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101 Great American Poems (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – January 21, 1998
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Most of its poems are the shorter poems of great poetic masters , for instance for Wallace Stevens, " Thirteen ways of looking at a blackbird' and the 'Emperor of Ice- Cream' but not the 'Idea of Order at Key West' for Eliot, " Prufrock" but not the "Wasteland " or the "Quartets".
A wonderful collection most highly recommended.
When considering whether to buy this book, it is important to note that the title is *not* _The 101 Greatest American Poems_. It is more modestly, _101 Great American Poems_, which were selected for a variety of reasons.
These are mostly old favorites, which is to be expected because the back of the book reads, "selected for both popularity and literary quality..."
The publishers appear to have tried to include poems from blacks and other people that historically had a hard time publishing. There are 35 poets, ten of whom are women, and four are black. Only William Carlos Williams represents anyone of Hispanic descent. Historically, in terms of poems that have been appreciated and loved by the majority of Americans, this is a fair representation. On the other hand, we know now that many other great poems were not published or publicized because of the color of the author's skin, or her sex. Therefore, depending on what you are looking for, you may or may not be happy with this compilation. Our family is happy with it as an introduction to well-known poems but we'll probably supplement with less-known poetry using other collections.
The poems are arranged in chronological order. If you are looking to introduce a child to poetry, they are generally of quite manageable length. There are several which are appropriate for recitation, reading at the dinner table, or reading at bedtime.
Many of the poems deal with death so it might not be the ideal introduction for the very sensitive child who is reading on her own.
Perhaps you will enjoy this book more if you are new to poetry; my advice is to choose a poem you like, then read more by that author. On the other hand, for a dollar you can hardly go wrong adding this book to another order. You might buy a couple and hand them around just to raise awareness of poetry, which isn't read in schools as it was a hundred years ago.
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This is a wonderful collection of American poetry classics. It contains most of the poems that have been taught through the years in American schools as the... Read more
We ordered this book for my elderly mother in law who was confined to bed the last 8 months of her life. Read morePublished 13 days ago by kjextreme
Delightful anthology of some of my favorite poems. Had this book and lost it. Just ordered. Cannot wait to receive. Great price too.Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
I enjoyed this collection very much. Although, I would have liked to see other choices of works for some of the included authors. All-on-air, it was worth the price.Published 4 months ago by Mac