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Poetry for Young People: Edna St. Vincent Millay [Paperback]

Edited by Frances Schoonmaker , Frances Schoonmaker , Mike Bryce

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7 Jun 2010 Poetry for Young People
The life and works of Edna St. Vincent Millay present a challenging study in contrasts, effectively introduced in this title in the Poetry for Young People series. Joyous odes form a contrast to pensive, brooding poems, sometimes intertwining. A considered introduction offers a substantial overview of the poet's life, which will help readers understand this remarkable writer. While her poems are complex enough for older readers and are accompanied with commentary, younger ones will enjoy hearing them read aloud and taking in the luminous and elegant illustrations.

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; 1 Reprint edition (7 Jun 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402772955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402772955
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 21.1 x 0.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,679,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Academic editor Frances Schoonmaker is a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teacher s College, Columbia University. She has taught and lectured in China, Japan, Mexico, England and India, and served as the head of the teacher-education initiative for the Teachers College/UNICEF Afghanistan Project. Illustrator Mike Bryce has a BA in fine arts and an MA in fine arts. He has taught art at many colleges and has illustrated for Houghton-Mifflin and Hallmark Cards. He lives in Rhode Island.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching poetry accented with gorgeous illustrations 12 Jan 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Picked up this up recently while browsing my local bookstore and was taken aback by the beautiful artwork found in this collection of Edna St. Vincent Millay's poems. I bought it on the spot! Not only are poem's heart-wrenchingly personal and affecting, the watercolor's are a feast for the eyes. I've shown this book to many of my peers who share my enthusiasm and have consequently picked it up as well. Strongly recommended!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful marriage of turn of the century & modern art 28 Dec 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
As a teenager reader, I often have difficulty relating older poetry to today's world. Yet this book tied Edna St. Vincent Millay' work, which I found previously unapproachable, to the modern day. The women portrayed could have been snapshots of myself or my friends and suddenly the words had entirely new meaning and related directly to my everyday life. I plan on treasuring this wonderful book for years to come.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully illustrated book of Millay's selected poetry! 1 Dec 1999
By Sabrina Scolari - Published on Amazon.com
Mike Bryce's illustrations in this collection of Edna St. Vincent Millay's work truly capture the spirit and mood evoked by the poet. With the turn of each page, the reader is brought into various scenes and landscapes, introduced to the thoughts and passions of real, believable individuals which Bryce's illustrations have effectively brought to life. On one page, an old steam train rushes forth in the night, sending burning embers dancing into the night sky. Another page transports the viewer to the dunes of some tranquil distant shore, where the eel-grass whispers in the gentle breeze. A few pages later, and the reader is cast in a dying garden, where the gardener attepts to grow a a patch of hate. The gardener herself is wrought with anger as she tries in vain to achieve her plan; alas, her garden of hate "falters and fades". A following page entreats the reader to wild swans flying over the town, their wings glowing in the twighlight sky. Very captivating imagery! The poetry itself is a welcome addition to my bookshelf of historically important poets, and an essential book for any young reader, as it presents Millay's thoughts and reflections on a world that sometimes depicts all but roses and sunshine. A must for every personal library!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By D. Blankenship - Published on Amazon.com
I cannot think of a better way to introduce the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay than this small volume. The selection is excellent and of interest you the young reader. The commentary is quite relevant as are the pictures which accompany it which by the way are worth the price of the book alone. I find that often now, our young people go all the way through the early grades in school and many of them have never heard of Millay much less read her poetry. This was the sort of stuff my generation and the generation before it grew up on and cut our teeth on. I do not feel I am any worse for the wear. I am fearful that we are bringing up an entire generation (rightfully or wrong, although I feel it is the later) of young folks who will have no appreciation to this great art form and will miss a lot. This book helps. This entire series helps, as a matter of fact and I certainly recommend you add this one and the others to your library. Actually, it is rather fun reading these with the young folk and then talking about them. Not only do you get to enjoy the work your self and perhaps bring back some great memories, but you have the opportunity to interact with your child or student. It is actually rather surprising what some of the kids come up with. I read these to my grandchildren and to the kids in my classes at school. For the most part, when I really get to discussing the work with them, they enjoy it. Recommend this one highly.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visual poetry! 7 Dec 1999
By Sam Gong - Published on Amazon.com
Since I am an illustration student at RISD, I frequently review children's book art. I find this particular marriage of Millay's poetry and Mike Bryce's illustrations to be delightful. I will give the illustrator my best compliment: I will look forward to purchasing your next children's art work.
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