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The Maine Poets: A Verse Anthology by Wesley…

The Maine Poets: A Verse Anthology

by Wesley McNair

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This is a very odd anthology. It is not a collection of poets from Maine, nor is it a collection of poetry about Maine. Instead, it's a collection of poetry by poets who have some tie to Maine, whether the poem is about Maine or not. I met some interesting new poets here and I read some interesting poems about Maine, but what I really wanted was a collection of poetry that reflected what Maine is like. So every time I picked it up, I had this vaguely annoyed feeling, wondering how this poem or poet might be loosely connected to Maine. If you want an anthology of sort of random poems by US poets, mostly from the Northeast, this was interesting, but if you want something about Maine, look elsewhere. ( )
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More than most states, Maine has always had a rich literary heritage, including such poetic luminaries as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edwin Arlington Robinson, and Edna St. Vincent Millay. Some of the work of these three, plus that of 34 other poets, make up this comprehensive anthology. Editor Wesley McNair has selected the finest poems by Maine's best poets, and the styles range from classic to contemporary.

Not all of the poems to be found here are exclusively about Maine -- proof of the universal reach and appeal of both region and writer -- but each verse certainly conveys aspects of Maine's unique character, be it a staunch work ethic, a tone of wry Yankee humor, or the morality of Puritan values. Poems were not chosen for their popularity; readers looking for an old favorite might not find it here, but will perhaps be led to a new understanding and appreciation of Maine's poets.

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