I love Dover Thrift editions, so that made reading Favorite Poems of Childhood a real pleasure. I should say a double pleasure, though, because it was a collection of poetry, so that made reading it an inherently pleasurable experience.
The book was only ninety pages, but it managed to pack a punch of eighty four poems and featured prime authors such as Christina Rossetti, William Blake, Robert Louis Stevenson, Lord Tennyson, Eugene Field, Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, and lots of others. It contained one of my perennial favorites, The Children’s Hour, as well as a poem I remember reading several years ago called What is Pink? which I was delighted to be reintroduced to.
One thing I was surprised by was the percentage of poems that dealt with fairies, elves, witches, goblins, and other fanciful creatures. For being such a small collection, I would certainly have expected the presence of the supernatural to have been smaller.
Review © 2015 Laura Verret