Showing posts with label poetry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label poetry. Show all posts

August 08, 2014

Review of Pure Poetry titles in VOYA

The August 2014 issue of VOYA has a review of three of the Pure Poetry titles. Beauty Poetry, Death Poetry, and Love Poetry were reviewed in the issue. An excerpt is below:

"The poem's form, meaning, and poetic devices are thoroughly discussed line by line, using expositive, yet enjoyable, language and examples that allow for students' comprehensive understanding of the work."

These titles are available in library, paperback, and eBook formats, and can be purchased from your preferred vendor, independent bookstores,, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

February 28, 2014

National Poetry Month

Pure Poetry, geared toward the upper middle and high school student, is a series of four titles, with each book focusing on one particular poetry theme. Each chapter looks at one poem accompanied by detailed analysis discussing the style and technique, poetic devices, and the cultural significance. Every chapter ends with questions and prompts for student discussion and assessment.

These titles are correlated to the Common Core College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards, and are available in library, paperback, and eBook formats. They are available from your preferred vendor,, local independent bookstores, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

May 12, 2013

Happy Limerick Day!

A fun limerick from our Brainless Birthday Jokes to Tickle Your Funny Bone Book by Felicia Lowenstein Niven.

Available in library binding, paperback, and as an eBook!

Want to write a limerick of your own? It's easy. Here's how:

A limerick is a funny, rhyming poem that is five lines long. Lines 1,2, and 5 rhyme. Lines 3 and 4 are usually shorter and rhyme with each other.

Want to write a limerick of your own? It's easy. Here's how:

 First, brainstorm some rhyming words. Write them down on a piece of paper. Next, number lines on a piece of paper from 1 to 5. Write lines 1 and 2 so that the last word in line 2 rhymes with the last word in line 1.

1. There once was a man from France.
2. His friends thought he liked to dance.

Then write lines 3 and 4 so that the last word in line 4 rhymes with the last word in line 3.

3. But that was not true
4. And what no one knew

Finally, write line 5 so the last word rhymes with lines 1 and 2.

5. Was he really had ants in his pants.

Limericks are fun to write on your own or with a group of people!

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March 21, 2013

Free Handout for Children's Poetry Day

To celebrate Children's Poetry Day we've added a new Spring Acrostic Poem handout to our "Free Stuff" over at Blue Wave Classroom. Students will have fun creating their own poems using the letters from the word "spring" to start each line of their poem.

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March 21, 2012

Celebrate World Poetry Day with a free preview of Poetry Rocks!

March 21st is World Poetry Day, and we'd like to offer you a sneak peek at one of our most popular series: "Poetry Rocks!". To see the first chapter of any book in the series, just follow this link: "Poetry Rocks!" and click on the incon that says "Look Inside Free Chapter" next to the picture of any book.

"Poetry Rocks!" is written for studens in Grades 9-12. Books in the series contain some of the most famous and memorable poems from great American, British, and World poets. Along with each poem, expert commentary, questions, and poet biographies give readers a full understanding of the poem's context and deeper meaning.

March 19, 2010

Review in Booklist of Contemporary American Poetry "Not the End, but the Beginning"

Authors Sheila Griffin Llanas and Michelle M. Houle have received a nice review in Booklist (3/15/10) issue of Contemporary American Poetry "Not the End, but the Beginning" (author Sheila Griffin Llanas) and Modern British Poetry "The World Is Never the Same" (author Michelle M. Houle). The review by Carolyn Phelan says:
"...the books' organization and presentation are clear, though the titles' terms of "contemporary"and "modern" are rather broadly applied."
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Enslow's web site has these description for Contemporary American Poetry: Poet William Stafford wrote, "A poem is not the end, but the beginning, of an excursion." This collection, highlighting American poets born after the beginning of the twentieth century, helps young readers get started on their excursion into understanding poetry. The book includes brief biographies of eleven poets, ranging from Theodore Roethke to Allen Ginsberg, Sylvia Plath, and Billy Collins, along with several poems for each writer. It also introduces the techniques of analysis to deepen readers’ appreciation of poetry.

And for Modern British Poetry: This collection introduces readers to eleven British poets born between 1806 and 1914, including Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Lord Alfred Tennyson, W. B. Yeats, W. H. Auden, and Dylan Thomas. Includes biographical information, historical background, poetry analysis, and several poems by each writer. Helps readers understand poetry and appreciate the statement by Dylan Thomas: "The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it."