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Premier Book of Major Poets: An Anthology (edition 1996)

by Anita Dore

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This brilliant collection spans the Middle Ages to modern day to bring you a unique selection of the greatest poetry of all times. Arranged around major themes such as love and hate, war and peace, liberty and oppression, alienation and city life, THE PREMIER BOOK OF MAJOR POETS is an invaluable reference work as well as a source of great pleasure. Among the poets included are: Matthew Arnold, Gwendolyn Brooks, Geoffrey Chaucer, John Donne, Mari Evans, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Langson Hughes, Randall Jarrell, Fedrico Gardic a Lorca, John Milton, William Butler Yeats, and many more.… (more)
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Title:Premier Book of Major Poets: An Anthology
Authors:Anita Dore
Info:Ballantine Books (1996), Edition: 1st Ballentine Books trade ed, Paperback, 336 pages
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I have four poetry anthologies, and I'd rank this next to last. The fat tome Book of Women Poets for it's international and historical focus--it opens with Enheduanna, a Sumerian Priestess who may be the earliest known name in written literature. The Immortal Poems of the English Language offers 447 poems embracing a wide range of the best poets in the language from Chaucer to Dylan Thomas. This is a slimmer volume than either, having been published in 1970 would miss the best of the last half century and with only 270 poems of the English language. It's value added is the grouping into themes: Nature, Creatures, Portraits, Stories, Love, Generation, Humor, Places... Home and Away, Belief, Commitment, Protest, War, Death, Alienation, Human Condition, Meaning of Life. To take as an example the smallest section, humor, it includes:

Lewis Carroll, The Mad Gardener's Song
Guy Wetmore Carryl, The Sycophantic Fox and the Gullible Raven
W. S. Gilbert, Nightmare
Robert Burns, To an Artist
Lewis Carroll, Evidence Read at the Trial of the Knave of Hearts
Phyllis McGinley, Death at Suppertime

That illustrates one of the book's strongest virtues, that it doesn't just go to the usual subjects, and in fact my favorites in that section come from the more obscure poets--Carryl and McGinley. So, an anthology at least worth considering. ( )
  LisaMaria_C | Aug 17, 2013 |
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