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Book Review: A Treasury of Poems, Compiled by Sarah Anne Stuart

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A Treasury of Poems: A Collection of the World’s Most Famous and Familiar Verse compiled by Sarah Anne Stuart is a compendium of 440 poems by the greats; such as, Thoreau, Longfellow, Whitman, Frost and Yates. These works cover just about every human attribute like aging, brotherhood, celebration, courage, faith, friendship and love.

Stuart’s compilation includes some of the most famous writers and poets over many centuries. For instance, Tom Campion captures the concept of timeless aesthetics in “Beauty Is Not Bound.” Alfred Lord Tennyson captures pure fun in “Celebration.” The universal concept of veracity is captured in “Truth” by Ben Jonson. Shakespeare captures great visions in “Our Revels Now Are Ended.” The idea of genuine goodness is preserved in “Virtue” by George Herbert. Simple reflection is captured in “Who Hath a Book” by Wilbur D. Nesbit.

Love and compassion are illustrated in “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Destiny and consequences are referred to in “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost. A portrait of humankind is set forth in “Gunga Din” by Rudyard Kipling. Finally, the reality of life on earth is covered in “On His Blindness” by John Milton.

The style of writing is belles lettres or light literature which is aimed at a universal audience consisting of literature buffs, students, teachers, librarians, artisans and the general public.

The works of more than 200 well-known poets from around the world are set forth in over 700 pages. This is a great resource for college students taking English literature for standard liberal arts programs. The subject, author, and title index are all provided to make finding poems very easy.

A Treasury of Poems: A Collection of the World’s Most Famous and Familiar Verse compiled by Sarah Anne Stuart is a top reference book on some of the most outstanding poetry and global literature over many centuries. The author covers just about every human emotion conceivable. The collection compares favorably with The Norton Anthology of English Literature with M.H. Abrams as General Editor. Stuart’s work focuses on shorter poems; whereas, The Norton Anthology contains entire plays; such as, Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe.


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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.