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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Unspecified Narrator: Ghizela Rowe, Tim Graham Publisher: The Copyright Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN:
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Christmas, they say, comes but once a year. In these days, it seems to also last for much of that year - but this volume is not just for Christmas!

For the religious amongst us, this annual celebration of the Birth of Christ must seem bitter sweet: it's acknowledgment by billions of people, countered by the pervasive spread of material possessions translating the event to little more than a sales pitch for material wares. Most religions celebrate their founders, but Christianity seems somehow to have lost possession of one of its key rituals in an ever more secular West. The spread of globalisation seems to have hindered rather than helped the true meaning of the festival. Children today are much more interested in what presents they might receive than any spiritual message. As parents too, most of us buy into this and indulge our offspring rather than instil the underlying themes and aims of the festival's meaning common to us all.

In this collection, we rely on the words and wisdom of such fine poets as John Milton, Emily Dickinson, Sir Walter Scott, Daniel Sheehan, William Wordsworth, Robert Louis Stevenson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, and a whole host of others to absorb us in a Christmas time of hope and togetherness. The experiences and memories they share with us speak of a time, of a world that did have a common purpose and an ambition to share good fortune with everyone.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Philip | 5/14/2011

    " the pocket classic does violence to Dickinson. One can safely say that anyone providing a positive review of this is actively harming poetry with thoughtlessness. This symbolizes what kills writing, and has no resemblance to the author's poems. Shelve it under pulp or "recycle bin." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Moe | 4/3/2011

    " It was ok. Most of her poems are not really my cup of tea, if you know what I mean. But it was nice to have a book that includes all three series of her poems. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Callie | 1/6/2011

    " I've had this book for about 10 years now and I usually have it with me or nearby. I love Dickinson - I love how direct she can speak about a topic by leaving a blank space. This collection of her works is special, and includes some of her personal letters. Such a fan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra | 1/4/2011

    " She writes wonderful poetry. I have read her this winter and many times in the past. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 1/3/2011

    " The rhyming scheme just doesn't sit well with me. I enjoyed a few poems but kept sing-songing them in my head. Further cementing my theory that I only like free verse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shauna | 1/3/2011

    " My favorite poet of them all. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Venus | 11/25/2010

    " I had no time to hate, because
    The grave would hinder me,
    And life was not so ample I
    Could finish enmity.

    Nor had I time to love, but since
    Some industry must be,
    The little toil of love, I thought,
    Was large enough for me.
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 11/5/2010

    " She's kicking my butt. Monastic life style choice, or did she have a choice? What would she have lived in another century, girl that she was? Queen of metaphor. Porous, joyous, imprisoned recluse. She's joyous and she kind of hurts to read.... really good though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimathy | 9/17/2010

    " Emily is an amazing poet, she strung words together in such a way that I could not help but to love her poems. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lesley | 7/16/2010

    " I remember some of the poems from high school and college, but others were new to me. Nice collection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 6/26/2010

    " I didn't read all of them...who has? (There are over 1800.) But my students read 25 of them and I got all excited about Dickinson again. What an amazing poet. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelli | 5/3/2010

    " She locked herself away for her craft. I love to read her words. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gentapineda | 4/26/2010

    " This isn't the edition I own and have read, but I couldn't find mine on the site. Nevertheless, I love Dickenson's poems and get a kick out of perusing my book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathe | 4/9/2010

    " I return to her poetry over and over again, always finding something new, discovering what I need, laughing or smiling, and ultimately, understanding myself a little more each time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hoda | 3/26/2010

    " i am nobody who r u?
    r u nobody too?
    then there is a pair of us.... "

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