The Everyman Anthology of Poetry for Children


Main Details
Compiled by Gillian Avery
Illustrator Thomas Bewick
Imprint Everyman's Library
Series Everyman's Library Children's Classics
Imprint Alfred A. Knopf
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.
Copyright Holder David Campbell Publishers Ltd.
Book Design by Barbara Wilde*
Book Design by Carol Devine Carson
Book Design by Peter B. Willberg
Illustrator Ernest H. Shepard
Illustrator S.C. Hulme Beaman*
Distributed by/Director of Distribution Random House, Inc.
Printed and Bound by Mohndruck Graphische Betriebe GmbH
Contributing Writer A. E. Housman
Contributing Writer Alexander Pope
Contributing Writer Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Contributing Writer Anonymous
Contributing Writer Anthony Thwaite
Contributing Writer Ben Jonson
Contributing Writer Brian Patten
Contributing Writer Celia Thaxter
Contributing Writer Ch'eng Hsaio
Contributing Writer Charles Causley
Contributing Writer Charles Dibdin
Contributing Writer Christina Rossetti
Contributing Writer Christopher Smart
Contributing Writer Colley Cibber
Contributing Writer Coventry Patmore
Contributing Writer Dave Goulder
Contributing Writer David McCord
Contributing Writer Donald Justice
Contributing Writer E. V. Rieu*
Contributing Writer Edith Sitwell
Contributing Writer Edward Lear
Contributing Writer Edward Thomas
Contributing Writer Edwin Muir
Contributing Writer Elizabeth Bishop
Contributing Writer Elizabeth Jennings
Contributing Writer Emily Dickinson
Contributing Writer Ezra Pound
Contributing Writer Frances Cornford
Contributing Writer G. K. Chesterton
Contributing Writer George Gordon, Lord Byron*
Contributing Writer George Herbert
Contributing Writer Geormbeeyi Adali-Mortti
Contributing Writer Gerard Manley Hopkins
Contributing Writer Gwendolyn Brooks
Contributing Writer Henry Carey
Contributing Writer Henry Vaughan
Contributing Writer Hilaire Belloc
Contributing Writer Hugh Peters
Contributing Writer Ivor Gurney
Contributing Writer James D. Rubadiri
Contributing Writer James Elroy Flecker
Contributing Writer James Hogg
Contributing Writer James Reeves
Contributing Writer James Whitcomb Riley
Contributing Writer John Clare
Contributing Writer John Crowe Ransom
Contributing Writer John Donne
Contributing Writer John Dryden
Contributing Writer John Keats
Contributing Writer John Masefield
Contributing Writer John Milton
Contributing Writer John O'Keeffe
Contributing Writer John Oldham
Contributing Writer John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester
Contributing Writer Kojo Gyinaye Kyei
Contributing Writer Langston Hughes
Contributing Writer Laura Richards*
Contributing Writer Lewis Carroll
Contributing Writer Louis MacNeice
Contributing Writer Louise Bogan
Contributing Writer Marjory Fleming
Contributing Writer Mikhail Yurievich Lermontov
Contributing Writer Norman MacCaig
Contributing Writer Ogden Nash
Contributing Writer Oliver Goldsmith
Contributing Writer Padraic Colum
Contributing Writer Percy Bysshe Shelley
Contributing Writer Peter Abrahams
Contributing Writer Philip Larkin
Contributing Writer Richard Corbet
Contributing Writer Richard Wilbur
Contributing Writer Robert Bridges
Contributing Writer Robert Browning
Contributing Writer Robert Frost
Contributing Writer Robert Graves
Contributing Writer Robert Hayden
Contributing Writer Robert Herrick
Contributing Writer Robert Louis Stevenson
Contributing Writer Robert Southwell
Contributing Writer Rudyard Kipling
Contributing Writer Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Contributing Writer Seamus Heaney
Contributing Writer Shu Hsi
Contributing Writer Sir John Beaumont
Contributing Writer Sir John Betjeman*
Contributing Writer Sir John Suckling
Contributing Writer Sir Noel Coward*
Contributing Writer Sir Philip Sidney
Contributing Writer Sir Thomas Browne
Contributing Writer Sir Walter A. Raleigh
Contributing Writer Sir Walter Scott
Contributing Writer Stephen Vincent Benet*
Contributing Writer Sydney Carter
Contributing Writer Sylvia Plath
Contributing Writer T. S. Eliot
Contributing Writer Ted Hughes
Contributing Writer Thom Gunn
Contributing Writer Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay*
Contributing Writer Thomas Brown
Contributing Writer Thomas Dekker
Contributing Writer Thomas Gray
Contributing Writer Thomas Hardy
Contributing Writer Vachel Lindsay
Contributing Writer W. B. Yeats*
Contributing Writer W. H. Auden
Contributing Writer Walt Whitman
Contributing Writer Walter de la Mare
Contributing Writer Walter Savage Landor
Contributing Writer Wilfred Owen
Contributing Writer William (Johnson) Cory*
Contributing Writer William Blake
Contributing Writer William Cowper
Contributing Writer William Makepeace Thackeray
Contributing Writer William Plomer
Contributing Writer William Wordsworth
Contributing Writer William Shakespeare
Translated by Arthur Waley
Translated by A. C. Jordan
Translated by Robin Flower
Translated by Ulli Beier
Translated by Cornford*
Translated by Salaman*
Translated by Helen Waddell
Identifying Codes
ISBN 10 0-679-43634-0
Format Hardback
Publication Location New York; Toronto
Page Count 379 pages
Language English
Chapters Preface

Rhymes and Nonsense

Anonymous: Gray Goose
Anonymous: The Boatman
Anonymous: I Had a Little Castle
Anonymous: The Bellman's Song
Anonymous: The Owl
Ben Jonson: A Catch
Anonymous: The Man in the Wilderness
Anonymous: I'll Bark against the Dog-Star
Anonymous: The Merry Bells of London
Anonymous: Upon Paul's Steeple
Anonymous: Trip upon Trenchers
Anonymous: A Man of Words
Anonymous: White Bird Featherless
Anonymous: The Key of the Kingdom
Anonymous: The Frog and Mouse
Anonymous: Three Young Rats
Anonymous: The Fox's Raid
Anonymous: The Drunkard and the Pig
Anonymous: Black Sheep
Anonymous: Sisters
Anonymous: There Was a Monkey
William Makepeace Thackeray: A Tragic Story
Lewis Carroll: The Three Badgers
Edward Lear: The Table and the Chair
Laura Richards: The Owl and the Eel and the Warming-Pan
Edward Lear: Calico Pie
James Whitcomb Riley: Craqueodoom
Anonymous: The Foolish Boy
Anonymous: I Sometimes Think
Anonymous: The Common Cormorant
Vachel Lindsay: Two Old Crows
Anonymous: Clementine
Anonymous: The Eddystone Light

The Year and Its Seasons

Ogden Nash: It's Never Fair Weather
Anonymous: A New Year Carol
Shu Hsi trans. Arthur Waley: Hot Cake
William Shakespeare: Winter
John Keats: From The Eve of St Agnes
Robert Bridges: London Snow
Thomas Hardy: Birds at Winter Nightfall
Thomas Hardy: Winter in Durnover Field
Robert Graves: Star-Talk
Walter de la Mare: The Scarecrow
Robert Herrick: Ceremonies for Candlemass Eve
Charles Causley: At Candlemass
Ivor Gurney: When March Blows
William Shakespeare: Spring
Thomas Hardy: Weathers
John Clare: Spring
Christopher Smart: Mirth
William Wordsworth: A Summer's Day
Emily Dickinson: Answer July
Robert Frost: The Oven Bird
Ch'eng Hsaio trans. Arthur Waley: Satire on Paying Calls in August
Seamus Heaney: Blackberry-Picking
Emily Dickinson: The Wind Began to Rock the Grass
John Keats: To Autumn
Ted Hughes: The Harvest Moon
Sylvia Plath: Mushrooms
Sir John Betjeman: Harvest Hymn
Dave Goulder: The Long and Lonely Winter
John Clare: Autumn
Alfred, Lord Tennyson: To-night the Wind Begins to Rise
Frances Cornford: Acrostic for Guy Fawkes Night
Robert Southwell: New Prince, New Pomp
Robert Herrick: Ceremonies for Christmas
George Herbert: Christmas

Journeys and Places

Anonymous: The Shepherd Boy's Carol
T. S. Eliot: Journey of the Magi
Robert Hayden: From Runagate, Runagate
James D. Rubadiri: Stanley Meets Mutesa
Robert Frost: The Road Not Taken
Edward Thomas: The Green Roads
Alfred, Lord Tennyson: From The Lady of Shalott
Rudyard Kipling: The Way Through the Woods
G. K. Chesterton: The Rolling English Road
James Elroy Flecker: The Old Ships
Emily Dickinson: I Like to See it Lap the Miles
W. H. Auden: Night Mail
Edward Thomas: Adlestrop
Frances Cornford: Travelling Home
Stephen Vincent Benet: American Names
Robert Louis Stevenson: In the Highlands
Elizabeth Bishop: The Map
Edward Thomas: If I Should Ever by Chance
Edward Thomas: What Shall I Give?
Gerard Manley Hopkins: Binsey Poplars
William Wordsworth: Composed Upon Westminster Bridge
T. S. Eliot: Landscapes

Spells, Magic and Mystery

James Reeves: Spells
Anonymous: I Have Four Sisters Beyond the Sea
William Shakespeare: Ariel's Songs
William Shakespeare: Fairy Songs
William Shakespeare: Puck's Epilogue
John Donne: Song
Sir Walter Scott: Lucy Ashton's Song
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Kubla Khan
Walter de la Mare: Song of the Mad Prince
William Shakespeare: Witches' Song
Ben Jonson: The Witches' Charms
Robert Louis Stevenson: Windy Nights
Christina Rossetti: From Goblin Market
W. B. Yeats: The Stolen Child
Anonymous: Two Corpus Christi Carols
Anonymous from the Xhosa trans. A. C. Jordan: Thou Great God

Strange Tales

Anonymous: There was a Lady all Skin and Bone
Anonymous: The Wife of Usher's Well
Anonymous: Strange Company
James Hogg: Kilmeny Returns from the Land of the Spirits
John Masefield: The Rider at the Gate
Charles Causley: Miller's End
Elizabeth Jennings: The Secret Brother
Brian Patten: You'd Better Believe Him
Robert Hayden: A Road in Kentucky
James Whitcomb Riley: Little Orphan Annie

Music and Dancing

William Shakespeare: How Sweet the Moonlight Sleeps
John Milton: From Comus
John Dryden: From A Song for St Cecilia's Day
Percy Bysshe Shelley: Hymn of Pan
Alfred, Lord Tennyson: The Splendour Falls on Castle Walls
Lewis Carroll: The Mock Turtle's Song
W. B. Yeats: The Fiddler of Dooney
Kojo Gyinaye Kyei: The Talking Drums
Langston Hughes: Danse Africaine
Hilaire Belloc: Tarantella
Edith Sitwell: Polka
Sydney Carter: Lord of the Dance

Battles, Soldiers and Patriots

James Elroy Flecker: War Song of the Saracens
George Gordon, Lord Byron: The Destruction of Sennacherib
Sir Walter Scott: Pibroch of Donuil Dhu
Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay: A Jacobite's Epitaph
Robert Browning: The Patriot
Rudyard Kipling: A St Helena Lullaby
George Gordon, Lord Byron: The Eve of Waterloo
George Gordon, Lord Byron: Napoleon's Farewell
Walt Whitman: O Captain! My Captain!
Rudyard Kipling: Tommy
Wilfred Owen: Anthem for Doomed Youth
Rudyard Kipling: Epitaphs on the War: The Coward
Wilfred Owen: Disabled

Birds and Beasts

Anonymous: The Cuckoo is a Merry Bird
Anonymous: Cuckoo, Cuckoo
Anonymous: Sweet Suffolk Owl
Alfred, Lord Tennyson: The Owl
John Clare: Autumn Birds
Celia Thaxter: The Sandpiper
David McCord: Crows
Alfred, Lord Tennyson: The Eagle
Emily Dickinson: The Spider
John Clare: The Vixen
John Clare: Hares at Play
Anthony Thwaite: Hedgehog
Oliver Goldsmith: An Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog
Alexander Pope: Epigram on the Collar of a Dog
Norman MacCaig: Praise of a Collie
Thomas Gray: Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat
Anonymous from the Gaelic trans. Robin Flower: Pangur Bán
W. B. Yeats: The Cat and the Moon
T. S. Eliot: The Naming of Cats
William Cowper: Epitaph on a Hare
Anonymous: Epitaph on a Dormouse
Marjory Fleming: Sonnet to a Monkey
Hilaire Belloc: The Frog
Hilaire Belloc: The Python
Rudyard Kipling: Road-Song of the Bandar-Log
William Blake: The Tyger
Anonymous: Two Yoruba Poems trans. Ulli Beier
Anonymous: Dick Turpin's Ride on Black Bess
Philip Larkin: At Grass
Philip Larkin: First Sight
G. K. Chesterton: The Donkey
Richard Wilbur: Francis Jammes: A Prayer to go to Paradise with the Donkeys
Walt Whitman: The Ox-Tamer
Thomas Hardy: The Oxen
Charles Causley: Carol of Birds, Beasts and Men

Childhood and Youth

Ogden Nash: It is indeed Spinach
Ogden Nash: Children's Party
Sir John Betjeman: Indoor Games near Newbury
Sir John Betjeman: Hunter Trials
Anonymous from the Yoruba trans. Ulli Beier: Praise of a Child
Robert Herrick: To his Saviour, a Child
William Blake: The Echoing Green
William Blake: Laughing Song
Thom Gunn: Baby Song
Anonymous from the Yoruba trans. Ulli Beier: Yoruba Lullabies
Thomas Dekker: Lullaby
Mikhail Yurievich Lermontov trans. Cornford and Salaman: Cossack Lullaby
Richard Corbet: To his Son, Vincent Corbet
Hugh Peters: Wishes for his Daughter
Louis MacNeice: Autobiography
Geormbeeyi Adali-Mortti: Palm Leaves of Childhood
Peter Abrahams: Me, Colored
Frances Cornford: Childhood
Richard Wilbur: Boy at the Window
Anthony Thwaite: White Snow
David McCord: The Game
Anonymous: The Birched Schoolboy
William Blake: The Schoolboy
Robert Frost: Birches
Sir Noel Coward: The Boy Actor
Anonymous: A Daughter's Song
Ogden Nash: Daddy's Home, See You To-morrow
John Crowe Ransom: Blue Girls
Charles Causley: Who?
Robert Herrick: Epitaph upon a Child that Died
Donald Justice: On the Death of Friends in Childhood

Some People

William Shakespeare: The Seven Ages of Man
Anonymous: The Bonnie Earl of Moray
Rudyard Kipling: The Looking-Glass
Ben Jonson: Epitaph on Salathiel Pavy
Colley Cibber: The Blind Boy
John O'Keeffe: The Little Plough-Boy
Oliver Goldsmith: The Village Schoolmaster
William Wordsworth: The Solitary Reaper
Langston Hughes: Negro
Padraic Colum: An Old Woman of the Roads
Langston Hughes: Aunt Sue's Stories
Gwendolyn Brooks: The Ballad of Rudolph Reed
Edward Lear: Self-Portrait of Edward Lear
W. H. Auden: Edward Lear
William Plomer: A Victorian Album
Hilaire Belloc: Peter Goole, who Ruined his Father and Mother by his Extravagance
E. V. Rieu: Sir Smasham Uppe
Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Epigram on a Singer
Frances Cornford: Post-Bore Triolet
Sir Walter A. Raleigh: Wishes of an Elderly Man
John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester: Impromptu on Charles II
Walter Savage Landor: The Georges
Thomas Brown: Lines to the Head of his College
Seamus Heaney: Follower

Love and Lovers' Tales

Anonymous: Bridal Morning
Anonymous: Western Wind
Anonymous from the Latin trans. Helen Waddell: Down from the Brances
Anonymous: I Know Where I'm Going
Anonymous: The Water is Wide
Anonymous: The Cambric Shirt
Henry Carey: Sally in Our Alley
Robert Louis Stevenson: Romance
Louise Bogan: The Crossed Apple
William Shakespeare: To Me, Fair Friend, You Never Can Be Old
Sir Philip Sidney: My True Love Hath My Heart
Anonymous: Hynd Horn
Anonymous: The Gay Goshawk
Ezra Pound: The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter
Charles Dibdin: The Lady's Diary
Sir Walter Scott: Lochinvar
Edith Sitwell: The Little Ghost who Died for Love
Anonymous: Frankie and Johnny
Lewis Carroll: The King-Fisher's Song
Laura Richards: Antonio
Sir John Suckling: Who so Pale and Wan?

Last Things

Anonymous: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
Sir Thomas Browne: Evening Hymn
William Blake: Night
William Shakespeare: Wolsey's Farewell
John Milton: On his Blindness
John Keats: When I Have Fears That I May Cease To Be
Percy Bysshe Shelley: From Adonais
Sir Walter Scott: Proud Maisie
Percy Bysshe Shelley: Ozymandias
William Wordsworth: On the Extinction of the Venetian Republic, 1802
A. E. Housman: On Wenlock Edge
William Shakespeare: Dirge for Fidele
Christina Rossetti: Remember
Robert Louis Stevenson: Requiem
Alfred, Lord Tennyson: I Climb the Hill
William (Johnson) Cory: Heraclitus
William Wordsworth: One Christmas-Time
Coventry Patmore: A London Fête
Emily Dickinson: Because I could Not Stop For Death
Sir John Beaumont: To my dear Son, Gervase Beaumont
John Oldham: A Quiet Soul
John Crowe Ransom: Janet Waking
Edwin Muir: The Child Dying
Thomas Hardy: Afterwards
Thomas Hardy: The Garden Seat
Robert Frost: In a Disused Graveyard
William Shakespeare: Prospero's Farewell to his Magic
William Shakespeare: Macbeth on Lady Macbeth's Death
Henry Vaughan: Peace
James Elroy Flecker: To a Poet a Thousand Years Hence

Index of Authors and Titles
Index of First Lines
Notes Printed and bound in Germany


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