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The Classic Hundred Poems: Windows/Macintosh: A Columbia Granger's Multimedia Anthology CD-ROM Audio CD – Audiobook, 15 Jun 1998

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The Classic Hundred is fascinating, and I have much enjoyed just turning pages... [The poems are] charmingly presented by a very perspicacious host and poet, William Harmon. -- Robert Creeley "It's fascinating to open this book and discover which... poems have been favored over the years... William Harmon's comments on the poems are just right: bright, brief, and appreciative." -- Richard Wilbur --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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WILLIAM HARMON is the James Gordon Hanes Professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the editor of The Top 500 Poems (Columbia), The Oxford Book of American Light Verse, and recent editions of A Handbook to Literature, and the author of several volumes of poetry, including winners of the Lamont Award and the William Carlos Williams Award. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Bad readings 20 Jan. 2006
By Aging Boomer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This review is addressed solely to the oral readings in this "multimedia anthology," not to the choice of poems, their presentation on the electronic "page," or the supplementary material. In this age of sight and sound, one might hope for a renewed interest in poetry read aloud. After all, your average Ipod can store all the world's great poetry. Any such prospect will quickly be extinguished if there are many productions as bad as this one. At first I thought the readers had been chosen in accordance with some manic diversity template, without the slightest concern for whether they could actually read poetry with even minimal competence. In fact, this project was not ruined by political correctness (though that would be typical these days). Instead, the readers are poets themselves. This is a perennially tempting, and invariably bad, idea. The gift of writing poetry is utterly distinct from the gift of reading it. (Perhaps this is the one arena where the deconstructionists are right: here, the "reader" is as important as the writer.) The truths, and the feelings embodied in these poems would be far better conveyed by professional actors or readers; o for a Derek Jacoby, or a Kenneth Branagh, or a Michael York, to substitute for these awful readers. Introducing poetry to your child in high school through these readings will ensure that he or she will never, ever want to read, or hear, another poem.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
To Strive, to Seek, to Find, and not to Yield 30 Aug. 2001
By "ocherdraco" - Published on
Format: Paperback
Hallelujah! I found an anthology of poetry that is actually helpful to the high school student! Nearly every poem an English teacher has ever mentioned is in this book, making it easy to get to know these poems. I have an older copy (1990 I think) and it is indispensable. Yes, I don't necessarily like all the poems, but it's a fantastic resource. Frost, Shakespeare, Tennyson, Byron, Dickinson, Eliot-- all the biggies are here. The brief explanations of the poems are helpful as well; much less verbose than my Ph.D. British Lit teacher. I recommend "Jabberwocky" as the first poem to read. It'll loosen you up a bit.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Great collection of favorites 23 Sept. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This was an enlightening look at some classic poems that I was already familiar with, and a number of new ones. The editor's notes about the poet and poem were very helpful. I also like another poetry anthology, "Poetry for a Lifetime", which has a much larger selection of old favorites to which the editor has added comments and illustrations. And it also has a beautiful Maxfield Parrish painting on the cover.
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Useful Anthology 15 Nov. 2004
By W. Allison - Published on
Format: Paperback
Most small anthologies only contain a couple of poems you would want to look up. This one is full of poems that are frequently refered to, which makes this a good reference work. The short commentary with each poem provides some historical context or helpful information that is educational. His book of the Top 500 Poems is my favorite collection, but lacks the commentaries found in the Classic 100 book.
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The book that got me reading and enjoying poetry 27 Dec. 2004
By Odysseus - Published on
Format: Paperback
A book that will not gather dust on the bookshelf, but one that you will want keep close for impromptu readings. Particularly useful for me are the biographical/historical background as well as the usefull notes that frame the poet and poems and make many decipherable and most enjoyable, as for example Browning's "My Last Duchess" as well as Keats "La Belle Dame Sans Merci". John Donne stands out but I have only started reading and no doubt will have many more favorites, renewed appreciation for Dickinson, particularly, "Because I could not stop for death"
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