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101 Great American Poems (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – January 21, 1998
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Chosen by the non-profit organization American Poetry & Literacy Project, these much-loved verses include 13 selections from the Common Core State Standards Initiative: "Casey at the Bat," "Fog," "The New Colossus," "Chicago," "I, Too, Sing America," "O Captain! My Captain!," "Paul Revere's Ride," "The Road Not Taken," "The Raven," "Because I Could Not Stop for Death," "Mending Wall," "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," and "The River Merchant's Wife: A Letter."
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To My Dear and Loving Husband
"From To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth"
William Cullen Bryant
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Arrow and the Song
The Children's Hour
The Day is Done
Paul Revere's Ride
Edgar Allan Poe
The Conqueror Worm
My Childhood's Home I see Again
"Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr."
I Hear America Singing
I Sit and Look Out
A Noiseless Patient Spider
O Captain! My Captain!
From Song of Myself
When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer
Frances E. W. Harper
Bury Me in a Free Land
Songs for the People
Because I could not stop for Death'
Death sets a thing significant'
Hope is the thing with feathers'
I died for beauty'
If I can stop one heart from breaking'
I'm nobody! Who are you?'
My life closed twice before its close'
Success is counted sweetest'
There is no frigate like a book'
This is my letter to the world'
The New Colossus
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Ernest Lawrence Thayer
Casey at the Bat
Edgar Lee Masters
Edwin Arlington Robinson
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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.
If you flip to Emily Dickinson on pg 29 in the paperback you'll find her poem incomplete.
It's missing the entire quatrain:
Or rather—He passed Us—
The Dews drew quivering and chill—
For only Gossamer, my Gown—
My Tippet—only Tulle—
For some strange reason it also changes the line:
We passed the School, where Children strove
At Recess—in the Ring
We passed the school where children played,
Their lessons scarcely done;
I don't know the other poems well enough by heart to know what other changes or alterations are made.
I do not recommend.
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So much genius in such a convenient and inexpensive format. My old paperback poetry anthologies, like me, are falling apart. But these words cum electrons will outlive me.Published 2 months ago by dewell
purchased it for the college required. its okay for the price.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A great read. Nice to pick up to to peruse sporadically. I also like that each section gives a small blurb on the author of the following pieces.Published 4 months ago by AwesomeBEA
I love poetry and this collection is especially good in the classroomPublished 4 months ago by Lorene