Poems for Life

Poems for Life

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What is your favorite poem? That is the question students from two fifth-grade classes at a New York grade school asked famous people to whom they had written. Their idea, the students explained, was to put together a book that would benefit the Womena€™s Commission for Refugee Women and Children. The students were also studying poems in class and wanted to know if anybody still, in fact, read and gained insight from poetry. Touched by this appeal to their hearts, minds, and memories, fifty celebrities responded to their inquiries, including Geraldine Ferraro, Allen Ginsberg, Rudi Giuliani, Peter Jennings, Angela Lansbury, Yo-Yo Ma, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Sawyer, Ally Sheedy, Kurt Vonnegut, and Tom Wolfe. The poems they offer range from John Donne to Langston Hughes, but their letters all express hope that the studentsa€”and readers of this wonderful gift booka€”will read and take inspiration from the poetry of past and present. a€œOf all the words that have stuck to the ribs of my soul, poetry has been the most filling, a€ writes Anna Quindlen in her introduction, and this beautiful, inspiring collection of poetry is the perfect expression of how poets can influence and shape our lives.At NightingaleBamford, poetryisan integralpart ofthe fifthgrade curriculum. In addition to writingtheirown poems, the students read and memorize a variety ofpoetry during the year, culminating in a ... but to becomeaware of a world ofneed outside their immediate communities, onetowhich they could in someway contribute.

Title:Poems for Life
Author: Anna Quindlen
Publisher:Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. - 2013-12-13

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