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Poetry at its very best
on 22 December 2010
I ordered both volumes of this anthology, keen to boost the prestige of my bookshelves as an English teacher. This is truly an excellent book - it contains all of the key poems of the past three hundred years and the quality is extremely high. There are well-known poems such as Blake's 'A Poison Tree'; Coleridge's 'Kubla Khan'; and Shelley's 'Ozymandias', as well as slightly lesser known (to newcomers to poetry, at least) works like Hood's 'The Bridge of Sighs' and Betjeman's 'Death in Leamington'. You can see the spread of poets and eras spanned by this anthology, and there really is everything in between.
A very overused term when purchasing books is 'a worthy addition to any bookshelf'. This however would not do justice to this fine book: it is simply a must have item for newcomers to poetry and afficionados alike. I purchase lot of books and I teach poetry so I know of what I speak. Buy at any cost.