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Graded Poetry: Seventh Year   By:

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Katherine D. Blake Principal, Girls' Department Public School No. 6, New York City


Georgia Alexander Supervising Principal, Indianapolis, Indiana



Poetry is the chosen language of childhood and youth. The baby repeats words again and again for the mere joy of their sound: the melody of nursery rhymes gives a delight which is quite independent of the meaning of the words. Not until youth approaches maturity is there an equal pleasure in the rounded periods of elegant prose. It is in childhood therefore that the young mind should be stored with poems whose rhythm will be a present delight and whose beautiful thoughts will not lose their charm in later years.

The selections for the lowest grades are addressed primarily to the feeling for verbal beauty, the recognition of which in the mind of the child is fundamental to the plan of this work. The editors have felt that the inclusion of critical notes in these little books intended for elementary school children would be not only superfluous, but, in the degree in which critical comment drew the child's attention from the text, subversive of the desired result. Nor are there any notes on methods. The best way to teach children to love a poem is to read it inspiringly to them. The French say: "The ear is the pathway to the heart." A poem should be so read that it will sing itself in the hearts of the listening children.

In the brief biographies appended to the later books the human element has been brought out. An effort has been made to call attention to the education of the poet and his equipment for his life work rather than to the literary qualities of his style.



Good Name William Shakespeare From "Love's Labor's Lost". William Shakespeare From "Richard II," Act II, Sc. I William Shakespeare Jog on, Jog on William Shakespeare The Downfall of Wolsey William Shakespeare The Noble Nature Ben Johnson Song on a May Morning John Milton O God, our Help in Ages Past. Isaac Watts The Diverting History of John Gilpin William Cowper Bannockburn Robert Burns My Heart's in the Highlands Robert Burns The Solitary Reaper William Wordsworth Sonnet William Wordsworth "Soldier, Rest!" Walter Scott Lochinvar Walter Scott The Star Spangled Banner Francis Scott Key Hohenlinden Thomas Campbell The Harp that Once through Tara's Halls Thomas Moore Childe Harold's Farewell to England George Noel Gordon, Lord Byron The Night before Waterloo George Noel Gordon, Lord Byron Abide with Me Henry Francis Lyte Horatius at the Bridge Thomas B. Macauley


Early Spring Alfred, Lord Tennyson Sir Galahad Alfred, Lord Tennyson The Charge of the Light Brigade Alfred, Lord Tennyson Ring out, Wild Bells. From "In Memoriam" Alfred, Lord Tennyson A Christmas Hymn Alfred Domett Home Thoughts from Abroad Robert Browning Pheidippides Robert Browning A Song of Clover Saxe Holm Song of Love Lewis Carroll Scythe Song Andrew Lang White Butterflies Algernon Charles Swinburne Recessional. A Victorian Ode Rudyard Kipling To a Waterfowl William Cullen Bryant The Death of the Flowers William Cullen Bryant Thanatopsis William Cullen Bryant From "Woodnotes" Ralph Waldo Emerson Daybreak Henry Wadsworth Longfellow The Fiftieth Birthday of Agassiz Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Hymn to the Night Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Longing James Russell Lowell The Finding of the Lyre James Russell Lowell Waiting John Burroughs Columbus Joaquin Miller Evening Songs John Vance Cheney A Vagabond Song Bliss Carman Old Glory James Whitcomb Riley Kavanagh Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Good name in man and woman, dear my lord, Is the immediate jewel of their souls: Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing; 'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands; But he that filches from me my good name Robs me of that which not enriches him And makes me poor indeed... Continue reading book >>

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