The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects

A celebrated duo reunites for a look at poems through history inspired by objects earthly and celestial reflecting the time in which each poet lived.A book eating moth in the early Middle Ages A peach blossom during the Renaissance A haunted palace in the Victorian era A lament for the hat in contemporary times Poetry has been a living form of artistic expression for tA celebrated duo reunites for a look at poems through history inspired by objects earthly and celestial reflecting the time in which each poet lived.A book eating moth in the early Middle Ages A peach blossom during the Renaissance A haunted palace in the Victorian era A lament for the hat in contemporary times Poetry has been a living form of artistic expression for thousands of years, and throughout that time poets have found inspiration in everything from swords to stamp albums, candles to cobwebs, manhole covers to the moon In The Death of the Hat A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects, award winning anthologist Paul B Janeczko presents his fiftieth book, offering young readers a quick tour of poets through the ages Breathing bright life into each selection is Chris Raschka s witty, imaginative art.
The Death of the Hat A Brief History of Poetry in Objects A celebrated duo reunites for a look at poems through history inspired by objects earthly and celestial reflecting the time in which each poet lived A book eating moth in the early Middle Ages A peach

  • Title: The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects
  • Author: Paul B. Janeczko Chris Raschka
  • ISBN: 9780763669638
  • Page: 454
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 1 thought on “The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects”

    1. "The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects" is one of the "non-fiction" selections for Chapter and verse Book Club this year. We are reading it as a possible contender for the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal. At the same time that the book list of award contenders for 2015 publications for our book club was released, "The Death of the Hat" appeared in a Star Tribune article on August 18th entitled, "Lovely Picture Books for Your Kids on Sharks, Poetry, North Woods L [...]

    2. I really liked the introduction here and I was excited to see this concept in action. In the end, though, I don't think this approach to the topic of poetry works, especially because when you search for poems about an object you often end up with obscure poems by fantastic poets rather than the poems these writers are famous for.The watercolor artwork did a good job of spotlighting the subjects of the poems and was the main draw to this book (for me).Overall, there was a great selection of autho [...]

    3. The premise of The Death of the Hat is intriguing and challenging. Is it possible to give a brief history of poetry in 50 poems? And in 50 poems about things? What I noticed is that by limiting it to things--to objects--what you get is not 50 of the best poems ever written, but 50 poems that fit the criteria. I would have preferred 50 of the best poems ever OR 50 poems that are really good and still accessible to children. The spanning of the poems through the centuries is nice enough. And as I [...]

    4. Marvelous collection with wonderful watercolor illustrations. Is it suitable for children? I don't know and I don't care. One poem of many favorites:In Praise of a Sword Given Him by His PrinceColman mac Leninitranslated by Richard O'ConnellBlackbirds to a swan,Feathers to hard iron,Rock hags to a siren, All lords to my lord;Jackdaws to a hawk,Cackling to a choir,Sparks to a bonfire, All swords to my sword.

    5. FABULOUS anthology of poetry from Early Middle Ages to Contemporary. Great choices. Accessible to kids. Wonderful illustrations.

    6. I always like his anthologies, but I didn't love this one as much. I think he gave himself too hard of a job by making it a history of poetry that only includes poems about objects. He mentions in the intro that he had some trouble because early Western poets normally wrote about abstract things like philosophy and death, not objects--which you would think would be an indication that maybe this wasn't the best combination of themes! So the early poetry is mostly Eastern and then it suddenly swit [...]

    7. The Death of the Hat takes you on a poetic journey from the Early Middle Ages until Contemporary times. I loved Chris Raschka's illustrations that accompanied the poems. A really cool book.

    8. I am teetering back and forth between 3 and 4 stars. 4 for my personal enjoyment but 3 if I am considering it for children.I liked the premise use 50 poems about 50 objects to give a history of poetry, of different periods. I liked the inclusion of a variety of poets, many famous but some lesser known poets. I liked the illustrations. And I liked many of the poems. Some I really liked. I, personally, enjoyed that while I was familiar with a number of the poets, almost all of the poems were unfam [...]

    9. Paul B. Janeczko and Chris Raschka reunite for this anthology. I will begin by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of poetry. I loved the organization of the poems throughout time, beginning in the Early Middle Ages through today. Each of the 50 poems is written about an object, further uniting the poems in the collection.The poetry caused me to reflect on life and the human experience. Because the poems spanned so many centuries, it was also interesting to read about how someone on [...]

    10. It was hard to read this without comparing it to BEASTLY VERSE, which I just read, since I really don't read a lot of poetry (basically, I read no poetry and just the occasional novel in verse). I loved the concept of a history of poetry geared toward children and told through fifty poems all about objects. The reality was good, but not quite what I was hoping for. I had a difficult time following the poetry's historical progression (despite reading Janeczko's introduction), so I'm not sure how [...]

    11. I read this book as part of the Chapter and Verse Book Club's discussion of possible Sibert Award-Winning books for 2015. You have been forewarned This review is going to be harsh. I will openly admit that poetry is not my thing, however, I can read and enjoy a good poem from time to time. But seriously, bleh! I thought this book was horrible and what I can't figure out is why an anthology of poetry would be a contender for a nonfiction award. I appreciate the difficulty that must lie in creatin [...]

    12. While the book is rather tad challenging and has many “difficult” subjects like death, chivalry, despair, romance, things young children wont understand, is hard to connect and enjoy I think it is rewarding to young readers exploring difficult subjects in life. It is broken into time periods, e.g early-late middle ages, Enlightenment, Gothic, Romantic, Victorian, Modern…so there is a nice history lesson, one sees how poetry progressed, from Medieval ages up to even Women poets/suffrage imp [...]

    13. I really enjoyed the previous poetry collaborations of Janeczko and Raschka. This one is an ambitious addition. As many have noted, this collection is probably for older kids than A Kick in the Head et al.- more middle school than elementary, and probably for those who are already interested in poetry (and not just Silverstein and Prelutsky). I enjoyed the poems, although I'm not enough of a poetry reader to comment on the selection. I love the illustrations; Raschka's impressionistic and abstra [...]

    14. This poetry anthology gives examples of how poetry has changes over time. Paul Janezcko chose to use Western literary eras to divide the book, but he included poets from the Eastern hemisphere as well as the Western hemisphere. Readers will see some poems from famous poets (Edgar Allen Poe, Emily Dickinson, Robert Burns) and poems from diverse cultures (by Cui Tu, Langston Hughes, Pablo Neruda). The introduction at the start of the book is worth a read as it explains the process of trying to sel [...]

    15. When we need it the most, winter sheds sleep yielding to spring. The cold slowly gives way to warmth. Snowfall is replaced with welcome rain showers. Spots of green appear in brown, leaf-coated gardens. Silence is filled with song. So it is with National Poetry Month in April. We need this timely tribute to a body of literary verse regardless of the selected style. Having already committed to reading more poetry for several weeks, I find myself forming fresh descriptions of my daily sensory expe [...]

    16. Putting a poem in a short book with large pages and colorful pictures does not make it a children's poem. The poems in this book are good poems and judiciously chosen--for adults. Most of them have no kid appeal at all, and the choice of some of them is downright baffling. The clearest example of this is a poem in which the poet uses the latest birthday card from a dying aunt as a springboard to a meditation on mortality and its physical manifestation in the card in question. I'm not one of thos [...]

    17. Make that 2 1/2 stars if I'm feeling generous. I was more confused by this book than anything else. On the surface it says "picture book", but that is lost after page 1 of the introduction. I don't think children or early teens would "get" any but a handful of these poems. As another reviewer said, this is a good argument for the "poetry is boring" belief. The illustrations are good, the match of text to artwork is fair to ok, the text is for older teens and adults (if they can wade through it, [...]

    18. First let me say that reading through this book was a pleasure. It's a fun concept that is an interesting and structured way to introduce younger readers to poetry. Lots of interesting new language, lots to talk about. The book starts with the early middle ages and works all the way up to contemporary poets. Chris Raschka's illustrations add a really lively element to these poems and are always so beautiful. Second I should say that the lack of diversity in the poems is really stark. There are 8 [...]

    19. This is not your typical anthology of poems for children. Janeczko chose poems based on two things - their place in the history of literature and the fact that they were about an object. This has lead to a group of 50 poems that don't seem to meld together and are not very child friendly. I don't think that kids always need to read "funny kid poetry" - in fact I try to help my students learn that there are many poets, not just Shel Silverstein - but I do think that poems need to be presented in [...]

    20. It was an interesting idea to compile 50 poems about 50 objects that would tell the history of poetry. As an anthology, many of the poems included would be unfamiliar to the average child at whom this book is aimed so it would certainly expose them to new ideas, forms and poets. As a picture book, the illustrations are acceptable but not overwhelmingly engaging. Some of the poems included would be difficult for adults to enjoy, let alone kids at whom this book is presumably aimed. I love poetry. [...]

    21. I am so glad this odd little book exists. What a great concept to get kids hooked on poetry: "a brief history of poetry in 50 objects." Although I"m not sure many young readers would wade through the thorough and insightful introduction, Chris Raschka's delightful watercolor paintings will keep them turning pages even if a particular poem doesn't grab their attention.I like the variety of poetry, and that the editor tried to include a variety of poets, not just "dead white men." Kids will be fas [...]

    22. In the words of Jess Mariano from the CW Tv Show, Gilmore Girls "I can’t get into poetry. It’s kind of like, geez, just say it already, we’re dying here."Yep!I liked "The Death of a Hat poem" and the Cocoa one and the rest well "Just say it already"Just not my cup o tea. Would be a good resource if you had to pick one poem to memorize to study. Reading the whole thingwas grueling!! I like the some poetry and imaginary and good writing but I can just sit in a Jane Austen book, in a corner, [...]

    23. it's not easy to compile a book of poems that might appeal to young readers and listeners, but this is a noble attempt. This is best read in small doses, and of course, not every poem will appeal to every reader or listener. I appreciated the illustrations, but somehow felt they could have been better, or more interesting. I renewed my friendship with some old poem and poet "friends" , but do feel that it will be a hard sell for most young children. it is only the exceptional listener or reader [...]

    24. An interesting anthology of poems grouped together into chronological periods of time, all about real world objects, whether animals, people, or inanimate objects. Raschka's impressionistic watercolor paintings are beautiful accompaniments to these poems. Although the book is only 77 pages long, with one poem per page or double-page spread, the vocabulary in most of them is very sophisticated, so that only exceptional middle school students or high school students may be able to read and underst [...]

    25. Introducing the reader to historical styles of poetry, the author presents this collection of 50 sequential poems. While it is helpful to younger audiences to tie each poem to an object for referral there seems to be some overlapping in objects. Poems are meant to be read and digested, and these poems are no different and with patience the collection will help a interested reader find a taste for poetry written from the Early Middles Ages to the present day. Janeczko, P. B. (2015). The death of [...]

    26. This poetry anthology walks through time including male and female authors from the early middle ages through contemporary times. True to artme will not immediately hold your understanding and others will reach out from the page to grab you. The simple and bright, whimsical watercolor illustrations sometimes upstage the poems. This is an enjoyable look at what has changed in poetry and what has stayed the same.

    27. No poetry collection is complete without Janeczko's titles, including this one. Raschka's illustrations make the book appealing to younger readers, but the poems (and the overall concept) vary in accessibility depending on age and background. Even so, this collection of poems by gifted writers is a must and can serve as mentor text for taking inspiration from even the most mundane objects.

    28. I love poetry.The clever premise to the anthology is that each poem deals with an object--not a feeling, not a person--an object from a different time period of poetry writing.While I liked some (notably Edna St. Vincent Millay's and Rita Dove's), most fell a little flat.Nothing to rave about, but ok.

    29. Reviewed for the Mock Caldecott Awards. A wonderfully illustrated book of poems by various poets including Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, Robert Louis Stevensen and many others. My 2 favorites were Mushrooms by Sylvia Plath and A Birthday Card by Ted Kooser. The watercolor illustrations were just wonderful.

    30. Listed in CCBC Choices 2016 under Poetry. Great historical collection of poems about objects from early middle ages, high middle ages, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, Romantic and Victorian periods to the Modern, Postmodern and Contemporary. Loved the interplay of the illustrations with the text. Sweet Spot: Middle School English Poetry Units.

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