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Contemporary World Poetry [Paperback]

J. McClatchy

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1 Oct 1996
This groundbreaking volume may well be the poetry anthology for the global village. As selected by J.D. McClatchy, this collection includes masterpieces from four continents and more than two dozen languages in translations by such distinguished poets as Elizabeth Bishop, W.S. Merwin, Ted Hughes, and Seamus Heaney. Among the countries and writers represented are:

Bangladesh--Taslima Nasrin
Chile--Pablo Neruda
China--Bei Dao, Shu Ting
El Salvador--Claribel Alegria
France--Yves Bonnefoy
Greece--Odysseus Elytis, Yannis Ritsos
India--A.K. Ramanujan
Israel--Yehuda Amichai
Japan--Shuntaro Tanikawa
Mexico--Octavio Paz
Nicaragua--Ernesto Cardenal
Nigeria--Wole Soyinka
Norway--Tomas Transtromer
Palestine--Mahmoud Darwish
Poland--Zbigniew Herbert, Czeslaw Milosz
Russia--Joseph Brodsky, Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Senegal--Leopold Sedar Senghor
South Africa--Breyten Breytenbach
St. Lucia, West Indies--Derek Walcott

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4.0 out of 5 stars Poetry Worth Reading from around the World 12 Dec 2000
By Kevin Christianson - Published on Amazon.com
A solid selection of poems written by major poets from around the globe. Diverse cultures represented. The quality of the translations is very good, making the poems accessible to English-speaking readers. One recurrent problem: no explanatory notes are provided to help English-speakers, particularly younger readers and college students, grasp the historical, political, social, or cultural allusions in some poems. For example, the Viet Nam poet Nguyen's "Model Citizens of the Regime" takes on fuller meaning if the reader knows that the "jail" referred to in the poem is not a penal institution for criminals but actually a communist re-education camp to which Vietnamese children were sent to be indoctrinated in Marxist ideology. Having a bit of this geopolitical, social, or cultural context, readers can gain a fuller understanding of the poems. One small complaint: the anthology was published prior to the Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska's receipt of the Nobel Prize, and therefore the head note for her selection does not make note of that honor.
Given the general lack of interest in poetry, especially poetry from other countries, we're nonetheless lucky to have this anthology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem 13 May 2003
By Jazzy Jake - Published on Amazon.com
Given the daunting task of selecting from, literally, a world of poets, McClatchy succeeds admirably. Once again his editing has me running out to buy individual books by the poets in the anthology.

Now if he would do a book of "Contemporary English Language [But Non-American] Poetry" to offer closure....

An aspect of McClatchy's editing that I like is that the selection per poet is large enough to get a good introduction - the opposite is a fault of most anthologies - though this does cause worthy poets to excluded.

I would love for some publisher to publish this and Contemporary American Poetry in good hardbound versions. They are prized members of my library, but, sadly, are not durable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best International Poetry Anthology 1 Mar 2013
By Linda Johnsen - Published on Amazon.com
Anthologies, especially those of translated poetry, often disappoint. Not so here. McClatchy has collected an amazing assortment of first rate work, top poems by top international poets, reshaped into English by the capable hands of top translators. Superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Find 20 Feb 2006
By L. Lochner - Published on Amazon.com
This poetry anthology is a great find. I discovered many talented world poets with this book. Good information about each poet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry at its Best 15 Oct 2013
By Maaike Bennett - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this for a class I was taking in college, and while it was required reading I most definitely enjoyed it. I'm glad to have had the chance to read works by a variety of different authors, while also having the writer biographies in the front of each section to explain their backgrounds. I'm definitely keeping this one on my bookshelf.
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