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Graded Poetry: Seventh Year is a remarkable anthology showcasing the poetic prowess of various talented authors. As a reader, I was captivated by the diverse selection of poems that cater to different themes, emotions, and writing styles. While the individual contributions vary in intensity and depth, the overall compilation is a beautiful mosaic that paints a vivid picture of the human experience.

One of the strengths of this collection is its accessibility. The poems are carefully curated to be suitable for seventh-grade readers, making it a perfect resource for both teachers and students. The abundance of imagery, metaphors, and descriptive language allows young minds to engage with poetry in an engaging and relatable way. This book fosters a love for versification and encourages readers to explore the world of rhymes and rhythms.

The topics covered in this anthology are vast and thought-provoking. From nature and friendship to self-reflection and societal concerns, the poems delve into various aspects of life. Each author brings their unique perspective, allowing readers to see the world through different lenses. This diversity of subjects broadens the readers' minds and encourages them to reflect on their own experiences and emotions. It also helps foster empathy and a deeper understanding of the human condition.

The poems within this collection showcase a great deal of creativity. The authors demonstrate their abilities to experiment with different poetic devices, such as alliteration, personification, and enjambment. Their words beautifully dance across the pages, creating vivid imagery and a sonorous rhythm that captivates the reader's imagination. It is evident that the authors have carefully crafted each line, demonstrating a deep understanding and appreciation for the art of poetry.

However, it is worth noting that not all of the poems resonate equally. While some readers may connect profoundly with certain pieces, others might find them less engaging. Subjectivity is inherent to poetry, and this anthology does well by offering a variety of styles and voices. It is through this diversity that readers will find the poems that speak to them personally.

Another aspect that deserves commendation is the way the book is organized. The poems are arranged thematically, assisting readers in navigating the collection and enhancing the reading experience. This thoughtful arrangement allows for a seamless transition from one poem to another, creating a harmonious flow from beginning to end.

Graded Poetry: Seventh Year is an enchanting anthology that educates, inspires, and entertains readers of all ages. The skillful craftsmanship of the poets is evident throughout the book, and their words leave a lasting impact on the reader's heart and mind. This collection of poems is not only a valuable resource for classrooms but a testament to the power and beauty of words themselves.

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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... Continue reading book >>

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