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The Oxford Book of Christmas Poems Paperback – Sep 15 1999

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; New edition edition (Sept. 15 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192762141
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192762146
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 399 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,045,690 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Not what you expect from an "Oxford Book of" Oct. 24 2006
By Mark DeBolt - Published on
Format: Paperback
I anticipated this book with eagerness, thinking now I would have much of the best classic Christmas poems in one volume, perhaps poems such as those by Traherne, Chatterton and Swinburne, as well as the better known poets. I was thoroughly disappointed. For Oxford University Press to publish it was ok, but they should have used a different title. Actually it did have some fine poems I was unfamiliar with, so it wasn't a total loss. Much of it seems geared for children or "family" reading. The illustrations support this idea. The selection leans heavily toward the contemporary. If this is what you want go for it, but don't make the mistake I did.
Wonder and Joy Nov. 20 2014
By Ricardo Mio - Published on
Format: Paperback
I read a review where someone said this is a children's book. Nonsense. This is book of poetry for grownups, with sophisticated themes that run the gamut, from hopelessness and despair to the simple joy of opening gifts on Christmas morning. The editors have arranged the poems in four sections: (1) "The sky turns dark, the year grows old . . ." -- about the coming of winter; (2) "This was the moment when Before Turned into After . . ." -- reflections on Christmas in its many forms and multitude of meanings; (3) "Glad Christmas comes, and every hearth Makes room to bid him welcome now . . ." -- a contemporary view of Christmas morning, when gifts are opened, meals prepared, and thanks are given; and (4) "Open you the East door / And let the New Year in" -- about the new year, from the bitter cold of January to the spring thaw.

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.
A great book for Christmas Oct. 30 2012
By Richard Hundrieser - Published on
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Used this often last Christmas and enjoyed it very much. I play in
a recorder quartet and used this for background material for the
Not as easy to find as you might think July 18 2015
By kappi - Published on
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Exactly what I was looking for. Not as easy to find as you might think!
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A stunning collection of Christmas poems Aug. 10 2011
By Mary H. Moore - Published on
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I first found this in the bookshop at the British Library. So many wonderful entries. I look forward to getting it out every year in the Christmas season and re-reading it. It sets the tone for the holiday. It makes a wonderful gift for a thoughtful reader.