My parents gave this volume to me for Christmas when I was just 10. I was and still am a voracious reader, captivated by the rhythm and meter of language. This book introduced me to poetry in a fun, enjoyable way. The broad categories include: Love and Friendship, Inspiration, Poems that tell a Story, Faith and Reverence, Home and Mother, Childhood and Youth, Patriotism and War, Humor and Whimsey, Memory and Grief, Nature, Animals, and Various Themes. As an adult, the poems selected in this 670 page tome are not all of my favorites, but they yet strike a gentle idealistic chord in my soul. They ring with the thoughts of a bygone era, before mass media distracted people from books. Yes, they are romantic, yes they are old-fashioned, yes many of them are not of the highest literary quality. Yet I love them for their quirkiness and old-fashioned thoughts. And in many ways as I read, I cannot help but think that we are not so very different from our ancestors, after all. I highly recommend this book.