The Best Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis have been selected by someone who should know: Caroline Kennedy. While Caroline's two confirmed appearances on the Today Show, a first serial in Good Housekeeping, and further publicity should make this easily the bestselling poetry title of the season, it doesn't hurt that Jackie's taste was excellent. Charming poems from John Clare, Kipling, and a young Jimmy Kennedy are complemented by work from Langston Hughes, Robert Frost and Elizabeth Bishop and by 14 b&w family photos. Caroline Kennedy has organized more than 100 poems into seven sections ("America"; "Adventure" etc.), written short, intimate introductions to each and included a small selection of Jackie's own poems.
There are some short poems in this book that are very enjoyable. The poems by Edna St Vincent Millay and Emily Dickinson are great examples. I was drawn to Hope Is The Thing with Feathers I loved the interesting title, but I also appreciated the wonderful metaphor in the poem about what hope is. I loved Portrait By a Neighbor by Edna St Vincent Millay. Her poems exemplify that mere observations and perceptions can be very poetic. I loved the poem Ithaca because it is such … more
It is impossible to select a favorite poem in this book, because they are all so beautiful and unique. I loved the diversity of themes in this book. There are poems about America, Adventure, Escape, Reflection, Romance and Love. These were subjects that were important to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Caroline Kennedy writes such eloquent introductions to each theme. Each introduction gives us a glimpse into what a beautiful person Jackie Kennedy was. There are several passages … more