The Oxford Book of Christmas Poems Paperback – Sep 15 1999
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`one of the best anthologies around ... Beautifully and hauntingly printed and illustrated, this really is a gem.' Ian Townsend, Oxford Times
`Contains a wide range of poems, old and new, well-loved and less familiar. Something for all moods and occasions. An excellent gift.' Methodist Recorder
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Authors include John Greenleaf Whittier, William Blake, Thomas Hardy, T. S. Eliot, Walter Scott, Rudyard Kipling, Clement Clark Moore, e.e. cummings, Dylan Thomas, and W.H. Auden. Poem lengths are short, medium long, and long. They'll make you smile, laugh, think, be filled with wonder, and perhaps shed a tear. Here's a sampling, by Thomas Hardy, entitled "Christmas: 1924" -- "`Peace upon earth!' was said. / We sing it, And pay a million priests to bring it. / After two thousand years of mass / We've got as far as poison-gas." Another short poem, "Keeping Christmas" by Eleanor Jarjeon: "How will you your Christmas keep? / Feasting, fasting, or asleep? / Will you laugh or will you pray, / Or will you forget the day? // Be it kept with joy or pray'r, / Keep of either some to spare; / Whatsoever brings the day, / Do not keep but give away."
"The Oxford Book of Christmas Poems" has brought wonder and joy to our house for 30 years. Five stars.
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