From beloved classics like Rudyard Kipling's "If' and Robert Frost's "The Road Less Traveled" to family favorites like Ernest Lawrence Thayer's "Casey at the Bat" and Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky", the poems in this collection will engage and delight both young and old. The poets include some of the greatest names in literature -- Shakespeare, Poe, Whitman, Bronte, Hardy, Browning, cummings, Joyce, and Dickinson. A truly timeless collection, Committed to Memory is a gift of love and language that will enrich readers' lives for years to come.
Somewhere along the way those who decide such things decided that memorizing poems was not really important to education. Of course, it wasn't really. However, it was a pleasure, and generations of young people are growing up today without knowing it, which is a shame. Hollander (American Poetry, LJ 9/1/93) has selected 100 poems by poets‘including lyrics and narratives, meditations and counsels‘ranging from Blake and Hughes, Bishop and Thomas, to Yeats and Hayden . These are classics that lend themselves to memory, being short; often in form, or at least metrical; always rhythmic; and delightful. Most readers will find old favorites and new gems here. It is a fine collection‘for browsing, for reading, and for committing to memory. Recommended.‘Louis McKee, Painted Bride Arts Ctr., Philadelphia