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Poems Every Child Should Know


1. 01 – Preface
2. 02 – The Arrow and the Song; The Babie; Let Dogs Delight to Bark and Bite; Little Drops of Water; He Prayeth Best; Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star; Spring’s at the Morn; The Days of the Month
3. 03 – True Royalty; Playing Robinson Crusoe; My Shadow; Little White Lily
4. 04 – How the Leaves Came Down; Wee Willie Winkie; The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
5. 05 – Wynken, Blynken, and Nod; The Duel
6. 06 – The Boy Who Never Told a Lie; Whatever Brawls Disturb the Street; Bluebell of Scotland; Two Little Wings; Farewell
7. 07 – Casabianca; The Captain’s Daughter
8. 08 – The Village Blacksmith; Sweet and Low; The Violet; The Rainbow
9. 09 – A Visit from St. Nicholas; The Star-Spangled Banner
10. 10 – Father William; The Nightingale and the Glow-worm
11. 11 – Jack Frost; The Owl; Little Billie
12. 12 – The Butterfly and the Bee; An Incident of the French Camp; Robert of Lincoln
13. 13 – Old Grimes; Song of Life; Fairy Song
14. 14 – A Boy’s Song; Buttercups and Daisies; The Rainbow; Old Ironsides
15. 15 – Little Orphant Annie; O Captain My Captain
16. 16 – Ingratitude; The Ivy Green; The Noble Nature; The Flying Squirrel
17. 17 – Warren’s Address; The Song in Camp; The Bugle Song
18. 18 – The Three Bells of Glasgow; Sheridan’s Ride
19. 19 – The Sandpiper; Lady Clare
20. 20 – The Lord of Burleigh
21. 21 – Hiawatha’s Childhood
22. 22 – I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud; John Barelycorn; A Life on the Ocean Wave
23. 23 – The Death of the Old Year; Abou Ben Adhem
24. 24 – A Farm-Yard Song
25. 25 – To a Mouse; To a Mountain Daisy
26. 26 – Barbara Frietchie
27. 27 – Lochinvar
28. 28 – Lord Ullin’s Daughter; The Charge of the Light Brigade
29. 29 – The Tournament; The Wind and the Moon
30. 30 – Jesus the Carpenter; Letty’s Globe; A Dream; Heaven is not Reached at a Single Bound
31. 31 – The Battle of Blenheim
32. 32 – Fidelity; The Chambered Nautilus
33. 33 – Crossing the Bar; The Overland-Mail; Pibroch of Donuil Dhu
34. 34 – Marco Bozzaris
35. 35 – The Death of Napoleon; How Sleep the Brave; The Flag Goes By; Hohenlinden; My Old Kentucky Home
36. 36 – Old Folks at Home; The Wreck of the Hesperus
37. 37 – Robert Bruce’s Address to his Army; The Inchcape Rock
38. 38 – The Finding of the Lyre; A Chrysalis
39. 39 – For a’ That and a’ That; The New Arrival
40. 40 – The Brook; The Ballad of the Clampherdown
41. 41 – The Destruction of Sennacherib; I Remember, I Remember; Driving Home the Cows
42. 42 – Krinken; Stevenson’s Birthday
43. 43 – A Modest Wit; The Legend of Bishop Hatto
44. 44 – Columbus; The Shepherd of King Admetus
45. 45 – How They Brought the Good News from Ghent to Aix
46. 46 – The Burial of Sir John Moore at Corunna; The Eve of Waterloo
47. 47 – Ivry
48. 48 – The Glove and the Lions; The Well of St. Keyne
49. 49 – The Nautilus and the Ammonite; The Solitude of Alexander Selkirk
50. 50 – The Homes of England; Horatius at the Bridge (Part 1)
51. 51 – Horatius at the Bridge (Part 2)
52. 52 – The Planting of the Apple Tree
53. 53 – June; A Psalm of Life; Barnacles
54. 54 – A Happy Life; Home, Sweet Home; Juliet of Nations; Woodman, Spare That Tree
55. 55 – Abide With Me; Lead, Kindly Light; The Last Rose of Summer; Annie Laurie
56. 56 – The Ship of State; America; The Landing of the Pilgrims
57. 57 – The Lotos-Eaters; Moly
58. 58 – Cupid Drowned; Cupid Stung; Cupid and my Campasbe; A Ballad for a Boy
59. 59 – The Skeleton in Armour
60. 60 – The Revenge
61. 61 – Sir Galahad; A Name in the Sand
62. 62 – The Voice of Spring; The Forsaken Merman
63. 63 – The Banks o’ Doon; The Light of Other Days; My Own Shall Come to Me
64. 64 – Ode to a Skylark; The Sands of Dee
65. 65 – A Wish; Lucy; Solitude; John Anderson; The God of Music
66. 66 – A Musical Instrument; The Brides of Enderby
67. 67 – The Lye; L’Envoi
68. 68 – Contentment; The Harp That Once Through Tara’s Halls; The Old Oaken Bucket
69. 69 – The Raven
70. 70 – Arnold von Winkelried
71. 71 – Life I Know Not What Thou Art; Mercy; Polonius’ Advice; Antony’s Speech; The Skylark
72. 72 – The Choir Invisible; The World is Too Much With Us; Sonnet on His Blindness; She Was a Phantom of Delight
73. 73 – Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
74. 74 – Rabbi Ben Ezra
75. 75 – Prospice; Recessional; Ozymandias of Egypt
76. 76 – Mortality; On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer
77. 77 – Herve Riel
78. 78 – The Problem; To America
79. 79 – The English Flag
80. 80 – The Man with the Hoe
81. 81 – Song of Myself (excerpts)

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A treasure trove of more than two hundred poems, this gem of an anthology compiled by Mary E Burt is indeed a most valuable set of poems to read or listen to. Published in 1904, Poems Every Child Should Know contains some well-loved verses like Thomas Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, Lewis Carroll's delightful parody Father William, Felicia Hemans' deeply-moving Casablanca and other favorites. It also has lesser-known but equally beautiful pieces like Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's The Arrow and The Song, Robert Browning's The Incident of the French Camp, Eugene Field's nonsense lyrics Wynken, Blynken and Nod and a host of other wonderful verses. For modern day children, unaccustomed to reading and memorizing poetry, the book is a throwback to the days when this was the norm in most classrooms and homes. Fragments from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, in which Mark Antony pays tribute to the dead Brutus, Polonius' advice to his son Laertes from Hamlet with the stirring lines, “This above all: to thine own self be true...” are some of the masterpieces contained here. Poems Every Child Should Know also contained some of the most famous poems in English by poets like Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Browning and Milton. American poets like Walt Whitman are featured here with their immortal lines in poems like Song of Myself. Another famous American poet found here is Edgar Allan Poe with his iconic The Raven. The book is divided into six parts, with a very interesting and self explanatory preface by the author. She begins with something that readers would say when they first encounter a poetry anthology: “Is this another collection of stupid poems that children cannot use?” and goes on to explain how she selected the ones included here. Most of them were picked because they were short enough for a child to memorize. This is a now forgotten activity that can give hours of pleasure as you recall the lines long after you've put away the book. Others were chosen for the heroic and patriotic sentiments, like The Star Spangled Banner, Lord Ullin's Daughter, The Charge of the Light Brigade, Horatius at the Bridge and a host of other inspiring poems. Mary Elizabeth Burt was a gifted teacher who believed that poetry had the power to inspire, educate and mold young minds so that they could mature into valuable and useful citizens of the country. For modern day readers, this is indeed a delightful collection, which offers endless hours of pleasure as you thumb through rediscovering old favorites, and enjoying new ones.



- Thank you, Kara!

Very clear and understandable reading. Thank you.


- Very special...

What a wonderful collection of poems! Many thanks to Kara for bringing these words to life.

Hava Shalit

Lovely poems!


- Poetry & Kara

Kara does a great job reading this selection of poetry. Good to see some of a wide range of classics, and personal favourites, are covered. Nice job!


- Poems

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