This collection features 100 poems by the biggest names in classic poetry--Shakespeare, Jonson, Donne, Keats, Yeats, Tennyson, Blake, and more. Each poem is preceded by helpful and informative commentary. It is ranked, too, and while it is virtually impossible to rank the greatest poems of all time, fans of ranking such as myself will find it amusing and will notice that the ranking system enlivens the reading. This book stands as a perfect introduction to poetry. If you know nothing of classic poetry and seek to start, buy this book. It is not too long, like most collections would be, and features only the finest poems ever written. From there, you can use the handy author's information in the back appendix and read more by the poets of your choice. This really is a perfect introductory compilation of poems, and like the previous reviewer I cannot fathom why it is out of print either.
I can't fathom why this is out of print
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 17 years ago
This book is a wonderful resource for the casual reader, or memorizer, of lyric poetry. By design, it's a "greatest hits" anthology, so you're not going to find any surprises here. But it's great to have "To His Coy Mistress," "Prufrock," "Fern Hill," "At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners," and 96 more poems worth memorizing at your fingertips.The layout deserves special praise. Every poem gets a one- or two-page display to itself, with lots of white space around the poem -- an attractive display that's restful on the eye, and somehow very modern-looking. Every poem also gets an informative and sometimes quirky introductory paragraph.
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