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Immortal Poets [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Burns
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Book Description

Now with touch screen navigation for Kindle Fire and iPad. For students and poetry lovers old and new, Immortal Poets offers a deep selection from the works of the greatest English and American poets, along with brief biographies of each one and a portrait of the times they lived in. There are fascinating people behind the great poems. In this new anthology, and Christopher Burns has brought them to life. Equal to more than a thousand pages in print, the book includes 547 poems and 120 poets from Beowulf to Robert Frost. About 200 of the poems appear in The Seashell Anthology and in The Norton Anthology—they are the classics. But Immortal Poets goes deeper: Shakespeare (27), Dickinson (21), Millay (16), Whitman (15), Sandburg (14), and Frost (13). It also includes the full text of such long works as “The Waste Land,” ”Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” “Evangeline,” and “The Raven,” as well as generous excerpts from “Beowulf”, Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales”, Whitman’s “Song of Myself”, and FitzGerald’s “Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam”.

The stories behind the poems are wonderful: John Wilmot had John Dryden beaten up in an alley by thugs, Alexander Pope traveled with a Great Dane and two loaded pistols to protect himself from critics he had insulted. Dante Rossetti hired men to open his wife’s grave after six years and retrieve his collection of unpublished poems. On his seventieth birthday, John Greenleaf Whittier had a few of his friends over for dinner: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Mark Twain. Many of the great poets died poor, eight committed suicide, Tichborne was drawn and quartered at eighteen, Marlowe died in a barroom brawl, and Raleigh was beheaded. But many others lived long and colorful lives: three won the Nobel Prize for Literature; Robert Service, who wrote “The Cremation of Sam Magee”, made a million dollars from his poetry and died on the French Riviera at eighty-four.

Available only as an ebook, the anthology is deeply indexed by author, title and period, with a navigation bar at the top of every page. Short illustrated biographies are included for each poet, as well as descriptions of each group, from the Elizabethans to the Moderninsts.

Poets represented by four poems or more include: William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, John Donne, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Walt Whitman, Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, William Butler Yeats, Robert Browning, William Blake, William Wordsworth, Robert Burns, Alfred Tennyson, A. E. Housman, William Carlos Williams, Percy Bysshe Shelly, Thomas Hardy, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Laurence Hope, Charlotte Mew, Thomas Campion, D. H. Lawrence, Wilfred Owen, Langston Hughes, Edwin Arlington Robinson, Robert Herrick, John Keats, Matthew Arnold, Lewis Carroll, Rudyard Kipling, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edgar Allen Poe, Ernest Dowson, Walter de la Mare, John Masefield, Anna Wickham, Sara Teasdale, Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, e. e. cummings, George Herbert, Ben Jonson, John Wilmot, Alexander Pope, William Cowper, Lord Byron, Christina Rossetti, Arthur Symons, Claude McKay, Helene Johnson, Amy Lowell, Elinor Wylie, Wallace Stevens, and Archibald MacLeish. (rel 1.09)

Christopher Burns is a long-time media executive and editor of The Seashell Anthology of Great Poetry, the best-selling poetry book on Kindle.

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  • File Size: 2197 KB
  • Publisher: The Seashell Press (February 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply outstanding March 22, 2011
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The Kindle and poetry were made for each other and this fine anthology demonstrates how happy the marriage can be.
Firstly the choice of poets is excellent. From the Beowulf poet to poets of the early 20th century over 100 poets are included. The selection of poems is mainly classic texts from longer poems such as Grey's Elegy in a Country Churchyard, Wordsworth's Immortality Ode and Eliot's Waste Land to shorter ones including Marvell's To His Coy Mistress, Blake's The Tiger, Tennyson's Ulysses and Frost's The Road Not Taken. The selections are generous. For example W.B. Yeats has eleven poems including Easter 1916 and favorites like The Lake Isle of Innisfree and When You Are Old and Grey.
Secondly the layout is very well thought out. The poets are put into mainly chronological groups. Each poet has a biographical introduction and each well-formatted poem starts on a new page.
Finally the navigation is really helpful. At the start of the book there is a fully navigable contents page which takes you to any poet or group of poets and from each poet's opening page you can go to any individual poem. At the top of each page where a poem starts there is a very useful navigation bar from which you can go to the next poem, the table of contents, the start of that section or a list of the poet's entries. At the back of the book there are fully navigable indices of poem titles and of poets. Ebook navigation doesn't get any better.
For all these reasons I would say that if you are looking for an ebook anthology of classic poems in English that you can browse with pleasure at any time then look no further than this. It is simply outstanding.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Christopher Burns has produced the best poetry collection in a portable and personal eBook format. By including background information about each poet's motivation and development, he offers the reader new insights concerning poetic creativity.

The poems are organized according to significant periods in the history of poetry from the Pre-Elizabethans to the Modernists. The Introduction is well-written and informative - it discusses how the book is organized, why the study of each poet's background leads to a better understanding of their poetry, and presents three characteristics of great poets. Burns analyzes some important environmental factors in the development of the immortal poets. In addition, he has a fascinating discussion of certain indicators related to early giftedness (e.g., excitabilities) that might be precursors to the poetic imagination.

Carry this eBook around with you. Read it for insights and constant inspiration. You can't go wrong by purchasing Immortal Poets!

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection. March 10, 2011
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I loved the author's other collection, the seashell anthology, so i tried this. Ive never been much into poetry and these have been a great way to test the water. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great especially for the non-English major June 22, 2012
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A great compendium for the non English major. It gave me a history of poetry and a set of poems spanning the centuries. The 2 other books I downloaded did not even compare
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Immortal gives you a wonderful out line of the best in English written poetry from just after Chancer and Shakespeare up to about 1930. The book is a who's who of English written work with wonder short biographies at the start of each author's work. It is a great over view of English written poem for all who speak English or who are learning it. The examples are nicely presented. They range from She walks in Beauty by Lord Byron to How Do I Love Thee by Elizabeth Browning to Sympathy by Paul Lawrence Dunbar to I, Too Sing America by Langston Hughes, to Politics by William Butler Yeats to Sleepless by Sarah Teasdale to The Road Not Taken by Road by Robert Frost to when god lets my body be by e e cummings, It has a awesome range of poets in-between from Dickinson to Whitman and Longfellow, and Poe. All the greats you want to read.
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The author's fine penchant for story telling makes this an unusually enjoyable collection of poetry. Not only is his choice of poems superb, but his stories about the poets are fine reading in themselves. It's the sort of book to take on a long vacation when you have plenty of reading time divided into short stretches.
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More About the Author

Christopher Burns is editor of the Seashell Anthology of Great Poetry, (Random House, 1995), and author of the novel, Island Wilderness; Imagining the Early Years of Martha's Vineyard which won honorable mention for fiction in the annual IPPY awards of 2005. Deadly Decisions; How False Knowledge Sank the Titanic, Blew Up the Shuttle and Led America into War, published in 2009, was widely praised as a study of how we manage information, alone and in groups. His latest novel, In Sorrow All Our Days is a quirky love story drawing in part on the characters he grew up with in the small towns north of Boston. He is a former senior executive at the Washington Post and the Minneapolis Star and Tribune, and Executive Editor of UPI, the world wide wire service. An amateur musician, ex-army officer and father of five, he now lives with his wife in Ipswich, at the edge of the great salt marsh.

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