AuthorMichael Harrison, Christopher Stuart-clark
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PublisherOxford University Press
Publication date1st September 2011
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The Oxford Treasury of Classic Poems
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Julia Eccleshare's comment:
Age 5+. There are a host of familiar and well-loved poems in this beautifully presented anthology. Dipping in and drawing out classic favourites such as W.H Auden’s 'The Night Mail' with its rolling rhythm that matches the sound of the train or Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s magisterial 'Kubla Khan' is a delight while the addition of a handful of contemporary poems by John Agard, Roger Mcgough and Brian Patten serves as a reminder that there are always wonderful new poems to add to the list. A perfect introduction to poetry.
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SynopsisThe Oxford Treasury of Classic Poems by Michael Harrison, Christopher Stuart-clark
A beautifully illustrated anthology of classic poetry for children to treasure for a lifetime. This rich and varied selection includes some of the best-loved poems of the last five centuries. With almost one hundred poems to choose from, including such favourites as 'The Lady of Shalott', 'Kubla Khan', and 'The Night Mail', and with contributions from Shelley, Blake, Walt Whitman, Lewis Carroll, Philip Larkin, and Roger McGough among many others.
'An excellent selection of great poems ... read one a day' - The Sunday Telegraph
'A celebration of the very best in children's poetry' - The Guardian
'Oxford poetry anthologies are the best' - The Sunday Times
About The Author
Michael Harrison was born and educated in Oxford and later went to Durham University, where he gained a BA in Philosophy. He then taught at a farm school in North Queensland, Australia as a member of the Bush Brotherhood. He milked the herd of cows daily and travelled the bush taking services and funerals. Michael returned to Oxford to get a teaching qualification (A.C.E.) at the University, and has since taught in Hartlepool, London, and now in Oxford.
He has written for his own pleasure for as long as he can remember but now finds, to his surprise, that people will pay him for it.
In his own words:
"Editing anthologies is hard work because you have to find what you know you want. It may take hours in the Bodleian looking for the one poem you need for a particular page. Poetry should be like a wholemeal bread and honey: immediate pleasure but with some roughage working its way through the system."
Michael has worked extensively with Christopher Stuart-Clark and their anthologies, including The Oxford Treasury of Time Poems and The Oxford Book of Christmas Poems, are regarded as some of the nation’s best.
Michael is married with two sons and lives in Oxford.
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