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The Mentor Book of Major American Poets Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 1962
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About the Author
Oscar Williams (1900-1964), editor of this book, was himself a distinguished poet. The author of five books of poetry, including "That's All That Matters" and "Selected Poems, " he has been called "clever, disconcerting, rash" (Lionel Abel) and "a very real and important poet...(whose) powerful imagery and unique personal idiom will add a permanent page to American poetry" (Dylan Thomas).
Mr. Williams achieved literary distinction not only as a highly original and vigorous American poet, but also as one of the great poetry anthologists of his time. His most outstanding anthologies are "The Little Treasury Series," "The War Poets, Immortal Poems of the English Language, The Pocket Book of Modern Verse" and "The New Pocket Anthology of American Verse, " the latter three published by Pocket Books. These are accepted as present-day classics in their fields and are in wide use in colleges and universities. Other anthologies include a revised edition of Palgrave's "The Golden Treasury, The Major British Poets, The Major American Poets, " and "The Silver Treasury of Light Verse."
Mr. Williams' last and most ambitious anthology was "Master Poems of the English Language, " now also published by Pocket Books. A huge work of over 1100 pages, illustrated with portraits of the poets and combining a comprehensive anthology with a broad sampling of critical writing, it is a superb contribution by the man Robert Lowell called "probably the best anthologist in America."
Top Customer Reviews
That having been said, I must note that the book has a copyright date of 1962, and it really shows its age. It's hard to imagine someone compiling an anthology of major american poets (to 1962) today and making the omissions that Williams and Honig did: Anne Bradstreet, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Carl Sandburg, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and many others.
Despite its deficiencies, this is a wonderful collection that contains a wealth of memorable pieces. A few of my favorites: Taylor's rapturous "Stupendous Love!"; Emerson's "The Snowstorm," which celebrates the "frolic architecture of the snow"; Poe's masterwork "The Raven"; Whitman's ecstatic, all-embracing "Song of Myself"; a marvelous selection of Dickinson's quirky genius; Robinson's tragic "Richard Cory"; S. Crane's haunting short poems; Lindsay's lush, musical (and very politically incorrect!) "The Congo"; Cummings' amazing sonnet beginning "when serpents bargain for the right to squirm"; and much more.
I recommend this book for anyone interested in American poetry, but caution that, because of its dated nature, it needs to be supplemented.
This anthology though contains the work of many very good poets , and thus any real reader of it will certainly have a true idea and feeling of what American poetry is about.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a good enough collection of works of major poets. Not exciting. Some helpful biographical notes. No clues to help with
interpretations or meanings.
It only had a few that I had heard of, or considered famous. It is a nice inexpensive paperback to have for your library.The Mentor Book of Major American PoetsPublished on November 5, 2009 by IRL
What a lovely compilation of great works by American poets. It satisfied the reading requirements for my kids high school language arts course.Published on November 25, 2008 by Sondra Schmid