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"This is a book to grow on. This is a book to grow with. In these pages are poems that will become favorites; you will never lose your taste for them. They will be part of you as long as you live. These verses - the nimble and nonsensical as well as the greatly meaningful- delighted me when I was young. They still delight me today. You will laugh at some of these poems; yo "This is a book to grow on. This is a book to grow with. In these pages are poems that will become favorites; you will never lose your taste for them. They will be part of you as long as you live. These verses - the nimble and nonsensical as well as the greatly meaningful- delighted me when I was young. They still delight me today. You will laugh at some of these poems; you will learn from others. Some of them will be exciting new experiences; some will let you see familiar things as though you had never seen them before. But all of them were meant primarily to be enjoyed. Enjoyment is the essence. Poetry is written in many moods and on many levels, each of which provides its own particular pleasure. Come along through these pages and let me show you what I mean. Let us begin at the beginning." --Louis Untermeyer.


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"This is a book to grow on. This is a book to grow with. In these pages are poems that will become favorites; you will never lose your taste for them. They will be part of you as long as you live. These verses - the nimble and nonsensical as well as the greatly meaningful- delighted me when I was young. They still delight me today. You will laugh at some of these poems; yo "This is a book to grow on. This is a book to grow with. In these pages are poems that will become favorites; you will never lose your taste for them. They will be part of you as long as you live. These verses - the nimble and nonsensical as well as the greatly meaningful- delighted me when I was young. They still delight me today. You will laugh at some of these poems; you will learn from others. Some of them will be exciting new experiences; some will let you see familiar things as though you had never seen them before. But all of them were meant primarily to be enjoyed. Enjoyment is the essence. Poetry is written in many moods and on many levels, each of which provides its own particular pleasure. Come along through these pages and let me show you what I mean. Let us begin at the beginning." --Louis Untermeyer.

30 review for The Golden Treasury of Poetry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    This is a book from my childhood, I know these poems. I love many of them. I have read them many times in my life, and now it is time to re-visit them.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Richard Subber

    Lots of familiar names, like Blake, Nash, Shelley, Tennyson, and Holmes, in Untermeyer’s Golden Treasury. He picked something for every taste and almost every age Try these old favorites and lots of poems that used to be old favorites—you may discover you like some of them. This Golden Treasury is a comfortable collection. Read more of my book reviews and poems here: www.richardsubber.com

  3. 4 out of 5

    Etta Mcquade

    When my children were at home, we read the poems in this book so much that the book is now falling apart. Not only is this a wonderful selection of poetry, but it is illustrated beautifully. Today, as I prepare a presentation for an Alzheimer's unit, I again delighted in its poetry, and choose several selections, thinking that perhaps the patients had memorized some of these poems years ago, and that hearing them again would revive memories. (One can buy the book for $179.00 on Amazon.com.)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Elisabeth Cary

    I grew up with this poetry book. My dad and mom would read the poems to me when I was little or I would pour over the pictures. This is one of the only books in my literary history that comes from by dad's side of the family. When my dad was little, his mom read the poems to him. My favorites (sentimentally) are "The Raggedy Man," "Custard the Cowardly Dragon," and "Father William."

  5. 4 out of 5

    ·Karen·

    One of the few books that has always travelled with me through countless moves in various countries. Mine is inscribed at the front:"To Karen From Aunt Dorothy and Uncle Hugh. Christmas 1961." Aaaaaw.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Thom Dunn

    Recommended to me by Stephen/GoodReads, 12/7/14. Currently and for over two years now, I have not been able to reach my shelves from the box I used to use. I simply cannot make it work for me despite much trying.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    This edition is a reprinting of an earlier version that I received for Christmas from my mother when I was nine years old. I loved the illustrations that accompanied the poems, and I can honestly say that my love for poetry stemmed from receiving this book. It is truly a "treasure."

  8. 4 out of 5

    Meghann Sniffen

    Awards the book has received (if any): none Appropriate grade level(s):k-2 Original 3-line summary: this books is a collection of poems for children to read and share with their friends. The book has a wide range of poems that even adults love. It has many illustrations that follow so that kids can make connections. Original 3-line review: I think it has a lot of poetry for children and children will like the vast categories they can read about. However, I do think that giving children a lot of opt Awards the book has received (if any): none Appropriate grade level(s):k-2 Original 3-line summary: this books is a collection of poems for children to read and share with their friends. The book has a wide range of poems that even adults love. It has many illustrations that follow so that kids can make connections. Original 3-line review: I think it has a lot of poetry for children and children will like the vast categories they can read about. However, I do think that giving children a lot of options might overwhelm them and that children don't necessarily go for poems over a classic story. 2-3 possible in-class uses: This would be a good song/poem book for teachers to take some of their poems out of. For the children it could be good who like to read poetry.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Marianne Evans

    Santa brought me this book when I was in the 8th grade and I have read through it over and over. Every child should be presented with a fine book of poetry to comfort, entertain and befriend them through their lives. Thank you MaeBelle and Mildred for the gift of reading.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Josiphine/Tessa

    I read this book so much when I was a child that the binding fell apart. Most of the poetry I memorized came from this book. I still love it and browse through it regularly. This is the best poetry anthology that I've ever had the pleasure of reading.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Johanna Cormier

    Growing up this may have been my favorite poetry book after The Real Mother Goose and my grandmother's copy of Longfellow. My aunt had an earlier edition of this book and I spent many hours pouring through it on visits to her home. This edition expurgated five poems.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    My childhood favorite poem in this book was "The Tale of Custard the Dragon" by Ogden Nash. Still love it today!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Billy

    Pirate story 1. N/a 2. K-1 3. 3 children go on a magical adventure on the high seas! By the high seas I mean I their back yard! It's a great poem to show off the power of the imagination. 4. This is a fun poem. It reminds me of playing in my backyard and pretending it was a far off world. I'd recommend this for an in class read. 5. This poem is great for vocabulary. The rhyme scheme is handy for building phonemic awareness. Yak 1. N/a 2. K-1 3. Yaks are pretty hairy animals. Some people think that Yaks s Pirate story 1. N/a 2. K-1 3. 3 children go on a magical adventure on the high seas! By the high seas I mean I their back yard! It's a great poem to show off the power of the imagination. 4. This is a fun poem. It reminds me of playing in my backyard and pretending it was a far off world. I'd recommend this for an in class read. 5. This poem is great for vocabulary. The rhyme scheme is handy for building phonemic awareness. Yak 1. N/a 2. K-1 3. Yaks are pretty hairy animals. Some people think that Yaks should cut their hair. One yak respectfully disagrees. 4. This poem is short and sweet. It's an easy and enjoyable read. It's also good for a laugh out of the youngsters. 5. This poem is useful for teaching phonemic awareness. It's also good for teaching children's about colloquialisms. A calendar 1. N/a 2. K-1 3. The months of the year are all unique and wonderful. This poem goes through each month with a couplet describing it. It brings you through the year in a fun way. 4. The poem itself is easy to understand and has a good flow. I really like the idea of going through the year by couplets. However, Decembers mentions Christmas, but you can just say holiday and it won't change the nature of the poem. 5. This is great for showing off the months of the year. It's also good for its simple rhyme schemes for building phonemic awareness. Finally, it's chock full of vocabulary words.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Stewart

    K-2nd grade. No Awards This poem book has lots of great poems such as the "Country Cat" and the "Five Little Chickens" poems. There are illustrations on each page as well as one to two poems. They are simple and easy to read poems. There are many poems through out the book. I like the simple illustrations that the children can follow. This poem book is great for pulling poems from to use in the classroom. There are many ways to use these poems in the classroom. It can be used for Phonics in the K-2nd grade. No Awards This poem book has lots of great poems such as the "Country Cat" and the "Five Little Chickens" poems. There are illustrations on each page as well as one to two poems. They are simple and easy to read poems. There are many poems through out the book. I like the simple illustrations that the children can follow. This poem book is great for pulling poems from to use in the classroom. There are many ways to use these poems in the classroom. It can be used for Phonics in the classroom. The poem's can also be used to be part of their poem book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Definitely an oldie but a goodie that one will treasure for years to come. Within this book there is a collection of such great names such as T.S. Eliot, Emily Dickinson, John Keats, Carl Sanburg and so many more that it would forever just to name a third of them. And you will find yourself reading over the poems and crying to yourself if you were raised with poetry, "I remember that one!" The compiler did a great job of combing similar poetry together while writing a small introduction to the Definitely an oldie but a goodie that one will treasure for years to come. Within this book there is a collection of such great names such as T.S. Eliot, Emily Dickinson, John Keats, Carl Sanburg and so many more that it would forever just to name a third of them. And you will find yourself reading over the poems and crying to yourself if you were raised with poetry, "I remember that one!" The compiler did a great job of combing similar poetry together while writing a small introduction to the category and in some cases even writing a small bio for the poet or explaining some of the poem itself or even while he included it so there is some brain-food to go with the soothing poetry itself. Furthermore you have two indexes - one for first lines and one for poets - plus the lengthy Table of Contents to make yours search much easier. So why only four stars if I thought this was such a good book? First, of all William's Blake "Tyger" was misspelled. Most of the time I would have been able to let it slide but there were other poems with other archaic words so it didn't make sense to modernize this one and let the others go for the beauty of Blake's main poem is the fact of the spelling. Second, some of the poets that I am interested weren't included so it isn't a heavy extension although it is a great variety to begin with. And finally some of the drawings were a bit graphic, especially if went into looking closely at the pictures. I am not warning kids away from this book since more people should be introduced to poetry but I am going to give warning on that. Otherwise all the perks outweigh the cons for this beautiful work....

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jess Middelberg

    I decided to read this book because, in all honesty, it was the first poetry book i could find in my house. This completes the category 'A book of poetry'. I enjoyed this category because I do not usually read poems and it was different and exciting to try. My favourite quote from the three poems I read was: 1. The Baliff's Daughter of Islington: "For now I have found my own true love, Whom I thought I should never see more." 2. Old Mother Hubbard: "This wonderful dog Was Dame Hubbard's delight." 3. T I decided to read this book because, in all honesty, it was the first poetry book i could find in my house. This completes the category 'A book of poetry'. I enjoyed this category because I do not usually read poems and it was different and exciting to try. My favourite quote from the three poems I read was: 1. The Baliff's Daughter of Islington: "For now I have found my own true love, Whom I thought I should never see more." 2. Old Mother Hubbard: "This wonderful dog Was Dame Hubbard's delight." 3. The Daffodils: 'Ten thousand I saw at a glance Tossing their heads in sprightly dance." Something new I learned from all the poems is that no matter what people all have a different way of seeing things. I thought of this as each of the poets described things i different ways, some i had never thought of before, they all stuck to their views and chose to express them to the world through poetry. My favourite character of all three poems was the Baliff's daughter as she stuck to her guns and throughout the poem made sure that who she was falling in love with truly loved her, waiting years to see if he still felt the same way before finally approaching him. My second favourite character was the dog in 'Old Mother Hubbard' as he was a funny character who each verse made you want to laugh.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    As an anthology of poetry for children reading-aloud-to age who might move on to enjoying it alone this can be compared favorably to an earlier anthology, All The Silver Pennies on which I was weaned. This is much bigger, broader in scope. It has a greater number of humorous poems, more ballads and anonymous vernacular poems and songs. It holds many more action-oriented narrative poems than Silver Pennies, which has a more feminine sensibility. It also is organized more thematically than Silver As an anthology of poetry for children reading-aloud-to age who might move on to enjoying it alone this can be compared favorably to an earlier anthology, All The Silver Pennies on which I was weaned. This is much bigger, broader in scope. It has a greater number of humorous poems, more ballads and anonymous vernacular poems and songs. It holds many more action-oriented narrative poems than Silver Pennies, which has a more feminine sensibility. It also is organized more thematically than Silver Pennies. Finally, it is more recent and thus includes poems and poets unknown in the 1920s. (e.g. Elizabeth Bishop) or unlikely to be anthologized then (e.g.Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats). There are many great favorites; The Highwayman is one of the first poems that thrilled me and told me a story. Lots in here that can be memorized. I prefer the illustrations in the Silver Pennies. The Anglund ones here are satisfactory, with some in color. If you are getting just one anthology this is the fuller one, but I stay fond of Silver Pennies.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Rang

    1. No awards 2. Preschool- grade 3 3. This book includes a large variety of classic poems in one anthology. The poems are organized by topics, from rhyme, creatures, Christmas, around the world, and funny poems, it offers a selection of poems for anyone to choose from, along with illustrations with most poems. 4. This anthology has poems for everyone at every age. From classic poems from T.S. Elliot to silly and funny poems, this book demonstrates the wide variability of poetry for students to lea 1. No awards 2. Preschool- grade 3 3. This book includes a large variety of classic poems in one anthology. The poems are organized by topics, from rhyme, creatures, Christmas, around the world, and funny poems, it offers a selection of poems for anyone to choose from, along with illustrations with most poems. 4. This anthology has poems for everyone at every age. From classic poems from T.S. Elliot to silly and funny poems, this book demonstrates the wide variability of poetry for students to learn from in a variety of topics for everyone to enjoy. 5. This text can be used to demonstrate multiple types and genres of poems to young students. In a classroom it can serve as a guide for students to find poems they are interested in and as a model when writing their own poems.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Burke

    My grandmother gave me this book when I was 8 years old, and I've loved it and poured over it many, many times as I grew from childhood into a mother with an 8-year-old daughter of my own. I've pressed flowers into this book from long lost and forgotten loves, used the illustrations to learn how to draw, learned the poems and forgotten them and learned them again. There are poems here that have resonated with every stage of my life in one way or the other - this book has been a friend and compan My grandmother gave me this book when I was 8 years old, and I've loved it and poured over it many, many times as I grew from childhood into a mother with an 8-year-old daughter of my own. I've pressed flowers into this book from long lost and forgotten loves, used the illustrations to learn how to draw, learned the poems and forgotten them and learned them again. There are poems here that have resonated with every stage of my life in one way or the other - this book has been a friend and companion through life.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jane Buckley

    My daddy read me poetry as a child. This one was in my elementary school library and I checked it out over and over. Many of favorites are in there (as were Dad's). I got a chance to buy this for home a couple of years ago and would not be without it. My Dad passed away in 2010 and I still read poetry and think of him. Also -- the illustrations are good enough to engage children in the text. And many levels of readers would get something out of the wide range of peoms to be found here.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    My parents purchased this book for me when I was about eleven-years-old. They had noticed that I kept checking it out of the library repeatedly. Now my daughter is enchanted by the illustrations and with the poems. Purchased a copy for her on eBay. Charming illustrations and poetry.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karen Dransfield

    I'm teaching a poetry class so I've been reading through lots of poem books. This is the latest one. I am always interested in finding different versions of the same poems. And finding more verses. I have enjoyed reading some of these poems out loud to my poetry group.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    I have had this book since I was a child, and I have to admit that I love just having it on my shelf. Wonderful poems, wonderful illustrations. I don't know that I have ever read it cover to cover, but I know I have read many of these poems many times. A cherished, old friend of a book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Robinson

    My grandparents brought me this for my 10th birthday because my mum told them I kept getting it out of the library. That was 45 years ago and I still have the book and look at it regularly. I love the poems and the pictures that go with them.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mrs.

    Wonderful, beautifully illustrated compilation of classical poetry presented in a way that's accessible to children and poetry neophytes. Love this book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kate Barsotti

    I preferred the abridged version as a child, and blame Untermeyer for branding the minor poems of major poets on my brain. But it's still lovely.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Adz S

    A well rounded collection of poetry, some you’ll be familiar with, some not so, accompanied by some wonderful illustrations. A book for pretty much all.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ann M

    So many great memories reading this book! And the poems and poets are great, not childish.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    One of my favorites as a child.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Satyajeet

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