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The Norton Anthology of Poetry (original 1996; edition 2004)

by Margaret Ferguson

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Title:The Norton Anthology of Poetry
Authors:Margaret Ferguson
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (2004), Edition: 5th, Paperback, 2182 pages
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At the end of the end of the 1960 film, The Time Machine, the hero, George Wells, returns to the future taking three books from his library with him. Viewers are left to ponder which three books he takes - it's never revealed. If it had been me, this would be one of the books.

The Norton Anthology is a part of who I am. It opened - and continues to open - doors into some of the great literary minds of our culture. A starting point from which you can go on and learn more (i.e., don't stop with this book!).

If there is any doubt about its greatness, let me show you that it contains as much of both the sacred and the profane as the Bible:

Alexander Pope:

"Know then thyself, presume not God to scan,

The proper study of mankind is Man.

Placed on this isthmus of a middle state,

A being darkly wise and rudely great:

With too much knowledge for the Sceptic side,

With too much weakness for the Stoic’s pride,

He hangs between, in doubt to act or rest;

In doubt to deem himself a God or Beast;

In doubt his mind or body to prefer;

Born but to die, and reas’ning but to err;

Alike in ignorance, his reason such,

Whether he thinks too little or too much;

Chaos of thought and passion, all confused;

Still by himself abused or disabused;

Created half to rise, and half to fall:

Great lord of all things, yet a prey to all;

Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurl’d;

The glory, jest, and riddle of the world!"


Ogden Nash:

"The cow is of the bovine ilk;
One end is moo, the other, milk."

Genius, sheer genius. ( )
  vlodko62 | Dec 29, 2018 |
I say I've read this, but obviously I haven't read it all. This is an amazing anthology, and it's huge, and I may spend my entire life working through it. The range of poets and poems in it is amazing, and I'm looking forward to studying some of it in more depth so much. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
The most comprehensive anthology of poetry that I have encountered. Covering several centuries of poetry it includes all the great lyrical poems and many more to entertain and educate the poetry lover. It is a wonderful reference and companion for any literature lover -- with a chronological organization it is easy to dip into the collection from time to time. In this book you can find some of your favorite poems, but more importantly you can expand your range of poetic interest, find new favorites, and learn about different approaches to the poetic art. I read this as part of the Basic Program of Liberal Education at The University of Chicago and continue to enjoy the poems selected for this anthology. ( )
  jwhenderson | Jan 26, 2013 |
Book Description: New York: W.W. Norton & Co, 1973. stated 1st edition, dark blue cloth, lettered in silver on spine, tall 8vo, fine in clipped, Mylar wrapped dj, 1456pp.
  Czrbr | Jun 7, 2010 |
This book contains an excellent selection of poems spanning the entire history of poetry in English. Many old favourites are present, along with a good range of less well known material giving a broad overview of the subject matter. The only criticism I would level is that the editorial viewpoint is somewhat traditional and occasionally narrow. Editorial material aside however, this remains a quintessential collection for anybody interested in broadening their exposure to poetry. ( )
  gaspodog | Jun 4, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393968200, Paperback)

The fourth edition of this standard work contains 1800 poems by 300 poets, with 600 poems and 100 poets newly included. The anthology offers more poetry by women (40 new poets), with special attention to early women poets. The book also includes a greater diversity of American poetry, with double the number of poems by African American, Hispanic, native American and Asian American poets. There are 26 new poets representing the Commonwealth literature tradition: now included are more than 37 poets from Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Caribbean, South Africa and India. A reconsideration of many classic poets, from Shakespeare and Bradstreet to Larkin and Rich has been added in this edition, together with a wider representation of the beginnings of poetry in English: the Anglo-Saxon "Caedmon's Hymn" and selections from "Beowulf", as well as Middle English lyrics, popular riddles, romance, allegory, and the verse tales of Chaucer and Langland, are now included. The collection also includes short biographical sketches and a system of annotation.

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Long the classic anthology of poetry in English, The Norton Anthology of Poetry, Fifth Edition, adds to its wealth of known and loved poems a rich gathering of new poetry. Beginning with Beowulf, newly represented by selections from Seamus Heaney's dazzling translation, and continuing to the present day, The Norton Anthology of Poetry includes over 1,700 poems by 340 poets in the Regular Edition, and 1,100 poems by 250 poets in the Shorter. Many major figures--from Chaucer and Shakespeare to Ashbery and Walcott--have expanded sections, and a range of outstanding younger voices have been newly added. Concise annotations, biographical sketches, an Essay on Versification by Jon Stallworthy, and, new to this edition, an Essay on Poetic Syntax by Margaret Ferguson help readers understand and enjoy the poems.… (more)

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