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Six Centuries of English Poetry: Tennyson to Chaucer (1892) Hardcover – December 7, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-1120818904 ISBN-10: 1120818907

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  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (December 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1120818907
  • ISBN-13: 978-1120818904
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nice compilation of poems.
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I read for the beauty of the word.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By EmEnz on December 8, 2011
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The content of this book is beyond criticism, it being a wonderful selection of English poetry. The accompanying history and notes are also interesting and educational. However, it is impossible to navigate to individual poems, or even to the different centuries into which the book is divided. The reader has to start at the beginning and read to the end, which is not the usual way anthologies are meant to be used. This is frustrating.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Avi O on January 30, 2012
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The Pro's of first reviewer are valid. He failed to find any Table of Content but it IS there, location 131 onwards: both general for periods, and detailed for poems, and it works.
Paging is not really edited, as in many Kindle books, and only because of that I do not give full 5*
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Richard Brancato on July 26, 2012
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A good sampling of English poetry starting with Tennyson, Browning, Wordsworth, and Keats in the 19th Century and going back to Chaucer in the 14th century. There are some very well-known poems here, but there is also a fair amount of lesser-known work to round it out. As a result, this is not a "Best of" kind of book, but rather a book that attempts to show and give the reader a good sampling of the work being done in each of the time periods. Tennyson's poems "The Lady of Shalott" and "The Brook", for example, are included, while his greatest(in my opinion)poem "Ulysses", is not. A commendable feature of the book is the biographical notes that accompany the poets. These are often quite interesting and help the reader gain valuable insights into some of the poems. Baldwin's language, as well as that of the critics whom he quotes, can sometimes seem a bit stuffy or overly academic, and there were times when I was not sure what was being said and wished it were "in plain English". Overall, however, it is quite accessible.

I read this on my Kindle and, similar to other reviews I have read, it was frustrating at times. There are many notes that appear at the end of each section, so I was constantly going back and forth. The book, moreover, begins with the 19th century and ends with the 14th century, but I chose to begin with the 14th century and end with the 19th century, further complicating the navigation. Finally, the biographical notes appear at the end of each section, but it is really beneficial to read them before each section, so I was forever trying to find the biographical notes for each poet and then going back to the poems.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Haroldo Lorenz Ribeiro on November 6, 2012
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I enjoy these books because they teach how to feel how strange and special life is.
Every word is a taste; every phrase is an experience, every page a treasure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By scotsirishtexan on November 3, 2012
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The author has written a helpful introduction to English poetry. Readers are urged to memorize each poem to fully understand. The notes about each poet and each poem are interesting and helpful to the student. The poems are arranged from most recent to oldest beginning with Tennyson and going back to Chaucer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hatmancando on March 2, 2014
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Formatting translation from the original leaves something to be desired; but, lack of indexing means finding a particular piece is impossible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OldSarge on December 2, 2012
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Very good reading and a great reference and worth the price.
A glass of wine and nice fireplace and your Kindle Fire with English poetry on it, couldn't get much better than that on a winter night.
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By Anita Millard on June 11, 2014
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I love having this on my kindle so that I can always read my favorites, and it was free. What can be better.
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