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The Great Modern Poets: The Best Poetry of Our Times Hardcover – 5 Oct 2006

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus; Edition Unstated edition (5 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905204701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905204700
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 27.3 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,253 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Here is the perfect introduction to the best poems written since the start of the twentieth century, their authors and their themes. Over 150 essential poems are accompanied by a brief discussion by poetry authority Michael Schmidt that provides insight, observations and the historical context for each poet and their work. 50 English-language poets are explored, including Thomas Hardy, A E Housman, W B Yeats, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Frost, Edward Thomas, D H Lawrence, Ezra Pound, T S Eliot, Wilfred Owen, Robert Graves, John Betjeman, W H Auden, Dylan Thomas, Philip Larkin, Allen Ginsberg, Ted Hughes, Derek Walcott, Sylvia Plath, Seamus Heaney and James Fenton. With an introduction that suggests way to appreciate the poems, and a glossary that demystifies the concepts and movements of modern poetry, The Great Modern Poets is an ideal welcome to the pleasures and insights poetry has to offer.

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Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned W B Yeats

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Dylan Thomas

In the room the women come and go Talking of Michelangelo. T S Eliot

Oh love! For love I could not speak, It left me winded, wilting, weak, And held in brown arms strong and bare And wound with flaming ropes of hair. John Betjeman

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, Silence the pianos and with muffled drum Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come. W H Auden

Reproduced within this book are the essential poems of Thomas Hardy, A E Housman, W B Yeats, Rudyard Kipling, Robert Frost, D H Lawrence, Ezra Pound, T S Eliot, Wilfred Owen, John Betjeman, W H Auden, Dylan Thomas, Philip Larkin, Allen Ginsberg, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, Seamus Heaney and many other major poets of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. For each, Michael Schmidt has provided an insight into their themes and the background to their work, opening for the reader a greater understanding and enjoyment of these extraordinary poems.

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This book is a wonderful introduction to poetry. It has a short biography of each of the 50 20th C poets chosen and the a selection of their poems. There are a number of poets I have never heard of. It is beautifully produced and a real pleasure to own.A fabulous present.
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By Scampo TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Dec. 2007
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This is a rare book and one not to miss if you have any interest in language and poetry. It will delight, entertain and seriously educate you, while at the same time spur you on to want to learn more. Michael Schmidt is an extraordinarily good writer; he has the knack of writing in a very engaging way that leaves you feeling very satisfied indeed with what you have read. You feel that you are in the presence of a highly knowledgeable enthusiast. Don't hesitate to buy it.
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An excellent anthology including all the names one would expect, Larkin, Hughes,Plath, Dylan Thomas et al , and other interesting choices not so familiar ( not to me at any rate!). Poetry tends to be a very personal taste and this is one man's choice although Michael Schmidt is a professor of poetry and provides ( brief) insightful and accessible personal and professional observations and judgements along with each of his 50 choices. Features 150 richly varied poems.Recommended.
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This is the perfect gift for anyone who loves poetry.

It is the perfect book to buy for yourself if you like Poetry :)

In it you will find ~
50 of the most important (English language) Poets
150 of their poems, an average of 3 per poet
A brief bio, and a conversation about the value/role of their poetry
A fine black and White photograph of each poet, something of a work of art in itself

This is a reference I think I will find myself turning to regularly; for all the reasons listed above.
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