What is Poetry? by Michael Rosen

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I have a soft spot for poetry. It has taken me a long time to get to that place of ‘poetry love’, but since then I have really enjoyed the world of poets. So I was obviously attracted to this book.

Michael Rosen is a prolific author with over 120 publications for children. In this book written for grades 4-6, he clearly explains what a poem is, what to do with it, and how to write your own. His writing style is enjoyable to read and you never feel like you are reading a text book. The best chapter is ‘What is a Poem?’ In this chapter, he goes into the multi facet layers of a poem and explains what they mean. It is fascinating and gives poems such a deeper meaning.

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The author uses examples from well known poets such as Banjo Patterson and Alfred, Lord Tennyson, as well as his own. At the back, there is a chapter about technical points of poems. I highly recommend this book for ages over 10. I think they will enjoy it and learn so much. It is illustrated by Jill Calder.

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This edition is paperback and 208 pages. It was published by Walker Books Ltd, Great Britain in 2017. ISBN: 9781844287635

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