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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!
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.
This is an excellent anthology of great poems. The range of selections is especially good; not all are very well known classics, and it is a pleasure to discover some new works that are well worthy of inclusion. Burns's biographical notes and other comments are most interesting, and his judgments on poetry are uniformly astute and knowledgable. Naturally, in such a very large collection, not every poem is something that I would consider worthwhile, but I definitely would not expect, or even desire, that. I own quite a number of poetry anthologies, but I think that this is probably the best of them.
It's impossible to assemble an anthology of poetry that will please everyone. However, this anthology goes a long way in that direction. I majored in English in college and developed a love for poetry, and as I read many of the same poems again at 80 years of age I recall how little I knew of life then. I'm so happy I bought this book and was able to reread "Lines composed a few miles above Tintern Abbey", "I wandered lonely as a cloud", and "The world is too much with us", by William Wordsworth. It's as if several centuries of the production of the greatest minds to employ the English are found in this book. Thank you Mr. Burns.
The best poetry collection in my modest collection (100 or so books). A little bit about the period and then a sampling of poets and a sampling of their poems. I read to my new lady friend by way of showing my sensitive side.
I'm in heaven.read Leigh hunt,Jenny kissed me,for the first time.the next night,to my surprise, some of it was repeated on an episode of Call the Midwife.After all the main character's name is Jenny.Hats of to you Mr. Burns for putting it together.
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.