Monday, October 12, 2020

Good Books by Edgar Guest

When you think of the sweetest poems about books and reading, the first thing that comes to my mind is Julia Donaldson's I Opened A Book. And, the second thing that comes to my mind is Good Books by Edgar Guest. Books open up a portal to many different worlds, and make us experience things that are both within and beyond imagination. And, if sweet, simple words could capture that with lovable rhyme, then these two poems will top in that list. 

Edgar Guest- the People's poet- just like his many other poems, gives you some of the most cheerful insights on the fellowship of books. This is definitely a favourite. Here's the poem!

Good books are friendly things to own.
If you are busy they will wait.
They will not call you on the phone
Or wake you if the hour is late.
They stand together row by row,
Upon the low shelf or the high.
But if you’re lonesome this you know:
You have a friend or two nearby.

The fellowship of books is real.
They’re never noisy when you’re still.
They won’t disturb you at your meal.
They’ll comfort you when you are ill.
The lonesome hours they’ll always share.
When slighted they will not complain.
And though for them you’ve ceased to care
Your constant friends they’ll still remain.

Good books your faults will never see
Or tell about them round the town.
If you would have their company
You merely have to take them down.
They’ll help you pass the time away,
They’ll counsel give if that you need.
He has true friends for night and day
Who has a few good books to read.

If you want to experience other poets, writers write about what reading is to them, then try these poems, which are also my favourites: There is no Frigate like a Book by Emily Dickinson, Read to Me by Jane Yolen (she says, read to me- and when you are finished, please read them again!), and Happy Chimney Corner Days by Robert Louis Stevenson. I love all of them!

Hope you enjoyed it!

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