The Oxford Book of Children's Verse in America

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Donald Hall
Oxford University Press, 1990 M12 13 - 368 pages
Compiled by the award-winning poet and author of children's books, Donald Hall, this delightful anthology follows in the tradition of Iona and Peter Opie's classic Oxford Book of Children's Verse. Hall brings together poems written specifically for children and also those written for anyone and enjoyed by children and adults alike. He presents over two hundred fifty poems written by over one hundred different American poets--including anonymous works, ballads, and recitation pieces--that range from the Calvinist verses of the seventeenth century to the fabulous nonsense poems of the present. Drawing on literally thousands of sources--including Sunday School magazines, Christmas annuals for children, and such wonderful children's periodicals as St. Nicholas and Youth's Companion--Hall gives the modern reader a rich sampling of many poems never before anthologized. He includes everyone's favorites, from Clement Clarke Moore's "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (a.k.a. "The Night Before Christmas") to the classic lines of Longfellow and Whittier. Along with Sarah Josepha Hale's famous poem, "Mary's Lamb," we find poetry by Emily Dickinson, Mary Mapes Dodge, Palmer Cox, Sarah Orne Jewett, Laura E. Richards, and Gelett Burgess. He also covers the twentieth-century with verse by T.S. Eliot, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Langston Hughes, Ogden Nash, Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel), and Randall Jarrell, just to name a few. Hall concludes with the poetry of present-day writers such as Shel Silverstein and Nancy Willard. A testament to a captivating tradition in American literature, this anthology will encourage many hours of nostalgic browsing and reading aloud to children.

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Contents

The Bay Psalm Book
3
MICHAEL WIGGLESWORTH 16311705
4
The New England Primer
7
PHILIP FRENEAU 17521832
13
CLEMENT CLARKE MOORE 17791863
15
ELIZA LEE FOLLEN 17871860
17
SARAH JOSEPHA HALE 17881879
19
HANNAH F GOULD 17891865
21
R K MUNKITTRICK 18531911
174
EDITH M THOMAS 18541925
177
LIZETTE WOODWORTH REESE 18561935
179
TUDOR JENKS 18571922
181
HAMLIN GARLAND 18601940
182
FRANK DEMPSTER SHERMAN 18601916
184
ALBERT BIGELOW PAINE 18611937
185
JOHN KENDRICK BANGS 18621922
187

LYDIA HUNTLEY SIGOURNEY 17911865
24
WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT 17941878
27
CAROLINE GILMAN 17941888
31
ANNA MARIA WELLS 17951868
36
LYDIA MARIA CHILD 18021880
38
RALPH WALDO EMERSON 18031882
39
EMMA C EMBURY 18061863
40
N P WILLIS 18061867
41
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW 18071882
42
JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER 18071892
54
OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES 18091894
64
EDGAR ALLAN POE 18091849
69
C P CRANCH 18131892
78
JOHN GODFREY SAXE 18161887
82
JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL 18191891
84
WALT WHITMAN 18191892
87
ALICE CARY 18201871
88
PHOEBE CARY 18241871
89
LUCY LARCOM 18241893
92
ROSE TERRY COOKE 18271892
98
JOHN TOWNSEND TROWBRIDGE 18271916
99
EMILY DICKINSON 18301886
107
HELEN HUNT JACKSON 18301885
111
MARY MAPES DODGE 18311905
113
LOUISA MAY ALCOTT 18321888
116
ELIZABETH AKERS ALLEN 18321911
118
SUSAN COOLIDGE SARAH CHAUNCEY WOOLSEY 18351905
122
NATHANIEL GRAHAM SHEPHERD 18351869
126
HARRIET PRESCOTT SPOFFORD 18351921
128
CELIA THAXTER 18351894
129
CLARA DOTY BATES 18381895
136
PALMER COX 18401924
138
CHARLES E CARRYL 18411920
140
MARIAN DOUGLAS ANNIE DOUGLAS GREEN ROBINSON 18421913
143
SARAH ORNE JEWETT 18491909
145
JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY 18491916
146
ELIZABETH T CORBETT fl 1878
152
ANONYMOUS
155
SYDNEY DAYRE MRS COCHRAN fl 1881
158
EUGENE FIELD 18501895
160
LAURA E RICHARDS 18501943
163
JOHN BROWNJOHN CHARLES REMINGTON TALBOT 18511891
170
MARY E WELKINS FREEMAN 18521930
171
AMOS R WELLS 18621933
190
CAROLYN WELLS 18621942
191
OLIVER HERFORD 18631935
193
KATHARINE PYLE 18631938
197
ERNEST LAWRENCE THAYER 18631940
205
JOHN BENNETT 18651956
207
GELETT BURGESS 18661951
208
ARTHUR GUITERMAN 18711943
210
GUY WETMORE CARRYL 18731904
212
ROBERT FROST 18741963
215
GERTRUDE STEIN 18741946
216
VACHEL LINDSAY 18791931
218
SARA TEASDALE 18841933
221
ELIZABETH MADOX ROBERTS 18861941
223
T S ELIOT 18881965
225
EDNA ST VINCENT MILLAY 18921950
230
MORRIS BISHOP 18931973
232
ELIZABETH COATSWORTH 1893
233
RACHEL FIELD 18941942
239
DAVID MCCORD 1897
241
STEPHEN VINCENT BENÉT 18981943 and ROSEMARY BENÉT 18981962
244
LANGSTON HUGHES 19021967
246
OGDEN NASH 19021971
248
COUNTEE CULLEN 19031946
253
DR SEUSS THEODORE GEISEL 1904
254
PHYLLIS MCGINLEY 19051978
255
THEODORE ROETHKE 19081963
256
MARGARET WISE BROWN 19101952
258
RANDALL JARRELL 19141965
259
JOHN CIARDI 1916
261
EVE MERRIAM 1916
265
WILLIAM JAY SMITH 1918
266
MAY SWENSON 1919
269
RICHARD WILBUR 1921
271
MARY ANN HOBERMAN 1930
274
SHEL SILVERSTEIN 1932
276
JOHN UPDIKE 1932
281
NANCY WILLARD 1936
282
JACK PRELUTSKY 1940
285
Notes
289
Index
311
Index of First Lines and Titles
313
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Donald Hall is the author of many books, including The Oxford Book of American Literary Anecdotes, Kicking the Leaves, The Man Who Lived Alone, Ox-Cart Man, Anecdotes of Modern Art (co-written with Pat Corrington Wykes), and the forthcoming Old and New Poems.

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