Favorite Poems Old and New
A few years ago, I was looking through a homeschool catalog and came across a review of a collection of poetry. The title Favorite Poems Old and New sounded familiar. A quick perusal of my own bookshelves turned up the well-worn copy of this book that I inherited from my great-aunt. This 1957 classic was reissued in 2009.
Adding a little poetry to the day is a lovely addition to your children’s education. Favorite Poems Old and New makes it easy! The book starts out with Helen Ferris describing the fond memories of her parents reading poetry to Helen and her brother when they were children. It’s apparent that poetry reading was a wonderful part of her childhood, and she assembled a solid collection of it for this book.
Some of the poets’ names are quickly recognizable: Emily Dickinson, Alfred Tennyson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Christina Rossetti, Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Greenleaf Whittier, and many more. The poems are grouped into chapters with a common theme for each one such as “My Family and I,” “People to Know, Friends to Make,” and “Animal Pets and Otherwise.” This hefty, 598-page hardcover contains a wide assortment of classic poetry. If you could only have one collection of poetry for your children to enjoy, then Favorite Poems Old and New would be a good choice.
While not specifically a book of “Christian” poetry, Miss Ferris has included a number of Scripture passages and Psalms in Favorite Poems Old and New. Many of the poems speak of God and faith in him.
This is yet another book that I enjoyed tremendously when I was a child and have the pleasure of sharing it with my own children now. My six-year-old daughter never fails to ask me to read “just one more” whenever I read to them from Favorite Poems Old and New! There is truly something for everyone, and even teenagers and adults will find poems that appeal to them. This would be a wonderful addition to any family library.
Perhaps Emily Dickinson said it best in an excerpt from her poem, A Book:
There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
Favorite Poems Old and New was compiled by Helen Ferris and illustrated by Leonard Weisgard. It was originally published by Doubleday & Company, Inc. in 1957.
Last Updated: October 10, 2011
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