A selection of poems by authors of the past, beginning in the late-14th century and ending in the early-20th, as chosen by contemporary poets. Among more than 80 pairings included in the book are a poem by John Donne, as selected by C.H. Sisson, and John Keats, as chosen by Andrew Motion.
Michael Schmidt OBE FRSL is the founder and editorial and managing director of Carcanet Press Limited, the general editor of PN Review. He was until recently Professor of Poetry and convener of the Creative Writing programme in the Department of English, University of Glasgow. He is now Writer in Residence at St John's College, Cambridge.
He recently completed The Novel: A Biography, to be published in May 2014, a companion volume to Lives of the Poets (1999). His most recent anthologies include, The Great Modern Poets, published by Quercus on National Poetry Day 2006; Five American Poets (including Robert Hass, James McMichael, John Matthias, John Peck, and Robert Pinsky), published by Carcanet in 2010, and New Poetries V, including 22 hitherto uncollected anglophone poets from around the world, in 2011. His collection of poems The Resurrection of the Body was published in 2007. His Collected Poems appeared in 2009 and The Stories of My Life in 2013.