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This wide-ranging 2 disc anthology reflects the changing pre-occupations and visions of Americans from the 16th century to the present day. Here are 65 poems by the leading classic figures in American poetry, including Longfellow, Poe, Dickinson, Whitman, Frost and E. E. Cummings as well as popular anonymous works such as Frankie and Johnny which are an integral part of Am This wide-ranging 2 disc anthology reflects the changing pre-occupations and visions of Americans from the 16th century to the present day. Here are 65 poems by the leading classic figures in American poetry, including Longfellow, Poe, Dickinson, Whitman, Frost and E. E. Cummings as well as popular anonymous works such as Frankie and Johnny which are an integral part of American consciousness. Track Listing The Author to Her Book Upon a Spider Catching a Fly Navajo Mountain Song The Indian Student The Wild Honeysuckle The Star-Spangled Banner The Prairies The Snow-Storm Whittier, John Greenleaf The Song of Hiawatha from the Wooing: At the Doorway of His Wigwam My Lost Youth A Dream Within a Dream Annabel Lee To Helen The Raven Old Ironsides The Indian's Retort Sic Vita Pray to What Earth Does This Sweet Cold Belong The Battle Hymn of the Republic The Martyr Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking Science and Poetry Frankie and Johnny An Upper Chamber in a Darkened House A Narrow Fellow in the Grass My Life Closed Twice Before Its Close I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed Because I Could Not Stop for Death I Like to See It Lap the Miles The Wind Begun to Rock the Grass Bury Me in a Free Land The Stirrup-Cup The New Colossus I Sometimes Think I'd Rather Grow A Newspaper Is a Collection of Half-Injustices Do Not Weep, Maiden, For War Is Kind Sympathy A Lesson in a Picture Miniver Cheevy The Road Not Taken Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening The Death of the Hired Man Meeting-House Hill Chicago They All Want to Play Hamlet The Flower-Fed Buffaloes The Emperor of Ice-Cream Peter Quince at the Clavier Wild Peaches Pretty Words Hurt Hawks Rendezvous What My Lips Have Kissed, And Where, And Why De Profundis Resumee General Review of the Sex Situation Anyone Lived in a Pretty How Town Somewhere I Have Never Travelled, Gladly Beyond American Names


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This wide-ranging 2 disc anthology reflects the changing pre-occupations and visions of Americans from the 16th century to the present day. Here are 65 poems by the leading classic figures in American poetry, including Longfellow, Poe, Dickinson, Whitman, Frost and E. E. Cummings as well as popular anonymous works such as Frankie and Johnny which are an integral part of Am This wide-ranging 2 disc anthology reflects the changing pre-occupations and visions of Americans from the 16th century to the present day. Here are 65 poems by the leading classic figures in American poetry, including Longfellow, Poe, Dickinson, Whitman, Frost and E. E. Cummings as well as popular anonymous works such as Frankie and Johnny which are an integral part of American consciousness. Track Listing The Author to Her Book Upon a Spider Catching a Fly Navajo Mountain Song The Indian Student The Wild Honeysuckle The Star-Spangled Banner The Prairies The Snow-Storm Whittier, John Greenleaf The Song of Hiawatha from the Wooing: At the Doorway of His Wigwam My Lost Youth A Dream Within a Dream Annabel Lee To Helen The Raven Old Ironsides The Indian's Retort Sic Vita Pray to What Earth Does This Sweet Cold Belong The Battle Hymn of the Republic The Martyr Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking Science and Poetry Frankie and Johnny An Upper Chamber in a Darkened House A Narrow Fellow in the Grass My Life Closed Twice Before Its Close I Taste a Liquor Never Brewed Because I Could Not Stop for Death I Like to See It Lap the Miles The Wind Begun to Rock the Grass Bury Me in a Free Land The Stirrup-Cup The New Colossus I Sometimes Think I'd Rather Grow A Newspaper Is a Collection of Half-Injustices Do Not Weep, Maiden, For War Is Kind Sympathy A Lesson in a Picture Miniver Cheevy The Road Not Taken Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening The Death of the Hired Man Meeting-House Hill Chicago They All Want to Play Hamlet The Flower-Fed Buffaloes The Emperor of Ice-Cream Peter Quince at the Clavier Wild Peaches Pretty Words Hurt Hawks Rendezvous What My Lips Have Kissed, And Where, And Why De Profundis Resumee General Review of the Sex Situation Anyone Lived in a Pretty How Town Somewhere I Have Never Travelled, Gladly Beyond American Names

48 review for Classic American Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    I agree with another reviewer. These 65 poems aren't the greatest and seems like they were the result of pulling numbers out of a hat rather than painstaking hours of analysis by the world's leading poetry scholars. On the other hand, these poems are a bit old. I mean if a 1970s Shaft movie can feel dated I guess these melodramatic poems about trees and crap can feel dated too. The first half of the book was lots of men feeling macho about supposedly macho things (at least that's how it felf). A I agree with another reviewer. These 65 poems aren't the greatest and seems like they were the result of pulling numbers out of a hat rather than painstaking hours of analysis by the world's leading poetry scholars. On the other hand, these poems are a bit old. I mean if a 1970s Shaft movie can feel dated I guess these melodramatic poems about trees and crap can feel dated too. The first half of the book was lots of men feeling macho about supposedly macho things (at least that's how it felf). As the book incorporates more women and people of color in the second half it does give it more variety, allowing each piece to stand out. Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Wallace Stevens, and Alice Walker were a few standouts. How Poems Are Made, Sympathy, and Bury Me in a free land were stand out poems also. So, yes, while these aren't the best poems, there are enough there for everyone to get something out of this book. Since this started horrible and ended up ok, I give it a three.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Janell

    This worked pretty well for solo road trip entertainment. A couple of the readers were too over-dramatic for my taste. This is a well-curated collection of famous American poems, read (I believe) in chronological order, which give an interesting look at the shifting American landscape.

  3. 5 out of 5

    John

    Excellent collection, though a bit dated as it only goes from Anne Bradstreet to Maya Angelou and includes but a couple of anonymous/vernacular rhymes. Everyone reads in a clear, loud voice.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Laurie

    It’s always interesting to see what editors deem “classic” and also how readers will phrase it. I think these editors decided that such poems should rhyme and contain quotable lines.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Casey Bell

    Some good poems, and a refresher for why many were taught in school, but definitely a random assortment of styles and themes.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Patty Marvel

    I'm only giving this two out of five stars largely because I've no idea what the criteria was for choosing these particular sixty-five poems. Were they all cheap or even free to republish? Were these chosen by unnamed American poetry scholars? Were they chosen for their historical value? I could understand this last argument in light of such poems as "The Indian Student or Force of Nature" by Phillip Preno and "The Prairies" by William Cullin Bryant, the former having a very condescending attitu I'm only giving this two out of five stars largely because I've no idea what the criteria was for choosing these particular sixty-five poems. Were they all cheap or even free to republish? Were these chosen by unnamed American poetry scholars? Were they chosen for their historical value? I could understand this last argument in light of such poems as "The Indian Student or Force of Nature" by Phillip Preno and "The Prairies" by William Cullin Bryant, the former having a very condescending attitude towards Native Americans who try attending college. Since the book never explained the selection process, I Googled the name Garrick Hagon, who edited this AND reads some of the poems. What I found out didn't help me personally, but it sure amused the heck out of my geekier friends: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garrick_... . I'm assuming this is the same guy behind this audiobook simply because the Wikipedia page mentions "The Story Circle, Hagon's production and creative audio recording company." So...probably not a whole lot of scholarly though put into this work. For that, you'd want to get your hands on "The Classic Hundred Poems," http://www.amazon.com/Classic-Hundred... . Both the hard copy and the sound versions have background on the poems AND the authors AND the reason for picking them is given on the back of the book/container.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Siem Lowis

    I gave this a try and it was much better than I expected!

  8. 4 out of 5

    David

    For those of us who admire good poetry, but just can't take the time to savor it, this two-disc audio presentation of 65 famous American poems from Naxos Audiobooks is delightful. The poems are read by multiple narrators and are interspersed with excerpts of American music by Ferde Grofe, George Gershwin and others. Some highlights here include three great Robert Frost poems, Wallace Stevens'"The Emperor of Ice-Cream", the original poems of The Star Spangled Banner (all verses) and The Battle Hy For those of us who admire good poetry, but just can't take the time to savor it, this two-disc audio presentation of 65 famous American poems from Naxos Audiobooks is delightful. The poems are read by multiple narrators and are interspersed with excerpts of American music by Ferde Grofe, George Gershwin and others. Some highlights here include three great Robert Frost poems, Wallace Stevens'"The Emperor of Ice-Cream", the original poems of The Star Spangled Banner (all verses) and The Battle Hymn of the Republic, 4 poems by Poe (including the Raven), works by Oliver Wendall Holmes, Dickinson, Thoreau, Whitman, Hughes, Emerson and more. A great introduction to the art form for beginners and doubtless a treat for those who are familiar with the works.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Bruce

    This is an interesting compilation of sixty-five poems by American authors, “[a]rranged in chronological order by poet from Anne Bradstreet to Alice Walker,” and framed by instrumental interludes. The readings of Poe and Dickinson and the anonymous folk ballads are particularly effective. The readings of “The star-spangled banner” and “Chicago,” were a bit too strident for my taste, and I would have picked different poems for Longfellow rather than the excerpt from “The song of Hiawatha.” Nevert This is an interesting compilation of sixty-five poems by American authors, “[a]rranged in chronological order by poet from Anne Bradstreet to Alice Walker,” and framed by instrumental interludes. The readings of Poe and Dickinson and the anonymous folk ballads are particularly effective. The readings of “The star-spangled banner” and “Chicago,” were a bit too strident for my taste, and I would have picked different poems for Longfellow rather than the excerpt from “The song of Hiawatha.” Nevertheless overall it’s a pleasant two-and–a-half hours of oral poetry.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Playaway audiobook. Poetry from well-known authors such as Longfellow, Poe, Whitman and Cummings, and anonymous pieces from Native and African American cultures. I particularly liked the reading of 'The Death of the Hired Man' by Robert Frost. The poem is in two voices, the farmer and his wife. A man and woman read this poem alternately and it is very well done. Playaway audiobook. Poetry from well-known authors such as Longfellow, Poe, Whitman and Cummings, and anonymous pieces from Native and African American cultures. I particularly liked the reading of 'The Death of the Hired Man' by Robert Frost. The poem is in two voices, the farmer and his wife. A man and woman read this poem alternately and it is very well done.

  11. 5 out of 5

    sch

    Don't care for American lit. very much, so this is a risk. Don't care for American lit. very much, so this is a risk.

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