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The sixty poems selected for Pocket Book of Poetry span more than four centuries and some rank among the greatest works of literature in the English language. Many are popular favorites and several represent the best works written by their authors, among them William Shakespeare's sonnets, Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Kubla Khan," John Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn," William The sixty poems selected for Pocket Book of Poetry span more than four centuries and some rank among the greatest works of literature in the English language. Many are popular favorites and several represent the best works written by their authors, among them William Shakespeare's sonnets, Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Kubla Khan," John Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn," William Butler Yeats' "The Second Coming," and Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken." Although some of these poems share themes and verse forms, each is a unique work unto itself. All suggest a world much greater than can be encompassed in their words, and the way in which they transport the reader to that realm is a large part of the pleasure that they offer. Pocket Book of Poetry is one of Barnes & Noble's Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world's greatest authors in an exquisitely designed bonded-leather binding, with distinctive gilt edging.


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The sixty poems selected for Pocket Book of Poetry span more than four centuries and some rank among the greatest works of literature in the English language. Many are popular favorites and several represent the best works written by their authors, among them William Shakespeare's sonnets, Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Kubla Khan," John Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn," William The sixty poems selected for Pocket Book of Poetry span more than four centuries and some rank among the greatest works of literature in the English language. Many are popular favorites and several represent the best works written by their authors, among them William Shakespeare's sonnets, Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Kubla Khan," John Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn," William Butler Yeats' "The Second Coming," and Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken." Although some of these poems share themes and verse forms, each is a unique work unto itself. All suggest a world much greater than can be encompassed in their words, and the way in which they transport the reader to that realm is a large part of the pleasure that they offer. Pocket Book of Poetry is one of Barnes & Noble's Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world's greatest authors in an exquisitely designed bonded-leather binding, with distinctive gilt edging.

30 review for Pocket Book of Poetry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Loretta

    Another nice small selection of poetry. 😊

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bon

    Whoever compiled this was a genius and obviously a kindred spirit, because all the best poems were in here. I love me a grim ballad or a musing on death and they were all here, "Because I Could Not Stop for Death", "The Highwayman", "In Flanders Fields"... I enjoyed it immensely. There's unexpected wisdom to be found in here, too, including an eerily-prescient poem about a Wall by Robert Frost. Makes you think... Whoever compiled this was a genius and obviously a kindred spirit, because all the best poems were in here. I love me a grim ballad or a musing on death and they were all here, "Because I Could Not Stop for Death", "The Highwayman", "In Flanders Fields"... I enjoyed it immensely. There's unexpected wisdom to be found in here, too, including an eerily-prescient poem about a Wall by Robert Frost. Makes you think...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Justin Wiggins

    I found this volume of poetry in the bargain bin at work and finished reading it the other night. It is a very good compilation of poems by William Blake, John Donne, Emily Dickinson, John Keats, Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, Rudyard Kipling, John Milton, Shakespeare, William Butler Yeats, and many others. I highly recommend it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Simpson

    Read this several times over the last month. My introduction to poetry and the classics. Standouts: - “Ozymandias” by Shelley - “Ode on a Grecian Urn” by Keats - “Because I could not stop for Death” by Dickinson - “Dover Beach” by Arnold - “The Second Coming” by Yeats - “The Listeners” by De La Mare

  5. 4 out of 5

    Karysa Ella Joy

    I got this little book in my stocking for Christmas and I'm glad because I want to read more poetry. I really liked the ones in here that I already knew from Anne of Green Gables and Dead Poets Society. I also enjoyed most of the other poems but some were admittedly over my lazy head. One of my favorite poems was by a British guy named Edward Lear. He wrote "nonsense poetry" which I really like because then I don't feel like I'm missing some deeper meaning. I got this little book in my stocking for Christmas and I'm glad because I want to read more poetry. I really liked the ones in here that I already knew from Anne of Green Gables and Dead Poets Society. I also enjoyed most of the other poems but some were admittedly over my lazy head. One of my favorite poems was by a British guy named Edward Lear. He wrote "nonsense poetry" which I really like because then I don't feel like I'm missing some deeper meaning.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anna Dale

    I find it hard to rate collections of poems since each sits with me differently, but I really did enjoy this one. Within it, I sampled poets both that I grew up hearing and others I wish I had. A few of these didn't hit the mark for me, but it stands a lovely collection. I find it hard to rate collections of poems since each sits with me differently, but I really did enjoy this one. Within it, I sampled poets both that I grew up hearing and others I wish I had. A few of these didn't hit the mark for me, but it stands a lovely collection.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rachelle

    Book #70 of the EBN Challenge at my Library. Challenge topic: A book of Poetry. Lots of really popular poems like "The Raven" and "O Captain, My Captain" and then ones I've never heard before like "The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver." It really touched me emotionally. Book #70 of the EBN Challenge at my Library. Challenge topic: A book of Poetry. Lots of really popular poems like "The Raven" and "O Captain, My Captain" and then ones I've never heard before like "The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver." It really touched me emotionally.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tammi

    A nice selection of poems by various authors...actually included some of my favorites. A great book for anyone interested in poetry!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Heather Fryling

    This is a great little book of all those classic poems that inspired you in high school and college literature classes. If it's been a while since you had an overview of poetry, this isn't a bad place to jump back in. This is a great little book of all those classic poems that inspired you in high school and college literature classes. If it's been a while since you had an overview of poetry, this isn't a bad place to jump back in.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bob Lewis

    Though I hate to start a review with a complaint, I feel I must observe that far too much contemporary poetry seems to have completely lost all sense of aesthetic value. Many of us, then, often return to the classics for our poetry. This lovely little book represents some of the best of those classic poems. Coming in at just over 100 pages, it nevertheless manages to contain not only a few good poems, but many of the very best poems, including several of my personal favorites. Beginning with thr Though I hate to start a review with a complaint, I feel I must observe that far too much contemporary poetry seems to have completely lost all sense of aesthetic value. Many of us, then, often return to the classics for our poetry. This lovely little book represents some of the best of those classic poems. Coming in at just over 100 pages, it nevertheless manages to contain not only a few good poems, but many of the very best poems, including several of my personal favorites. Beginning with three of Shakespeare's sonnets and concluding with Edna St. Vincent Millay's "The Ballad of the Harp Weaver," the book reads like a who's who of 400+ years of excellent verse. Of course it's true that poetry is subject to personal tastes and my favorites are undoubtedly different from your own and both of ours are likely different from anyone else's. As such, I freely admit there are some poems in this collection that speak to me far more than some of the others. However, not only are many of my favorites included, but I cannot identify a single entry in the book that I actually dislike. It's incredibly likely that at least some of your own personal favorites will be here. And if you're relatively new to poetry, you're likely to discover some new favorites along the way. Don't expect to find a lot that you haven't already read in here. The selections are brilliant, timeless, moving, thought-provoking, and beautiful, but they're not particularly rare or under-read. This isn't the book to turn to if you're looking to broaden your poetic horizons. Instead, it's the book to turn to if you want a lovely pocket-sized edition collecting between two covers a cross-section of the very best of English verse. For that purpose, I can't think of a better book than this one.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jacob Jensen

    Poetry is like the shot glass of literature—it is creative and short, but incredibly potent. Poetry can encapsulate the themes and ideas of entire books into just a few stanzas. This short book includes a variety of poets who cover themes from love and death, to the unknown and nature. The poets span from the 1500’s to early 20th century. Admittedly, I used the internet quite a bit to help me intercept certain words or phrases (I recommend LitCharts). Having to study out the interpretations and Poetry is like the shot glass of literature—it is creative and short, but incredibly potent. Poetry can encapsulate the themes and ideas of entire books into just a few stanzas. This short book includes a variety of poets who cover themes from love and death, to the unknown and nature. The poets span from the 1500’s to early 20th century. Admittedly, I used the internet quite a bit to help me intercept certain words or phrases (I recommend LitCharts). Having to study out the interpretations and the contexts in which these poems were written made them all the more impactful and memorable. Having the light switch turn on with a specific line or poem is unbelievably satisfying. It’s like smelling and seeing a delicious meal…then actually tasting it. It is easy to cruise past unfamiliar words or phrases by just using context clues and getting the “gist” of the meaning—but I do not recommend this. Dig into each word. Discover each theme. Make notes in the margins. Write down what it makes you feel and think. This book as moved me in many ways. It took time and work, but it made it all the more worth it. - “If you can dream—and not make dreams your master; if you can think—and not make thoughts your aim…” - “Sing, and the hills will answer; sigh, it is lost on the air.” - “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - “O Captain! My Captain! Our fearful trip is done, the ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won.” - “But thy eternal summer shall not fade…”

  12. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Kail-Ackerman

    Amazing poems, historically-impactful. A great collection. My favorites: Sonnet XVIII: William Shakespeare Sonnet XXIX: William Shakespeare Sonnet CXVI: William Shakespeare Death: John Donne The Sun Rising: John Donne To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time: Robert Herrick A Red, Red Rose: Robert Burns The Divine Image: William Blake Ozymandias: Percy Bysshe Shelley Ode to a Grecian Urn: John Keats The Children's Hour: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The Raven: Edgar Allan Poe Annabel Lee: Edgar Allan Poe "Hope is a Amazing poems, historically-impactful. A great collection. My favorites: Sonnet XVIII: William Shakespeare Sonnet XXIX: William Shakespeare Sonnet CXVI: William Shakespeare Death: John Donne The Sun Rising: John Donne To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time: Robert Herrick A Red, Red Rose: Robert Burns The Divine Image: William Blake Ozymandias: Percy Bysshe Shelley Ode to a Grecian Urn: John Keats The Children's Hour: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The Raven: Edgar Allan Poe Annabel Lee: Edgar Allan Poe "Hope is a thing with feathers": Emily Dickinson "Because I could not stop for Death": Emily Dickinson The Charge of the Light Brigade: Alfred Lord Tennyson Dover Beach: Matthew Arnold The Owl and the Pussy-Cat: Edward Lear The Walrus and the Carpenter: Lewis Carroll Solitude: Ella Wheeler Wilcox When I Was One-and-Twenty: AE Housman If: Rudyard Kipling The Listeners: Walter De La Mare The Highwayman: Alfred Noyes Richard Cory: Edward Arlington Robinson Miniver Cheevy: Edward Arlington Robinson The Road Not Taken: Robert Frost Trees: Joyce Kilmer The Ballad of the Harp-Weaver: Edna St. Vincent Millay

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Spelbring

    I really liked this collection of poetry. It contains some very famous poems by some very well known authors including Shakespeare, Byron, Bronte, Yeats, Keats, Elliot, and more. If you find it you should grab it up. I must confess that I actually took the time to read through this twice. I had to, the poems all had a beauty about them that I wanted to soak them in as much as possible before reading something else. Some of my favorites were "The Road Not Taken", "Because I Could Not Stop for Dea I really liked this collection of poetry. It contains some very famous poems by some very well known authors including Shakespeare, Byron, Bronte, Yeats, Keats, Elliot, and more. If you find it you should grab it up. I must confess that I actually took the time to read through this twice. I had to, the poems all had a beauty about them that I wanted to soak them in as much as possible before reading something else. Some of my favorites were "The Road Not Taken", "Because I Could Not Stop for Death", and "O Captain, My Captain!" To me, this was an inspiring read. Reading some of the great poets inspired me to try my hand at poetry again.

  14. 5 out of 5

    I Red

    This is a very sweet collection of poems. Even though I didn’t personally like every single one, I appreciate their value and understand why they’re considered classics. On the other hand, I now have some new favorites that I absolutely adore! I also like the idea of having many of the classics at my fingertips. I look forward to rereading a lot of these poems and relishing the genius use of language in it’s pages.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    An essential book of poetry for any reader, poet, or any word-enthusiast. It's filled with so many pivotal poems and fine examples of the English language that everyone should be familiar with if they want to call themselves well-read. Plus, the fancy cover and slim feel of this volume make it a fine addition to any shelf. An essential book of poetry for any reader, poet, or any word-enthusiast. It's filled with so many pivotal poems and fine examples of the English language that everyone should be familiar with if they want to call themselves well-read. Plus, the fancy cover and slim feel of this volume make it a fine addition to any shelf.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Maya

    This Pocket Book of Poetry is a delightful compilation of 60 of the best poems of all time. I was pleased to find some favorites like “On His Blindness,” “Ozymandias,” “The Raven,” and “If,”—and even more pleased to read other great poems I had not read before, including “She dwelt among the untrodden ways” and “The Sun Rising.” Simply lovely.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Randi

    Beautiful little collection of classic poetry. I enjoyed it very much over coffee. ;) I particularly love that "The Highwayman" was included...though I'm not sure why the editors insisted on including "The Owl and the Pussy-Cat." =/ Beautiful little collection of classic poetry. I enjoyed it very much over coffee. ;) I particularly love that "The Highwayman" was included...though I'm not sure why the editors insisted on including "The Owl and the Pussy-Cat." =/

  18. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    The usual suspects. Enjoyable collection, but overall a bit too male and too white for my liking. Reflects what we consider to be classic literature, which is a bit disturbing really. Still, no bad entries in the collection.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    It had most of the poems that I liked before hand, and introduced me to new ones I like

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    I'm just not a fan of poetry. I'm just not a fan of poetry.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mason Boykin

    I keep this book on my person at all. times.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Brianna Harmon

    Pretty comprehensive selection of “classics” but I found a few new favorites I’d never read before. Love the size of the book and the “feel” - kind of curls into your hands.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Makenzie Hofacker

    SO many good poems in here!!!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    This was a great place for me to start learning more about poetry.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    A great collection of classics. I love these soft bound faux leather covers too! Too bad my dog also enjoyed the taste/texture. Looks like I’ll need to grab a new copy.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amy Beth

    A nice selection of poems to have on your shelf. This is a Barnes & Noble edition. It would make a lovely gift.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nola Grace

    A wonderful compilation of poetry

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hunter

    Very good selection of poems for a novice poetry reader like me

  29. 5 out of 5

    Zuly

    This is a beautiful, portable collection that will never leave my bedside table. It has been decades since I've first read and studied these, and they are sweet old friends. This is a beautiful, portable collection that will never leave my bedside table. It has been decades since I've first read and studied these, and they are sweet old friends.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sammy

    Whoever put this bad boy together did a wonderfully magnificent job! There was amazing variation in author and content. If you like poetry or classic literature, go ahead and make sure you’ve read the musts.

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