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Poetry for Young People: Robert Browning (1998)

by Robert Browning, Eileen Gillooly (Editor)

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With well-written introductions to each poem, and realistic illustrations, and excellent selections, this volume is one of my favorites in this series. It is not perfect. There are a few surprising omissions from Browning's shorter works (How they brought the news from Ghent to Aix," for example), and it was surprising to see "the Pied Piper" edited so much. Browning's poems are not short, and many of these poems would be better read aloud to young readers than read silently, but this book gives independent and guided learners a good place to begin.
1 vote mebrock | Apr 1, 2014 |
What a brilliant poet- this is a good collection for young people. ( )
  mrsarey | Mar 12, 2010 |
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Gr 7 Up - To say, as Gillooly does in her succinct introduction, that "Robert Browning is one of the most beloved English poets-and one of the most difficult to read" is an understatement. She does a remarkable job, however, of selecting the most accessible poems. ... Gillooly's clear introductions to each one give valuable assistance in understanding them. ... The presentation of each poem includes explanations of words and references that might be unfamiliar today. Throughout, Spector's spectacular, energy-filled paintings further illuminate the meanings of the poetry, providing historical details and defining settings visually. This is a fine introduction to the poetry of Browning, and in the hands of an astute teacher or parent, it can greatly increase an older student's appreciation for classical literature.
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For Jake, and with special thanks to Ben, Kate, and Sam. -Eileen Gillooly
For Any and Susie and all the times we've had. -Jim Sharpe
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"...If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,/ If all men count with you but none too much;/ If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds' worth of distance run,/ Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,/ And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!" (from "If")
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0806955430, Hardcover)

Robert Browning's poetry has mysteries and a beauty of language that youngsters will love exploring, from the classic and beloved Pied Piper of Hamelin to the charming verse play Pippa Passes. Perfect for parents to read aloud or along with their children, and accompanied by striking artwork, here is a selection of some of Browning's most reader-friendly works. Several paintings compellingly capture Pied Piper's drama: the Piper, smiling as he offers his services; the rats fleeing the town in droves; and the entranced children who will soon be lost forever. Home Thoughts from Abroad ("Oh, to be in England, Now that April's there...") features illustrations of the countryside in full bloom. There are 25 excerpts in all, fully annotated to enrich young readers' understanding of these poems.

Dr. Eileen Gillooly earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University, where she is Director of the Core Curriculum and teaches nineteenth-century literature and culture. She has also edited another entry in the Poetry for Young People series on Rudyard Kipling.


Joel Spector's work appears regularly in books, in newspapers such as the New York Times, in magazines such as Business Week, Good Housekeeping, and Newsweek, and throughout Europe and in Japan. He lives in Connecticut.

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