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Early British Poetry—"Words That Burn"

Series: Poetry Rocks!

By Paula Johanson

This collection surveys British poetry from the early eighth through the middle of the nineteenth century, including fourteen poets. The anonymous Anglo-Saxons, Geoffrey Chaucer, William Shakespeare, William Wordsworth, John Keats, Edmund Spenser, John Donne, George Herbert, John Milton, Alexander Pope, Samuel Johnson, Thomas Gray, and William Blake are included. Shows students how to analyze poetry for greater understanding and enjoyment. Includes biographical information, historical background, and several poems by each writer to introduce readers to a range of poems from this exciting era.

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". . . a great addition for any library’s poetry section."

Denton Independent School District, November 9, 2009

"The texts are clear and informative. Analysis is particularly engaging, making the books useful for drawing high school students into the study of poetry."

The Horn Book Guide, Spring 2010

"Students will find this book a great starting place for research about specific British poets."

TriState Young Adult Book Review Committee, November 2009

"Great way to tie events of a historical period to the literary works of that time period."

Arlington Independent School District, April 6, 2010

"The book provides a collection of concise, informative introductions to the poets chosen for discussion."

Booklist, October 1, 2009

"Language arts teachers and poetry lovers will be excited about this one!"

Richardson Independent School District, May 4, 2010

". . . a good choice for poetry sections . . ."

Puget Sound Council, November 2010

"This is a great resource for many poetry assignments and English teachers themselves. Students will appreciate the organization of the book including the bright colors, clear headings, portraits, and backgrounds of the poems."

Library Media Connection, March/April 2010

"This series offers a comprehensive overview of literary periods . . . These titles will find the most use with teachers looking to guide literary studies."

School Library Journal, Fall 2009

"This would be useful in a middle school or high school library or in an English classroom."

Children's Literature

"The writing is conversational but intelligent . . . These books would be great supplemental texts for teachers in grades eight through twelve who teach poetry . . ."

VOYA, February 2010

"This book will provide a good starting point for student report writing. This would make a wonderful addition to any library collection."

Highlands Regional Library Cooperative, February 25, 2010

". . . an excellent source for students doing research or teachers who need additional material for classes. The entries for each poet are well written and engaging . . . The explanations are easy to understand and brief enough to not scare students away."

Catholic Library World, December 2010

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