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.