Qty:1
  • List Price: $29.95
  • Save: $7.48 (25%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 9 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Add to Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: 100% guaranteed delivery with Fulfillment By Amazon. Pages of this book are crisp and clean. This book shows minor shelf wear associated with limited use. This item appears to have originally come with a CD that is no longer with it. This is a former Library book with normal library stamping and stickers. Purchase of this item will benefit the Friends of the Houston Public Library.
Add to Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Essential Pleasures: A New Anthology of Poems to Read Aloud Hardcover – April 6, 2009


Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$22.47
$11.49 $10.07


Frequently Bought Together

Essential Pleasures: A New Anthology of Poems to Read Aloud + The Sounds of Poetry: A Brief Guide + The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms
Price for all three: $48.62

Buy the selected items together

NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Hero Quick Promo
Browse in Books with Buzz and explore more details on selected titles, including the current pick, "The Good Girl" by Mary Kubica.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 508 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Har/Com edition (April 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393066088
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393066081
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.6 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Pinsky, poet, scholar, and poetry advocate, has been a motivating and innovative force in the great popularization of poetry. His Favorite Poem Project brought poetry lovers of all ages and tastes together in a stream of excellent anthologies, including Poems to Read (2002), and he continues to match erudition with unabashed fun in his latest dynamic endeavor. Pinsky’s mission is to share both the “intellectual and bodily” pleasures of poetry, the latter best appreciated when poetry is read out loud—hence this ebullient read-aloud anthology. With an oceanic knowledge of poetry and a musical ear, Pinksy has assembled an astonishingly vital, enjoyable, centuries-spanning array cleverly organized by form. Here are beautiful, mournful, and funny love poems; narrative poems; odes; complaints; celebrations; parodies; and insults by both celebrated and obscure poets. A CD of Pinsky’s expert readings accompanies the book, but the point is to do it yourself. Readers who read these wisely selected poems out loud, whether to themselves, a sweetheart, friend, cat, or plant, will be amazed at what they discover. --Donna Seaman

About the Author

Robert Pinsky is the author of eight collections of poetry including, most recently, his Selected Poems. His translation The Inferno of Dante won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Poetry. His CD PoemJazz, with Grammy-winning pianist Laurence Hobgood, was released in 2012. As United States Poet Laureate, Pinsky founded the Favorite Poem Project (www.favoritepoem.org), in which thousands of Americans shared their favorite poems. That project gave rise to the previous anthologies, Americans’ Favorite Poems and An Invitation to Poetry, with each poem accompanied by readers’ comments. Pinsky teaches at Boston University.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
3
4 star
1
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 4 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Littrell HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Most poems should in fact be read aloud. Part of the power of poetry is in the spoken word, the sound that reverberates around the head and through the heart and mind. Poetry is in fact a non-linear expression that engages more than the denotative sense of words. It is a way of achieving through various poetic devices: allusion, alliteration, consonance, rhythm, rhyme, sound and even typography, a depth of meaning and experience not possible from mere prose.

Still it is true that some poems sound better read aloud than others, and Robert Pinsky, U.S. Poet Laureate 1997-2000, has come up with a collection of some of the best ever written, designed to please both ear and mind.

The organization is in seven parts. Part I features "Short Lines, Frequent Rhymes," e.g., Gwendolyn Brooks, "We Real Cool"; Robert Frost, "Dust of Snow"; Gerard Manley Hopkins, "Spring and Fall"; Edgar Allan Poe, "Fairy-Land"; five by Emily Dickinson, and twenty-six more. Notice that for the most part the selected poems are not necessary the poet's best or best known. And perhaps the greatest accomplishment in English that might fall under the heading of "Short Lines, Frequent Rhymes," namely Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" doesn't appear perhaps because of its length. I would have liked to have seen included e e cummings's "anyone lived in a pretty how town."

Part II "Long Lines, Strophes, Parallelisms" features the first three chapters of Ecclesiastes; "When You're Lying Awake" from W.S. Gilbert; Allen Ginsberg's inspired musings on Walt Whitman, "A Supermarket in California"; a couple from Walt Whitman and fourteen others.
Read more ›
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Defreitas on November 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Mr Pinsky's anthology is truly a pleasure, introducing this reader to many excellent poems he had not hitherto encountered, notably Fulke Greville's "Epitaph for Sir Philip Sidney," Ogden Nash's "Columbus," and Stuart Dischell's "Days of Me." There is a bias toward the formal -- or do I overstate, with Allen Ginsberg, Lloyd Schwartz, W. C. Williams, and others represented? We are grateful for the inclusion of lighthearted poems, including Edward Lear's "How Pleasant to Meet Mr Lear," of parodies such as "Chard Whitlow" by Henry Reed -- an effective lampoon of T. S. Eliot -- and of savage poems like Jonathan Swift's "The Lady's Dressing Room."

All of these poems, from Wyatt to Williams, from Greville to Ginsberg, read well aloud, as Mr Pinsky believes they should. As an editor, his choices are catholic (small c) and capacious. Unexpected selections exist side by side with "traditional" choices. In an anthology which stresses the vocal quality of verse, we are surprised by the exclusion of W. H. Auden and Dylan Thomas, but are grateful to see old favourites such as Countee Cullen, W. B. Yeats, Emily Dickinson, and the glorious poets of the 16th and 17th centuries. Pinsky's introductions and editorial comments are teacherly without ever becoming burdensomely didactic. Accessible, inviting, intelligent, surprising -- this anthology is highly recommended.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this as a gift for a young lady I know, age 20 who loves poetry and she absolutely loved this book. She even memorized a bunch of her favorites.

Great variety.
Not boring at all.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
16 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Lynott on May 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I heard the author interviewed on NPR, and it sparked an idea: I would arrange a poetry reading at work as part of my Toastmasters group activities. So, it worked. There are many familiar, and new poets in this book, but that's not why I got it. It was all part of the spirit of National Poetry Month, and arranging the reading. So, thanks to the author for the inspiration.
Mike
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Search

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?