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Palgrave's Golden Treasury Paperback – December 12, 2002


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  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 6 edition (December 12, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192803697
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192803696
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.5 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,068,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Press served with the British Council overseas for many years, and was Visiting Professor at University of Paris. He has published numerous collections of verse translations.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Michael Wischmeyer on April 14, 2003
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English lyrical poetry is among the world's finest poetry. Many years ago Francis Turner Palgrave, a professor of poetry at Oxford, compiled a highly respected anthology of English lyrical poetry.
I clearly recall my excitement in my first reading of Palgrave's collection. I have since become familiar with several other good anthologies, but Palgrave's remains my favorite.
Palgrave's remarkable anthology of English lyrical poetry is found with various titles: "The Golden Treasury of the Best Songs and Lyrical Poems in the English Language", or "Palgrave's Golden Treasury from Shakespeare to the Present", or "Palgrave's Golden Treasury", or simply "The Golden Treasury". Sometimes one title is found on the book cover and another on the title page.
Palgrave's "The Golden Treasury" has remained continuously in print since 1861, with Oxford University Press editions in 1907, 1909, 1929, 1940, 1964 (Section V added), and 1994 (Section V1 added). New printings occur every few years.
Today this remarkable anthology is now nearly 700 pages. The font size is large and easy to read.
Palgrave's somewhat sparse footnotes are only available for Sections I-IV. Many readers may need a good dictionary for occasional archaic words and unfamiliar references to Greek and Roman mythology. I have found it quite helpful and entertaining to have a copy of Bulfinch's The Age of Fable nearby. Whichever edition and printing that you acquire, I hope you enjoy Palgrave's selections as much as I did. Cheers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn on October 18, 2011
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There's lots of good stuff in this book. It's very sturdy and has a poem for every mood.

But sometimes, it felt like it was missing some of the classic poems I was looking for, but I'm not a hardcore English or poetry studier. Maybe it was okay that it was like that.

I positively loved the original sections that Palgrave chose, which are in the beginning, rather than the more modern poems.

I liked it. I recommend it as a good starting poetry anthology. =)
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I bought a copy of this book on behalf of my uncle Ivor, who wanted it on behalf of a friend living abroad, and had difficulty obtaining a copy of this out-of-print book. Before my uncle sent the book on, he opened it up and browsed through it, and was so delighted with it, that he wanted a copy for himself!

Amazon keeps asking me to review it, and so I passed the request on to my uncle, who now has his own copy. Here's his description.
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"Palgrave's selection of Lyrical Poetry and Songs, Books 1-4, taken from the 16th Century to the Romantic poetry of Wordsworth, Keats, Byron and Shelley, represents a range of human emotions, religious experience, and insight of the natural world and death. The poems are mainly by British poets, who express their thoughts and emotions in memorable, musical language--
'My heart leaps up when I behold | a rainbow in the sky ...'; 'The child is Father of the man ...'

"Oscar Williams has supplemented in Books 5-7 some of the poets not included by Palgrave, such as John Donne an other metaphysical poets, and taken his selections into the 2oth century. He has included T. S. Eliot, Yeates, Auden, Wilfred Owen, Frost, and Dylan Thomas, among others.

"This is a good collection of a broad range of poetry of four centuries."
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By Frank Karwandy on February 6, 2014
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I ordered Palgrave because I had used it as a text in public and high school and wished to reread it.
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By Dolly on January 10, 2013
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This is a beautiful collection of poems from many eras and includes some very well-known favourites as well as a few more obscure ones. It is one of the most comprehensive anthologies and an old favourite for returning to again and again. Beautifully compiled and so much more uplifting than many modern anthologies!
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