is for Untermeyer – Louis Untermeyer
One essential book I used throughout all the years I read poetry with 8 to 12 year olds was The Golden Treasury of Poetry, a superb anthology of poems collected by Louis Untermeyer.
The anthology contains poems by famous poets such as Edward Lear, Ogden Nash, Lewis Carroll and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. It is divided into 12 themes with titles like, “Good Things in Small Packages. It is beautifully illustrated by Joan Walsh Anglund.
Louis Untermeyer was born in New York in 1885. He wrote fiction, poetry and essays but his most successful enterprise was his anthologies which were widely used in schools. He had 5 wives and one of them, Jean Starr, he married and divorced twice. In the 1950s he was investigated by the committee of Un-American Activities due to his socialist leanings. He was a close friend of the poet Robert Frost, whose career he promoted. He became the fourteenth Poet Laureate of the United States.
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