on Christmas.
  MarthaL | Mar 27, 2011 |
I love the Everyman’s Library Pocket Poets series. This volume has an eclectic mix of modern and old poems, from John Milton to W.H. Auden and Chinua Achebe. It has the traditional favorites, such as Clement Moore’s “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and it has a section of Christmas carols (traditional Christmas carols, religious or not, not holiday songs like “Frosty the Snowman” and “Winter Wonderland”). But it also has a number of previously unknown to me poems that helped me get in the mood for the seasons.

If you are interested in a nice, pocket-sized anthology of Christmas poetry, Everyman’s edition is very nice. It doesn’t have every poem or carol you may want to read, but it has a nice variety.

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  rebeccareid | Dec 23, 2008 |
A fine selection of Christmas poems, both familiar and unfamiliar. ( )
  auntieknickers | Dec 28, 2007 |
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Christmas is both a holiday and a holy day, and from the start it has been associated with poetry, from the song of the seraphim above the manger to the cherished carols around the punch bowl. This garland of Christmas poems contains not only the ones you would insist on finding here ("A Visit from St. Nicholas," "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming," and "The Twelve Days of Christmas" among them) but such equally enchanting though lesser-known Yuletide treasures as Emily Dickinson's "The Savior must have been a docile Gentleman," Anthony Hecht's "Christmas Is Coming," Rudyard Kipling's "Christmas in India," Langston Hughes's "Shepherd's Song at Christmas," Robert Graves's "The Christmas Robin," and happy surprises like Phyllis McGinley's "Office Party," Dorothy Parker's "The Maid-Servant at the Inn," and Philip Larkin's "New Year Poem."

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A collection of poems that celebrate the spirit of the Christmas holiday.

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