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For a reader unaccustomed to reading poetry, or who has fallen away from the custom, this collection offers an inviting way into the art, or back into it. For readers devoted to poetry, it offers illuminating examples of the infinitely various ways a poem reaches a reader. In both the book and the videos on the accompanying DVD, poems by Sappho, Shakespeare, Keats, Whitman, For a reader unaccustomed to reading poetry, or who has fallen away from the custom, this collection offers an inviting way into the art, or back into it. For readers devoted to poetry, it offers illuminating examples of the infinitely various ways a poem reaches a reader. In both the book and the videos on the accompanying DVD, poems by Sappho, Shakespeare, Keats, Whitman, and Dickinson as well as contemporary poets are introduced by people from across the United States—a construction worker, a Supreme Court justice, a glassblower, a marine—each of whom speaks about his or her connection to the poem. Their comments are variously poignant, funny, heartening, tart, penetrating, and eccentric, showing some of the ways poetry is alive for American readers. An Invitation to Poetry will inspire a fresh experience of poetry's pleasure and insight.


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For a reader unaccustomed to reading poetry, or who has fallen away from the custom, this collection offers an inviting way into the art, or back into it. For readers devoted to poetry, it offers illuminating examples of the infinitely various ways a poem reaches a reader. In both the book and the videos on the accompanying DVD, poems by Sappho, Shakespeare, Keats, Whitman, For a reader unaccustomed to reading poetry, or who has fallen away from the custom, this collection offers an inviting way into the art, or back into it. For readers devoted to poetry, it offers illuminating examples of the infinitely various ways a poem reaches a reader. In both the book and the videos on the accompanying DVD, poems by Sappho, Shakespeare, Keats, Whitman, and Dickinson as well as contemporary poets are introduced by people from across the United States—a construction worker, a Supreme Court justice, a glassblower, a marine—each of whom speaks about his or her connection to the poem. Their comments are variously poignant, funny, heartening, tart, penetrating, and eccentric, showing some of the ways poetry is alive for American readers. An Invitation to Poetry will inspire a fresh experience of poetry's pleasure and insight.

30 review for An Invitation to Poetry: A New Favorite Poem Project Anthology

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Marie Jacintho

    SMART and FUN I took out a video called the Poem Project at the Pratt Library a few months ago and I enjoyed it immensely. It contained a broad range of everyday readers and their relationship with one of their favorite poets. Each reader reads his or her favorite poem and explains its significance—significance as it pertains to daily life, and the ways in which these poems live on in them. Later, I received the book as a gift. It is a great anthology and it comes with the DVD! There are so many SMART and FUN I took out a video called the Poem Project at the Pratt Library a few months ago and I enjoyed it immensely. It contained a broad range of everyday readers and their relationship with one of their favorite poets. Each reader reads his or her favorite poem and explains its significance—significance as it pertains to daily life, and the ways in which these poems live on in them. Later, I received the book as a gift. It is a great anthology and it comes with the DVD! There are so many memorable readers. From an 11 year-old boy obsessed with baseball, to a Porto Rican woman with big sensual lips, to a Jamaican man proud of his heritage— these memorable readers bring their favorite poems to life… The lusty words roll off of their tongues! I found myself clapping and cheering for the readers. But this isn’t spoken word poetry. This project maintains the dignity and integrity of the original works, in terms of how the poetry should be read. Instead of feeling like you are watching a public event, you get a sense of intimacy. I think true appreciation occurs when we take art into ourselves. In private moments, we are able to consider poetry’s significance. The DVD allows the reader to sit in the privacy of the home and to share in the experience of otherness. Each person featured is captivating. CONCLUSION: This was a project worth doing.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michalyn

    This anthology was great for discovering poets I didn't know of (but perhaps should know?). My only quibble is because it's meant to be accessible there are no footnotes or other guides to give a sense of context. All the poems stand very well on their own but some of them had me yearning to find out just a bit more about how they fit into the body of the poet's work, which I suppose is the point of an "invitation"--to get you to find out more. :)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Xinghe Li

    This is my very first anthology of (mostly) English poetry. Though it's not true that I end up liking every single poem in it, it opens the door for me to explore different styles of poems written by authors from a panoply of backgrounds. Most of the poems are easy-to-read and layman-friendly. I highly recommend it to people who need the first key to the art of poetry.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Seabreeze

    Believe it or not, I picked this book up in a pop up box of books to lend,it had been discarded by a nearby library, it has a DVD attached (which I haven't got going yet). As an English major, I read a lot of poetry and 'fell in love' with it but haven't read much in recent years. The format of this book is: the poems in it have been selected by ordinary people who write a little paragraph explaining why that particular poem meant so much to him or her. This 'intro' gets one into the mood to re- Believe it or not, I picked this book up in a pop up box of books to lend,it had been discarded by a nearby library, it has a DVD attached (which I haven't got going yet). As an English major, I read a lot of poetry and 'fell in love' with it but haven't read much in recent years. The format of this book is: the poems in it have been selected by ordinary people who write a little paragraph explaining why that particular poem meant so much to him or her. This 'intro' gets one into the mood to re-read the selected poem or maybe be introduced to a new(to you) poet's work. In these busy days, an easy read with large pages and poems well printed. If you can find it, you'll enjoy it. (Published 2004)

  5. 4 out of 5

    pri

    Picked this up at the library (it's the book of the month at my local library so they are promoting it heavily). Figured a few good poems would pass some time. I didn't realize that this is another branch of the favorite poem project - a project in which people are asked to tell stories about their favorite poems. Why they love it, what it means to them. The stories are sometimes sweet, sometimes silly, and sometimes heart breaking peppered throughout some choice poems. There's also a DVD includ Picked this up at the library (it's the book of the month at my local library so they are promoting it heavily). Figured a few good poems would pass some time. I didn't realize that this is another branch of the favorite poem project - a project in which people are asked to tell stories about their favorite poems. Why they love it, what it means to them. The stories are sometimes sweet, sometimes silly, and sometimes heart breaking peppered throughout some choice poems. There's also a DVD included - to see some of the stories being read by the people who wrote in. It lends a lot to hear why people love some poems - an 81 year old retired anthropologist talking about how Shakespeare's Sonnet 29 (when in disgrace...) "This is a poem which I learned when I was in seventh grade and what it meant to me at that time was that feeling of being in such misfortune - my experience in the orphanage- and the fact that a situation can turn around so quickly.." Or the construction worker who finds that Whitman's snippet from Song of Myself says to him "You probably don't understand what you just read but stay with it and you will and you'll love it" move him to open to more poetry. In short. It's good stuff.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    I have not read this book completely, it is something I look at periodically. It is a collection of 200 poems chosen for publication by American readers. I was given the copy because I submitted a poem that I would recite, if chosen, at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, CT. I was not chosen for the big deal, but there was a side performance during the week where a bunch of us were invited to recite the poem and then tell why it is important. I chose Robert Frost's "Stopp I have not read this book completely, it is something I look at periodically. It is a collection of 200 poems chosen for publication by American readers. I was given the copy because I submitted a poem that I would recite, if chosen, at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, CT. I was not chosen for the big deal, but there was a side performance during the week where a bunch of us were invited to recite the poem and then tell why it is important. I chose Robert Frost's "Stopping by Wood on a Snowy Evening." Here it is: Whose woods these are I think I know, His house is in the village though. He will not see me stopping here, To watch his woods fill up with snow. My little horse must think it queer, To stop without a farmhouse near. Between the woods and frozen lake, The darkest evening of the year. He gives his harness bells a shake, To ask if there is somemitake. The only other sounds the sweep, Of easy wind and downy flake. The woods are lovely. dark and deep, But I have promises to keep. And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep. I love this poem. I say it to myself ever night as I fall asleep.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    I am continuing to enjoy this wonderful collection of poems, complete with personal reactions from people who were personally moved by the particular poems. It comes with a CD of those people reacting to the poetry. I enjoy reading people's reactions to some poetry that I don't particularly like and hearing why it means so much to them. I think part of the appeal of poetry is that it doesn't touch everyone in the same way. I like to read through a poem and form my own opinion and then read why t I am continuing to enjoy this wonderful collection of poems, complete with personal reactions from people who were personally moved by the particular poems. It comes with a CD of those people reacting to the poetry. I enjoy reading people's reactions to some poetry that I don't particularly like and hearing why it means so much to them. I think part of the appeal of poetry is that it doesn't touch everyone in the same way. I like to read through a poem and form my own opinion and then read why that poem is special to someone else.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Peterson

    Summary: Invitation to Poetry is an anthology edited by former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky. Presented in multimedia form with included DVD, this anthology includes the collection of a wide variety of poets. A great starting place for readers new to poetry. A good book for someone looking to explore and learn more about poetry and the variety of writers presented. Inclusion of the DVD makes this a useful teaching tool. Other books: Poems to Read: A New Favorite Poem Project Anthology

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    The Favorite Poem Project is a fantastic idea that stitches America together with a thread of poetry. I've perused all of the FPP anthologies - this one even came with a DVD of people from all walks of life reading their favorite poems. The comments preceding the poems emphasize the personal nature of poetry and give new insight into old classics, as well as showcasing lesser known works. The selections and surprisingly sophisticated reactions from kids are especially great.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I read this a couple of poems at a time over a period of several months. As with any anthology, some poems moved me, some didn't, but overall it was a nice selection. And each poem is introduced by a short bit by the person -- normal people, not poets or academics-- who selected it. It was interesting to see what the poems meant to different people, and how poetry mattered to them.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Allison Tutkowski

    Beautiful. Being the first poetry book I have read, I am spellbound. I found this book cluelessly wandering around the stacks at Memorial Library. My goal was to "get into poetry", but I had no idea where to start. This book was the true invitation I needed. In more than a few ways, this book has forever changed my views on beauty and art.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    This is a great introduction to poetry, with some great personal stories to accompany each piece. I found a few gems.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    Reading this for school, but it's actually pretty good. I like the individual reflections that go along with each poem.

  14. 4 out of 5

    MBC

    Another Favorite Poem Project anthology--this time with an accompanying DVD.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Talia

    Lesson plans/ approaches to teaching/ intorducing poetry in your classroom--all ages, K-12.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mightymac

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tim Knipe

  19. 5 out of 5

    David

  20. 5 out of 5

    ML

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sue Bull

  22. 4 out of 5

    April Franklin

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  24. 4 out of 5

    Annette Skupin

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

  27. 5 out of 5

    benjamin

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amber Atiya

  29. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

  30. 5 out of 5

    Annie

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