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GLEANINGS FROM ENGLISH POETRY.
FOURTH EDITION. – REVISED BY
ENGLISH MASTER AT THE 'RIJKS HOOGERE BURGERSCHOOL'
GRONINGEN: J. B. W
The fourth edition of Hoekzema's Gleanings from English Poetry has, like the seventh edition of the Prose Gleanings, undergone considerable
These alterations are caused not only by the addition of selections
from contemporary poets, but also by the classification of the selections:
the book has been divided into three distinct parts.
The first part will be seen to comprise about sixty pages of Miscel.
laneous Poeins, of which some are plain and easy, others selected from
poets that cannot be classed among those whose influence on English
literature is of a preponderating kind: – specimens have also been
added from writers whose poetry does not claim a place of mark in a
compilation like the present.
The second part “English Poetry” and the third “American Poetry”
are chronologically arranged.
After mature deliberation we have decided not to include the selections from Shakspere's Plays, found in the third eciron, ne in moct casus it
will be found preferable to read one or more of the plays themselves
It has been our aim
to form an attractive and suitable selection of
poetry for the pupils of Gymnasiums, Middle Class Schools for Girls or
Boys, and schools of a similar kind.
We have experienced great difficulty in keeping in view our object of tinding not only suitable but characteristic or representative selections, reflecting the style and the genius of the writer.
Should we have successfully grappled with these difficulties, we trust
that this Poetry Book, in its new form, will prove of use in teaching
English literature, as well as a pleasant companion to the prose reader
of lower forms.
May it arouse in the pupils a desire for a wider acquaintance with
the treasures of English Poetry.
GRONINGEN, July 1893.