At a garage sale recently there was a box of books out the front for free. I had a quick look through and picked up, The Poet’s Voice, An Anthology of English and Australian Poetry. First published in 1964 it is the classic school poetry book to be studied by students but I was very surprised that the previous owner was in Grade V.
The book includes all the classics by William Blake, Wilfred Owen, Judith Wright, W H Auden, Shakespeare, John Milton etc etc. Some poems are as long as 39 verses!
The thing I love about this book though, is that it comes complete with the owner’s pencilled in study notes! Next to this Thomas Grey poem:
Elegy Written In A Country Churchyard
The curfew tolls the knell of parting day,
The lowing herd wind slowly o’er the lea,
The ploughman homeward plods his weary way,
And leaves the world to darkness, and to me.
solemn, dull sound, rest at end of day, asked oneself quietness, weary, tired
Lines from the poem are underlined in pencil with arrows going back and forward from the notes to the poem. I love the fact that the book still has something of the owner amongst its pages.