The New Oxford Book of Children's Verse by Neil Philip
  

Synopsis

The New Oxford Book of Children's Verse by Neil Philip

Like its predecessor, Iona and Peter Opie's Oxford Book of Children's Verse, this is an anthology of poetry written for children. It begins in the eighteenth century and ends in 1995, with the emphasis on modern work, and the explosion of talent that has emerged on both sides of the Atlantic in the last 25 years. This is a book bursting with vitality and variety: over 350 poems by more than 200 poets, in which narrative poems, concrete verse and performance poetry with poems of the classroom and playground. Acute observation and language new-made inform all these poems, which represent the ethnic and cultural diversity of contemporary writing for children ranging from African American and Aborigine to Caribbean/Black British and New Zealand and Canadian. Familiar names such as Edward Lear, Christina Rossetti, Rudyard Kipling and A. A. Milne happily lead on to new generations: Charles Causley, Ted Hughes, Roger McGough, Allan Ahlberg, Jackie Kay and many more. The result is an exuberant anthology whose contents speak with humour, passion, and insight to the child reader: it is a pudding packed with plums.

Reviews

The weight of this very serious-looking anthology belies the fun that is to be had from within its covers. Arranged chronologically, it includes poetry written for children from the 18th century until 1995, with well over half its pages devoted to the 20th century. The chronology juxtaposes poems from as far afield as America, New Zealand and the Caribbean, alongside those from all over the United Kingdom, with some unexpected results. (9 yrs +) (Kirkus UK)

About the Author

Neil Philip is Editorial Director of Albion Press, author, anthologist and reviewer.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Author

Neil Philip
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Publisher

Oxford Paperbacks an imprint of Oxford University Press
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Publication date

15th October 1998

ISBN

9780192881076


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