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Poem Collection - 1000+ Greatest Poems of All Time (Illustrated) [Kindle Edition]

George Chityil
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Book Description

* 1306 Poems spanning 700 years
* 390 authors such as Shakespeare, Chaucer, Tennyson, Auden, Frost..
* Excellent formatting of the poems
* Easily locate the poems you want to read with a chronological active table of contents
* Images of how the poetry books were first printed, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts

You've just found one of the most comprehensive and thoughtful collection of poems available today. Don't lose more time searching for the perfect poems or readings - I've already done all the hard work to save you the trouble. This book combines several well known anthologies and brings you well over 1000 poems since 1250. The original anthologies used as a source are: 1919 Arthur Quiller-Couch, The Oxford Book of English Verse, and 1917 The New Poetry - An Anthology - Edited by Harriet Monroe and Alice Corbin Henderson.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By Peter S
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I have a seven foot high bookshelf full of poetry at home but wanted something that I could dip into on my i-Pod when I had a few minutes to kill during the day. At 77p this seemed the obvious choice - especially as many of the better anthologies aren't available on Kindle. And at that price it's stunningly value.

Up to about 1900 it's pretty solid and there's not much missing that you'd expect to find. There are no excerpts from long poems from what I can see - other, for some reason, than Milton's Comus and Samson Agonistes. So Byron, for instance, is represented by a handful of lyrics without any of the brilliant comic verse of Don Juan. Longfellow gets just one entry and there's nothing from Shakespeare's plays, other than some of the songs. Despite the omission of Emily Dickenson, the Americans aren't ignored (as they are in many anthologies of English verse) and there are generous helpings of anonymous verse. This often means folk poetry, so you get gems like the Lyke Wake Dirge and Sir Patrick Spens alongside the more high-brow stuff. Inevitably, some of the emphases betray some very personal tastes. There is more Herrick than Donne, Herbert and Vaughan combined and only a single inclusion each from Thomas Traherne and John Clare.

It's as you get to more recent times that the anthology really begins to belie its title. There are sizeable helpings from some very obscure poets, while Yeats is represented by just three poems, Eliot by one and there's no Edward Thomas or Dylan Thomas at all. Being out of copyright doesn't seem to be a criterion (there's lots of Pound, for instance) though being dead does - so no Hill, Hughes or Heaney, all alive at time of publication.

In summary I'd say this is a great portable anthology of ninetheenth century and earlier poetry, and amazing value at the Kindle price, but not the best of anthologies to give someone to help them discover English poetry.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots for your money 10 Jan. 2014
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A well-chosen, generous selection of great poems, competently formatted for a small cost. Maybe too few modern British poets though!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Reasonable collection. 8 April 2014
By Denben
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The collection is ok but rather lacking in 20th century British poets. There are quite a few American poets which I did not know.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Livfoss
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As others have said, not bad up to around 1870, then goes very wobbly indeed. No Emily Dickinson, no Gerard Manley Hopkins, no late Yeats, just one poem by T S Eliot, many totally unmemorable poems by forgotten poets... and many of the choices of individual poems from great poets seem eccentric and unbalanced. I know this is extracted from often well-thought-of anthologies, but there doesn't seem to be a directing intelligence behind the project.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the old ode more travelled 4 Sept. 2013
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OK but the balance between ancient and modern is not quite right. Maybe copyright problems have determined the balance. Still not bad value.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The text is clear, and the system is very good. It is useful to use the Dictionary and get the must obtuse words defined.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A plethora of poems. 14 Nov. 2014
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A truly generous number of poems to dip into from many periods and of many styles. I certainly would not recommend reading all of the examples of some poets in one go! However, most poems seemed well selected, and for the novice poetry reader this is an ideal collection to dip into. I happily return to many of the examples.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful 16 Feb. 2014
By amber
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a great read with the selection of poets to suit all moods and ages , would make a great gift
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