This extensive collection of poems, drawn from the archives of Poetry magazine, feature works from many of the most famous poets of the twentieth century. This collection could well be entitled "A History of Twentieth-Century Poetry,' so readers should expect to be exposed to a wide variety of poems, both traditional and unorthodox. Famous poets such as Yeats, Frost, and Eliot are included, as well as many less prominent writers. Many of the selections present themes or perspectives that are somewhat dark or brooding, and few are what might be termed uplifting or inspiring. It should be mentioned, however, that the poems in this anthology contain very little profanity or blasphemy. This resource is included within some of the Well Planned Gal curriculum's Modern World and Geography sets. 488 pgs, pb. ~ Mike
"The history of poetry and ofPoetryin America are almost interchangeable, certainly inseparable," wrote A. R. Ammons. Founded by Harriet Monroe in 1912,Poetrymagazine established its reputation immediately by printing T. S. Eliot's "Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," Carl Sandburg's "Chicago Poems," Wallace Stevens's "Sunday Morning," and the first important poems of Ezra Pound, Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, Robert Frost, and many other then unknown, now classic authors. Publishing monthly without interruption,Poetryhas become America's most distinguished magazine of verse, presenting, often for the very first time, virtually every notable poet of the last nine decadesan unprecedented record. Decade by decade, this bountiful ninetieth-anniversary anthology fromPoetryincludes the poems of the major talentsalong with several lesser knownin all their variety: William Butler Yeats, Edgar Lee Masters, Sara Teasdale, D. H. Lawrence, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Vachel Lindsay, Robert Graves, May Sarton, Langston Hughes, W. H. Auden, Stephen Spender, Hart Crane, Robert Penn Warren, Dylan Thomas, e. e. cummings, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Merrill, John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, Randall Jarrell, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Lowell, Robinson Jeffers, Theodore Roethke, Karl Shapiro, Anne Sexton, Thom Gunn, John Berryman, Sylvia Plath, Maxine Kumin, Ted Hughes, Adrienne Rich, and Galway Kinnell. In recent decades,Poetryhas presented Seamus Heaney, Rita Dove, Billy Collins, Kay Ryan, Eavan Boland, Stephen Dunn, Mary Oliver, Yusef Komunyakaa, Jane Kenyon, James Tate, Sharon Olds, Louise Glck, Marilyn Hacker, and many, many others. T. S. Eliot calledPoetry"an American institution."ThePoetryAnthologyis sure to be an American keepsake.