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P J Keegan
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30 Sep 2004 Penguin Classics
This ambitious and revelatory collection turns the traditional chronology of anthologies on its head, listing poems according to their first individual appearance in the language rather than by poet.

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  • Paperback: 1184 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (30 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140424547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140424546
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 13.1 x 5.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'an exceptionally rich collection. Even the best-read will find poets in it who are new to them...' - John Carey, Sunday Times

'... assiduously researched, deftly managed and exhilaratingly ramified, [this] is a landmark anthology, perhaps the last great one-volume work of its kind' - TLS

'Keegan arranges the poems, rather than the authors, in chronological order; a radical manoeuvre with a startlingly vivifying effect' - John Lanchester, Daily Telegraph

'this big book is welcome: serious, wide-ranging and sometimes surprising... a book you should buy, and read, and argue with' - Anthony Thwaite, Sunday Telegraph

'Keegan's book is rich with discoveries and reclaimings... [a] very exciting, bold new book.' - James Wood, Guardian

'This anthology is a huge joy. [Keegan] shows the scholarship his system requires, and great taste besides.' - Tom Payne, Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Paul Keegan is Poetry Editor at Faber and Faber.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A great reference book 2 Jan 2010
By Angel House VINE VOICE
This is a comprehensive collection. The only reason for it not being marked with five stars is because some poems (like TS Eliot's The Wasteland) are only extracts. I would prefer the full version but then I suppose the book would be even bigger.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Penguin Book of English Verse 14 Nov 2009
By Wallman
Many people probably buy just one poetry anthology, so chosing a good one is important. This one certainly contains a large proportion of the poems, that I expected to find in a general anthology, though inevitably any choice will be personal and affected by changing fashion. This anthology includes translations and verse in dialect, together with a wide range of types of verse, often missing from anthologies. However, it omits American and other non-British writers, apart from poets such as TS Eliot, who came to have a close relationship with the UK. An unusual feature of this anthology is that poems were grouped according to year of publication, rather than by author, which I think was a mistake, as it is surely more likely, that readers would want to look at a particular poets work, rather than verses from one particular year.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Loads of poems 20 April 2013
By Shaz
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This was a text that was required for one of my modules at University, so I don't really have stuff to say about it with bursting enthusiasm. However it does have a very good collection of poetry in chronological order of dates when written, and it covers a huge historical span from Chaucer to relatively modern stuff. It also has a good contents section, so everything is super easy to find.
This anthology also contains poems from anonymous writers, which I thought was great and quite interesting to read, especially with the war poetry. This is a really thick anthology, and there and LOADS of poems inside.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Paperback or e-book? 5 Oct 2012
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I have this anthology in both formats. I bought the e-book first and like some other reviewers, I found navigation very frustrating. So *** at most as a rating. Given I liked the content, I then bought the paperback and found that really useful and worthy of a ***** rating. An object lesson for Penguin. If you are going to charge so much for e-books, do a bit more work on them to make them more user friendly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must 17 April 2012
Besides chronological order this collection has two precious features it shares with the John Hayward original (probably still my favourite anthology), its often highly original selections (but never quirky for the sake of it) and its reliance on original spelling, for which there is no substitute; twitchy editorial fingers keep off!

NB the Hayward anthology was also issued in hardback as The Faber Book of English Verse (yup!) though the print still looked somewhat pinched on the page, as I recall (I saw a used copy once)
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