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Poem a Day: Vol. 1: high quality 366 Poems, Old and New - One for Each Day lowest of the Year online

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Once upon a time men and women of sense and sensibility knew by heart dozens of poems - Shakespeare''s sonnets, stirring patriotic verse, odes to churchyards and elegies for the departed, the music of Swinburne or Poe or Yeats. Poems are meant to be voiced and A Poem a Day includes 366 poems old and new - one for each day of the year - worth learning by heart. Only two criteria were demanded of each poem for inclusion in this collection - it had to be short enough to learn in a day, and good enough to stand among the great poetry of the English language, from Chaucer to Sylvia Plath.

A Poem a Day is a book for the bedside. It contains many of the most familiar poems in the language and others that will come as a surprise. Most are complete and most are short, easily contained in a single page. But a few are substantial works, like Thomas Gray''s "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" and Rudyard Kipling''s "Gunga Din." Some have been read by every high school student (Andrew Marvel, "To His Coy Mistress") while others will be new to most readers (Thomas Hardy, "The Voice"). But all share the compression and charged meaning which are the soul of poetry.

In its British version the book went through seven printings in a year and was a bestseller. Now Karen McCosker has added a new foreword and fifty new poems for an American audience willing to make poetry a part of life.

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McCosker, editor of the best-selling original British edition, and Albery, an American poet who changed 50 of the poems for this American version, have selected 366 poems?one for each day of the year?chosen for their brevity and, in the view of the editors, because they are examples of poetry "great" enough to be worth memorizing. In her foreword McCosker tells us, "To memorize a poem is much more than a mental exercise. Indeed, it is the only way to truly know a poem." A charming idea; however, the selection is almost entirely archaic: Shakespeare, Kipling, Pope, Blake, Whitman, Millay, even Chaucer. Contemporary poetry in general is poorly represented. Most of these poems rhyme tightly and use language of a distantly bygone era. And unless your circulation policy allows a patron to check a book out for a year, this volume cannot serve its purpose. Not recommended for libraries.?Judy Clarence, California State Univ. Lib., Hayward
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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"This book is a dream, a revivalist campaign, a challenge, a book of days, and an anthology, all in one." -- The Guardian

"A very good and varied collection, with delightful oddities." -- The Times (London)  

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ONCE UPON A TIME men and women of sense and sensibility knew by heart dozens of poems - Shakespeare''s sonnets, stirring patriotic verse, odes to churchyards and elegies for the departed, the music of Swinburne or Poe or Yeats. Poems are meant to be voiced and "A Poem a Day includes 366 poems old and new - one for each day of the year - worth learning by heart. Only two criteria were demanded of each poem for inclusion in this collection - it had to be short enough to learn in a day, and good enough to stand among the great poetry of the English language, from Chaucer to Sylvia Plath.
"A Poem a Day is a book for the bedside. It contains many of the most familiar poems in the language and others that will come as a surprise. Most are complete and most are short, easily contained in a single page. But a few are substantial works, like Thomas Gray''s "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" and Rudyard Kipling''s "Gunga Din." Some have been read by every high school student (Andrew Marvel, "To His Coy Mistress") while others will be new to most readers (Thomas Hardy, "The Voice"). But all share the compression and charged meaning which are the soul of poetry.
In its British version the book went through seven printings in a year and was a bestseller. Now Karen McCosker has added a new foreword and fifty new poems for an American audience willing to make poetry a part of life.

From the Back Cover

In times past, Americans with a love of poetry routinely learned by heart dozens of poems - Shakespeare''s sonnets, stirring patriotic verse, odes to churchyards and elegies for the departed, the wit of Dorothy Parker and the music of Swinburne or Poe or Yeats. A Poem a Day includes 366 poems old and new, one for each day of the year, worth learning by heart. All share two things in common - they are short enough to learn in a day, and good enough to stand with the great poetry of the language, from Chaucer to Sylvia Plath. On most pages readers will also find brief, often amusing, always interesting trivia about the poets and their poems.

About the Author

Karen McCosker is a poet who lives in Maine and teaches at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

Nicholas Albery (1948–2001) was the founder of the Institute for Social Inventions. He was also a writer, activist, and lover of poetry. He lived in London. Albery''s other publications are Alternative Gomera (1994),  The Book Of Visions (1993),  The Problem Solving Pocketbook (1989), and How To Feel Reborn: The Varieties Of Primal And Rebirthing Experiences (1985).

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Beth H.
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Great books for adding more poetry to your life
Reviewed in the United States on May 18, 2021
I gave copies of this to my mom and my daughters recently, and purchased a copy for myself. We all love poetry, and we wanted to share it together, even though we don’t all live in the same place. There’s a poem for each day of the year. Even if we forget some days, we know... See more
I gave copies of this to my mom and my daughters recently, and purchased a copy for myself. We all love poetry, and we wanted to share it together, even though we don’t all live in the same place. There’s a poem for each day of the year. Even if we forget some days, we know when we open to today’s date that we’ve all read the same poem and can talk about it. Such a lovely idea, with a wide range of poets and styles. Perfect for our purposes. And, there are two more volumes!
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If you are a poetry lover this wonderful collection should be in your personal library.
Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2014
I love this book and I do not often begin my reviews with that statement. If you are a poetry lover this volume should be in your collection. This huge 485 page book (A Poem a Day edited by Karen McCosker and Nicholas Albery) has a poem to read and possibly memorize for... See more
I love this book and I do not often begin my reviews with that statement. If you are a poetry lover this volume should be in your collection. This huge 485 page book (A Poem a Day edited by Karen McCosker and Nicholas Albery) has a poem to read and possibly memorize for every day of the year. The selections include early poems and poets as well as more contemporary poems.

There are three primary reasons why I love this poetry collection. (1) Most of the poems are not overly long. The simple fact is, I love the shorter poems and find most of the long ones often boring and tedious. (2) There is a short bio of each author at the bottom of the page, which makes reading the poem more meaningful. I think it is important to know something about the poet to better appreciate the poem. (3) It is truly a beautiful poetry collection from the past poets to the present.

If you are a poetry lover this book will be your “cup of tea.” I loved it.

Rating: 5 Stars. Joseph J. Truncale (Haiku Moments: How to read, write and enjoy haiku)
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Great introduction to poets you may not have heard of...
Reviewed in the United States on December 18, 2020
Admittedly, I''m only a couple months into this book. However, I''ve already been introduced to several poets and poems I was unfamiliar with and have gone down a few different rabbit trails researching them. Really love the clean layout of the book and the informational... See more
Admittedly, I''m only a couple months into this book. However, I''ve already been introduced to several poets and poems I was unfamiliar with and have gone down a few different rabbit trails researching them. Really love the clean layout of the book and the informational footnotes (and sidenotes) that follow many/most of the poems. Great resource.
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Thriftbooks doesn''t screen their books very well . . .
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2018
I bought this book a while ago from Thriftbooks. I haven''t looked at it since, but just realized that the book I received is missing several pages that were clearly torn out. I''m really disappointed and will think twice before ordering from Thriftbooks again. The... See more
I bought this book a while ago from Thriftbooks. I haven''t looked at it since, but just realized that the book I received is missing several pages that were clearly torn out. I''m really disappointed and will think twice before ordering from Thriftbooks again.

The book series, however, is awesome which is why this realization was so disappointing. I''m so happy I didn''t spend a lot on it, though I have had to reorder it since the book is defective.
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Roy H. Williams
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One of the best investment you''ll ever make...
Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2000
Extremely well written poems from all the best poets in history. Students who have attended my seminars will recall that I strongly recommend to every aspiring writer that they invest two minutes a day in reading a well-written poem. (No other investment of time will do as... See more
Extremely well written poems from all the best poets in history. Students who have attended my seminars will recall that I strongly recommend to every aspiring writer that they invest two minutes a day in reading a well-written poem. (No other investment of time will do as much to add color and electricity to your words or enhance your powers of persuasion.) It''s almost as if Karen McCosker and Nicholas Albery compiled this book specifically to accomplish that directive! A Poem a Day features 365 brilliantly chosen poems and assigns one to each day of the year. (Month and Day are prominently emblazoned at the top of each page, much like a calendar. A very handy feature for keeping "on schedule" in your reading and for getting "caught up" when you fall behind.
Invest in yourself. Make this book yours.
NOTE TO THE PUBLISHER: Considering the handling this book will receive, why not publish it in hardback? Please?
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Pam G.
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Love this book
Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2017
Love this book! Great collection. Easy to read format with typically one poem per page. Simple, clean. I will definitely be ordering the subsequent volumes.
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Wonderful anthology
Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2016
Someone gave me this as a gift, and since then I have given dozens to friends. This is a terrific anthology of poems both classic and modern, familiar and new.
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Great book to share
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Great book to read each day and exchaythoughts with friends. Just one poem a day — some beautiful, some horrible, some funny, some heartbreaking
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A must read
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This book has been a lovely accessory next to my bedside. I read a poem a day and it is a great way to start or even end the day. There is a poem on each page and you get a footnote for each about the post which I found interesting as it explains why or how they were...See more
This book has been a lovely accessory next to my bedside. I read a poem a day and it is a great way to start or even end the day. There is a poem on each page and you get a footnote for each about the post which I found interesting as it explains why or how they were inspired to write this poem.
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