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100 Best-Loved Poems (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – October 4, 1995
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The collection is as advertised: these are the best-loved poems in the English language. These are familiar poems, poems that are accessible to casual readers of poetry, poems that continue to resonate today. Smith's compilation is fun to read and to reread. Any teacher would find it ideal for introductory English literature classes, honors high school or college.
What is missing? This collection excludes translations of classical poetry, poetry of the non-English speaking world, and contemporary English-speaking poets. But this little book contains enough gems to satisfy any treasure hunter.
Looking for a more eclectic anthology? See 100 Poems by 100 Poets compiled by Harold Pinter, Geoffrey Godbert, and Anthony Astbury. They present what they consider (by unanimous decision, often after heated argument) to be the best poem by each of the 100 best poets in the English language. Their choices only occasionally overlap with the better known selections in Philip Smith's Dover edition.
Another good choice is One Hundred and One Famous Poems, compiled by Roy J. Cook in 1927, that has long been a favorite anthology of British and American poets. It is an interesting collection, as it includes many poets that are now less familiar or even forgotten, but who were popular in the early part of the twentieth century. Take a look at this anthology. You will be pleasantly surprised. It has been reprinted many times and it is not difficult to find.
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over the harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then move on."
~Fog, Carl Sandburg
100 Best-Loved Poems presents poems from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century. The poets are all familiar, but the poems are more varied and quite a few are poems I'd never read before. In a compilation like this, you'd imagine to find quite a few familiar favorites from high school or college and those did appear throughout.
There is comfort in reading poems we tried to understand in school, but didn't have the emotional maturity to fully digest. Now upon reflection, how could we have truly understood "To His Coy Mistress" at 16, a poem born of mature desire. Now nearing forty, I feel I can linger in these poems enjoying every nuance.
This classic collection includes brief introductions to each poet and includes some information on poetic forms. In the section of Ballads, you can hear the singsong rhymes as you read so the first poem was a good choice.Read more ›
Every now and then it is refreshing to put down the heavy stuff and read a good poem or two.
It will soothe your mind and rest your soul.
Then you can go back to the heavy stuff of murder, mayhem, sex, violence and political corruption, knowing that at some time, someplace, somebody had better thoughts and shared them with us.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent selection . Really enjoyed this selection. Navigation to particular poems is not available through table of contents
Would like a list of authors as well. Read more
I teach senior English and give this as a gift to my students for graduation. It's inexpensive and unintimidating (I think they may read a poem or two.). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Teresa Deuter
This is a nice collection of poems. I especially enjoy the brief history given about each poet at the beginning of each poem.Published 1 month ago by Mr. F
The book was a read! It was a pleasure to read some the old great poems from such talented poets.Published 2 months ago by Christopher J. Altidor