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The Giant Book of Poetry

The Giant Book of Poetry [Kindle Edition]

William Roetzheim
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The Giant Book of Poetry is an illustrated anthology of over 575 poems, more than 750 pages and over 60 illustrations representing ancient, classical, modern, and contemporary time periods along with a good selection of English translations of world poets

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2352 KB
  • Print Length: 756 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0976800128
  • Publisher: Level 4 Press, Inc.; 1 edition (1 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004CFA9PU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #203,370 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 15 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This review may contain so much praise that you may think I'm in the pay of Kindle, I am decidedly not! This book was a serendipitous find and a SUPERB buy for me, a beginner (though equally good for non beginners I'm also sure), for several major reasons. It contained a large number of beautiful poems by many well known poets over the ages, which were well laid out for electronic reading and easily navigable via an interactive index of poets (using the "Go to" button). Of huge help were the tutorial on appreciating poetry (to 4 levels), a great Appendix on meter and explanations of all the new terms involved (e.g. Iambs, Amphibrachs etc.). These combined to make made understanding so much easier, releasing the true beauty of some otherwise initially mystifying poems. It has led me to go completely overboard, as a new convert, and buy the full collections of many of the poets therein, and more. Note that many of these are under £1, even free. A tip, "highlight" the titles of your favourite poems, also adding numbered "Notes" on why you appreciated the poem (or it's meaning to you, whatever you want); just these highlights and notes then also most helpfully and interactively show in page order when you press "View Notes and Marks". Next I chose "Six Centuries of English Poetry, Tennyson to Chaucer" which sent me onto another planet of pure joy. I wish I'd discovered all this 50 years ago, I would never have become an accountant! Thank you Kindle.
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This is a great collection for the mature student. Just don't let it loose on a class of 11-year-olds as there are some four-letter words and rather adult poems! I nevertheless consider it my best poetry book.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Too Many Poets I'd Never Heard Of!!! 17 Nov 2012
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A real disappointment!

I'm not into reading poetry that turns into a chore, no enjoyment, just a sheer effort trying to get through a VERY American choice! Personally, I only liked about ten poems in this GIANT book!

Not for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A major collection for home and study 7 Mar 2006
By D. Y. - Published on
Five hundred and sixty poems give a very wide-ranging overview. Poems old and new include many standards and favorites, and are sure to introduce you to many new favorites as well. It certainly includes a lot of mine, such as Persimmons by Li-Young Lee.

The selection is sophisticated enough to be an introductory textbook, but also very accessible for the home, with plenty of aids such as notes on each poem, an explanation of meter, and something I wish a lot more anthologies had: a subject index.

If you're going to have one collection of poetry--or at least a first collection--this could be it.  And if you really want to relish it, the leather-bound edition does look tempting.


Additional note:  The publisher has also produced a set of CDs that include many of the poems from the book, read by a variety of voices. With matching cover designs, the book and CDs make a whole set for the budding poetry enthusiast.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Reviewed by Barb Radmore 25 Feb 2007
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The feature that must be mentioned first is that this book is aptly named. It is truly a "giant book of poetry". At 640 pages it is packed solid with pure poetry in all its beautiful manifestations. They cover the work of poets born in time spanning time from around 4,000 BC to 1984. They were chosen with no specific criteria except that the editor liked the poem. Luckily for the reader William Roetzheim has widely varied tastes so there is something for everyone in this anthology.

The introduction of the book and the appendix are both devoted to educating the reader as to the type and role of poetic meter . Roetzheim is able to clearly explain the styles that make up the many types of poems included in his book. It is a well described education for anyone who is unfamiliar with the components of poetry and how they are used..

What sets this book aside from other poetry anthologies, besides sheer volume, is the editor's personal comments and asides in the form of footnotes. Each poem's form is noted and there is often other remarks as to vocabulary, meaning or even history of the poem. For instance his footnote to Robert Frost's "Good-by and Keep Cold" is "there is an underlying message of needing to trust faith after you have done everything you can to protect of prepare something (someone) that you love." He adheres to the common interpretations of meanings so that new scholars will be informed as to usual thoughts. Vocabulary definitions will be appropriate for younger readers.

Although he spent much of his pervious life as an owner of software companies and author of an extensive number of technical books and articles, Roetzheim retired to be a poet. His work can be found included in this edition. Anyone looking for a very comprehensive volume of classic poetry will find this to be the book they want. It is especially suitable as a first poetry book for both new devotees or students of the art.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 750-page anthology of some of the most important poems and poets of all time 3 Mar 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Simple black-and-white illustrations add a rustic touch to The Giant Book Of Poetry, a 750-page anthology of some of the most important poems and poets of all time. Spanning an immense spread of authors, from an anonymous poet writing in 4000 BC to familiar names such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, and many more, The Giant Book Of Poetry is truly a moving compendium ideal for the library of any poetry lover. An extremely comprehensive index of the poems by title, subject, and first line allow for quick and easy lookup of a favorite verse. Jokun: Ah! I intended / never never to grow old... / Listen: New Year's Bell!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Anthology 6 May 2011
By Johnathan W. Hill - Published on
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I bought the Kindle version of this book and I was pleasantly surprised by what I found. The poetry does not lose any format in the e-book version and the various poems and authors are easily accessible. Also, the footnotes are easy to get to, which I had found in some e-books to be next to impossible to find.

As for the anthology itself, I can only give the highest acclaim. The range and variety of poetry and poetic schools in this book is astounding. Rarely outside of a university textbook, can one go through so many different time periods and schools of poetry. Even then, this anthology exceeds many textbooks in that it is not limited to one school, time period, or nationality of poetry.

If you are expecting academic influence in this book in the way of editors and long introductions to authors and schools of poetry, you will find little. What this anthology amounts to is one man putting together his favorite poems by his favorite poets. That being said Roetzheim still gives wonderful insight into each poem with footnotes including rhyme scheme, meter, themes of the poem, and definitions for the more obscure words.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in poetry. It is a great collection for everyone from those new to poetry to college professors and everyone in between.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly giant book 9 Mar 2006
By Gerald Locklin - Published on
For William Roetzheim, Life and Poetry are apparently inseparable. The guy simply loves to read (voraciously) and write (with craft and feeling) the stuff, and he wants the rest of us to also. He has educated himself in the history and techniques of verse and approaches the challenge of editing an anthology from every possible angle: inclusivity, contextualizing, cross-indexing, pedagogical footnoting, and the juxtaposition of the canonical with his personal favorites. Thus the truly Giant Book should satisfy the needs of teachers, students, acquisition librarians, and those who, like Roetzheim, are hopelessly addicted to the artful, measured human utterance.
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