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  • Paperback: 2256 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 5th Revised edition edition (25 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393979202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393979206
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 4.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Margaret Ferguson (Ph.D. Yale University) is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California-Davis. She is author of Dido's Daughters: Literacy, Gender, and Empire in Early Modern England and France (2003) and Trials of Desire: Renaissance Defenses of Poetry (1984). She is coeditor of Feminism in Time, Women, Property, and the Letters of the Law, Literacies in Early Modern England and a critical edition of Elizabeth Cary's Tragedy of Mariam. Mary Jo Salter (M.A. Cambridge University) is Emily Dickinson Senior Lecturer in the Humanities at Mount Holyoke College, where she teaches poetry and poetry-writing. She has published several books of poems, including Henry Purcell in Japan (1985), Unfinished Painting (1989), Sunday Skaters (1994), A Kiss in Space (1999), and, most recently, Open Shutters (2003). A vice president of the Poetry Society of America, she has also served as poetry editor of The New Republic. Jon Stallworthy (M.A. and B.Litt. Oxford) is Senior Research Fellow at Wolfson College of Oxford University, where he is an Emeritus Professor of English Literature. He is also former John Wendell Anderson Professor at Cornell, where he taught after a career at Oxford University Press. His biography of Wilfred Owen won the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, the W. H. Smith Literary Award, and the E. M. Forster Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His biography of Louis MacNeice won the Southern Arts Literary Prize. He is also the author of Rounding the Horn: Collected Poems and Singing School: The Making of a Poet, and editor of the definitive edition of Wilfred Owen's poetry, The Complete Poems and Fragments; The Penguin Book of Love Poetry; The Oxford Book of War Poetry; and coeditor of The Norton Anthology of Poetry. Stallworthy has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. Monaghan on 10 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
For students and poetry-lovers in general, this is an anthology you really should not be without. With it's vast array of poets and periods, it acts as a great doorway to the world of poetry for all to enjoy.

Organised by poet's date of birth (unusual some say), I think it makes it extremely easy to flick through the pages and read an old favourite, or something completely new to you. The index also makes this process remarkably easy to find particular poems or poets.

Value for money is also key as it would cost a fortune to buy the work produced within this anthology seperately.

If you have this book, my brief words will ring true. If you do not, you truly are missing out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER on 31 Jan. 2015
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Designed primarily for the student market (a lot of undergraduate introductory poetry modules are based on this) this is a broad anthology that will also appeal to general readers - but its drawbacks are that it's huge and heavy, and that it's printed on such thin and light paper that you can see the outline of the other side of the page showing through. Anyone the slightest bit heavy handed, or wanting to annotate with anything other than pencil will need to be very careful not to rip the flimsy pages. In that sense, this isn't really a volume which will stand up to much wear.

That said, the selection is broad and sometimes surprisingly deep, and gives a fairly comprehensive 'canon' of poetry. The initial content pages are supplemented with a full index by author and first line, essential to navigate through the 2000+ pages. This is a bit unwieldy in use, and not the optimum size or weight for casual browsing or reading - but it works to give you a sense of which poets and whose writing you might want to explore in more depth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TH on 30 Sept. 2014
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Amazing!
It covers such a huge period of time that there is something for everybody in here. And when you've exhausted the bits that you think are "you", then you start finding other things which are new and exciting and it can take you to all sorts of new places.
It's not a book for carrying round in your handbag, more of a huge doorstop, but I wouldn't have it any other way.
(and at almost 3,000 pages, it's also very useful for getting rid of spiders...)
Keep it by your bed, by your sofa, anywhere you might see it and think "I'll just have a quick look", and before you know it you'll be hooked.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R Kay on 30 Sept. 2014
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I had to purchase a copy for university, and let me tell you now, this is not a fun book to carry around, and that is despite the publisher's attempts to reduce the weight of the book by printing it in ridiculous thin (and cheap looking) paper. Putting that practical issue aside, though, this collection really is exceptional in its breadth and it is a very useful learning tool. I wasn't particularly fond of poetry until this anthology exposed me to some fantastic poems, which I continue to revisit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OneOfThoseBookLovers on 7 Aug. 2011
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Anthologies and books from the Norton series are all so fabulous. No more indecipherable references in footnotes, no more super lengthy explanations of the various possibilities of one single word that make you lose your train of thought, no more frustration over not understanding a poem because the anthology forgets to explain some basic vocabulary from the period...
With just the right amount of references, on the sidelines and in the footnote, in plain English, accessible and complete, if you are going to get any poetry anthology, GET THIS. It is far superior in my opinion, even to the Oxford English Book of Verse, purely because that one has no explanations, references or anything. Fair enough if you think you don't need any, but somehow I doubt that. Also, if you want to enjoy the poem 'just as it is', you can simply not read the explanatory notes in the Norton anthology, it all boils down to how you use the book!

Buy this book, laminate the covers, take good care of it, and keep it for life!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hakon Soreide TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 2 Aug. 2015
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Having used the Norton anthologies of both English and American literature extensively when I studied English in the early Nineties, I always liked the format, the annotations, the introductory articles and selection of works. Organisation chronologically rather than alphabetically I also find quite nice as poets of the same era are grouped together.

Since poetry was my main interest back then, and still is, I thought I’d add this book to my collection as a nice one-volume canonical reference work of poetry in the English language. Also, the sheer number of poems makes it excellent value for money.

The quality of print, binding and paper is still the same that I’d expect from Norton, made to survive a lot of academical leafing back and forth, and there is space enough for the odd note in the margin that one simply has to make on occasion if the book is used for intellectual pursuits rather than just reading for pure enjoyment.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Arthur E. on 9 Jan. 2014
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Undeniably helpful in some ways, but Norton's insistence on Americanising English spelling is, as my poetry tutor so rightly said, intellectually and academically unjustifiable and unforgivable. There are also some howlers in the glosses, such as when Shakespeare's 'Alack!' is glossed as meaning 'also'. That is not what 'alack' means: it means 'alas'! Very naughty. Also, all anthologies select for you, when you should do your own selection. But I shan't take on the anthology tradition, for I will never win.

And, additionally, this is printed and produced cheaply and horribly, and as such is a great displeasure to read.
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