Poems selected by Shared Reading group members
Poems To Take Home: An anthology selected by Shared Reading group members
An anthology selected by Shared Reading group members, volunteers and staff from across the UK. As a way of celebrating the achievements of all our group members, volunteers and staff, we presented them with the chance to vote for their favourite classic poems. Readers chose this fine bunch as the most memorable and enjoyable.
One poem in particular was a runaway success, remembered by many from their schooldays. Complete this quotation, if you will, ‘And then my heart with pleasure fills….’
The poems are interspersed with comments from readers in response to individual poems, and group members describing the effect of reading in their lives so in these pages you have the print version of the Shared Reading experience.
Henry Van Dyke describes the experience perfectly in his poem ‘Life’:
‘So let the way wind up hill or down,
O’er the smooth, the journey will be joy:
Still seeking what I sought when but a boy,
New friendship, high adventure, and a crown’
We cannot promise you a crown but reading and sharing these poems will definitely take you on an adventure in which new friendships and joys will inevitably be found.
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