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  • Paperback: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1st Harper Perennial Ed edition (30 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060540427
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060540425
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 4.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Harold Bloom is a Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University and a former Charles Eliot Norton Professor at Harvard. His more than thirty books include The Best Poems of the English Language, The Art of Reading Poetry, and The Book of J. He is a MacArthur Prize Fellow, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the recipient of many awards and honorary degrees, including the Academy’s Gold Medal for Belles Lettres and Criticism, the International Prize of Catalonia, and the Alfonso Reyes Prize of Mexico.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ashvajit on 14 Mar 2011
The Best Poems of the English Language: From Chaucer Through Robert Frost

I have so far only dipped into this book by Harold Bloom, but have already seen sufficient to make up my mind about it and to continue reading. Bloom gives inspired and extremely well-informed introductions to the major poets, placing them in historical context, relating them to other major poets and to current evaluations of them. He contributes his own original thinking concerning the poets, and that thinking is really worth attending to, weighing up and reflecting upon.

Following Blooms introductions to the Poets are the poems themselves, which might well be considered a sort of Canon of English poetry. The book is in some ways a modern version of Johnson's Life of the Poets edited by Matthew Arnold.

Not a light read, indeed a weighty one, but all the more valuable for that. Can heartily recommend this book for the serious student of poetry and the serious student of literature.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By anton kleinschmidt on 4 July 2013
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At age 65 I have discovered poetry and I have been blown away by the experience.

This book sits at the heart of my new found love of poetry
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lykke Mønsted Simonsen on 11 Mar 2010
Not light bed-side reading. Harold Bloom is a bit dry, but the poetry he has picked out is beautifull from start to finish.
Long comments on every poet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cris_telefe on 18 July 2013
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It is always a pleasure to be infused by Bloom's passion of reading. In this case he masters his enciclopedism on English Poetry with close reading insight and a very refined and complete selection of works. They go along time tracing the evolution of the language as well as the particular influence and importance of every author on his own time.
There is something remarcable about Bloom -from whom I've read at least five books- and it is that he manages not to repeat himself and takes the readers to different optics and perspectives.
In the caso of this anthology he develops an unique picture that functions as a panoptic of English Poetry. Any one can stand there as a basis for more and then feel sure to follow some other line of achievement and discovery.
I have this book on my bed table.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spange (Yorkley) on 21 Jan 2013
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my daughter doing an English degree and had searched for the best books that she needed and these came up
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