Roy Cook, the editor, said that “the purpose of this little volume is to enrich, ennoble, encourage. And for man, who has learned to love convenience, it is hardly larger than his concealing pocket.”
The choice of poems picked for the book is exceptional. On more than one occasion I have sat waiting for a speaker, viewed as an intellectual, go to the podium and then weave into their subject the value of poetry.
Talking about poetry leads to the thought that everyone should commit some poems to memory. The reasons and logic for this is, at least, the idea that since ancient times people have memorized and recited poetry.
Another good reason is that if a poem’s message is to be taken to heart, it is said that a person should know it by heart.
This collection is a must have for those that have any appreciation for poetry. The book is just full of surprises. I will offer a poem I was glad to find.
Not in Vain
By Emily Dickinson
If I can stop one heart from breaking I shall not live in vain; If I can ease on life from aching, Or cool one in pain, Or help one fainting robin Unto his nest again I shall not live in vain
The Builders by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Opportunity by Edward R. Sill, Out to Old Aunt Mary’s by James Whitcomb Riley, Each and All by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred Tennyson, and The Night Has a Thousand Eyes by Francis William Burdillon are just a few of the 101 poems.
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