Title: They’re Poets and They Know It!Theyre-Poets-and-They-Know-It
Author: Various
Pages: 28
Recommended Ages: Not Recommended
Star Rating:

I love poetry. I think I’ve mentioned that before. But what I haven’t mentioned is that my favorite way to read poetry is to find anthologies and read from all sorts of different poets right in a row. I like that much better than just reading things by one author. That’s why I snatched this up.

It’s such a tiny booklet that I was able to read it in its entirety in ten minutes. And it did include some noteworthy pieces – ‘Annabel Lee’, ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’, ‘The Road Not Taken’, ‘Jabberwocky’, etc. But most of the poems were bizarre, outlandish, and, well, disturbing. Below you will find the poem that I enjoyed most from the book, then I shall launch into my warnings.

What is Pink?
– Christina Georgina Rossetti

What is pink? A rose is pink
By a fountain’s brink.
What is red? A poppy’s red
In its barley bed.
What is blue? The sky is blue
Where the clouds float thro’.
What is white? A swan is white
Sailing in the light.
What is yellow? Pears are yellow,
Rich and ripe and mellow.
What is green? The grass is green,
With small flowers between.
What is violet? Clouds are violet
In the summer twilight.
What is orange? Why, an orange,
Just an orange!


One of the poems included was a *three page long* account of ‘The Dance of the Thirteen Skeletons’. It’s very eerie and includes illustrations of skeletons dancing together.

This poem by Eve Merriam called simply ‘Teevee’, I found to be disturbing.

In the house
Of Mr. and Mrs. Spouse
He and she
Would watch teevee
And never a word
between them spoken
until the day
the set was broken.

Then “How do you do?”
Said he to she,
“I don’t believe
That we’ve met yet.
Spouse is my name
What’s yours?” he asked.

“Why mine’s the same!”
Said she to he,
“Do you suppose that we could be — ?”

But the set came suddenly right about,
And so they never did find out. [pg. 27]

Though this situation is exaggerated, many families do spend their lives in this manner, living on television and never developing meaningful relationships with each. But this should be viewed as a tragedy, not a source of entertainment.

The editors encourage free verse as “the poetry form for you” if you’re a rule breaker.

The poem called ‘Awful Ogre’s Breakfast’ was horribly ghoulish. I don’t even care to describe it.

Conclusion. Although They’re Poets and they Know It! did include several noteworthy poems, these can be found elsewhere in a more wholesome anthology of poetry (A Treasure Chest of Poetry).

Review © 2013 Laura Verret

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