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OUR

POETICAL FAVORITES

A SELECTION FROM THE BEST MINOR POEMS

OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

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OUR POETICAL FAVORITES.

First Series.
Being a Selection from the Best Minor Poems. By A. C.
KENDRICK.

Tinted paper. Price, $2.00.

i vol.

12 mo.

OUR POETICAL FAVORITES.

Second Scries.
Being a Selection Chiefly from the Best of the Longer English

Poems. By A. C. KENDRICK. I vol. 12mo. Tinted paper.
Price, $2.00

OUR POETICAL FAVORITES.

Third Series.
Being a Selection from the Best Poems of the English Lan-

guage; containing especially many recent poems, and pieces by
the new writers, both English and American. By A. C.
KENDRICK.
I vol.

Tinted paper. Price, $2.00.

12mo.

UNIVERSITY PRESS:
JOHN WILSON AND SON, CAMBRIDGE.

PREFACE.

This volume closes the series of “Our Poetical Favorites.” Hardly more now than when he presented the first volume does the Editor flatter himself that he has exhausted the treasures of the poetry of our language. It is perhaps not desirable, if it were possible, that they should be exhausted in any one popular anthology. But he has failed in his purpose if the three volumes do not present such an array, from so wide a variety of sources, that the reader who is familiar with them may be fairly said to have some familiarity with the form and the spirit of the great body of English poetry.

The first volume, as was natural, abounds in those pieces, by standard authors, which are so excellent and so famous that one could hardly conceive of a collection without them. The second volume consists mainly of longer poems, which yet are not so tong but that they may be read at a single sitting and retain the effect of a single poem. One peculiarity of the present volume is that it endeavors especially to recognize the claims of new poets, not a few of whom have come into publicity since the first volume appeared, ten years ago ; another is the introduction of a limited number of humorous pieces.

It is not often that humorous verses can be strictly classed as poetry ; few besides Hood and Holmes have exhibited the exquisite faculty of blending

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