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This brief, inexpensive, and portable anthology features more than 250 poems, presenting a diverse body of work ranging from William Shakespeare and John Donne to Cathy Song and ShermanAlexie.


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This brief, inexpensive, and portable anthology features more than 250 poems, presenting a diverse body of work ranging from William Shakespeare and John Donne to Cathy Song and ShermanAlexie.

30 review for Poetry: A Pocket Anthology

  1. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    This was actually my first introduction to poetry -- I pulled it off my dad's shelf in middle school and read it cover to cover. It allowed me to pinpoint exactly which poets and eras of poetry I connected with and investigate them in more detail. This was actually my first introduction to poetry -- I pulled it off my dad's shelf in middle school and read it cover to cover. It allowed me to pinpoint exactly which poets and eras of poetry I connected with and investigate them in more detail.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I think it's a pretty good survey of English poetry. All the big names are in here, including Shelley, Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Whitman, Poe, Keats, Dickinson, Frost, Bishop, Plath, etc. This collection spans several centuries, from around 1450 (first poem listed) to 2000 (the last poem listed; I have the third edition). I highlighted lines that stuck out to me as I read, and then titles of poems that I particularly enjoyed. It doesn't surprise me that I liked the free-verse, confessional and som I think it's a pretty good survey of English poetry. All the big names are in here, including Shelley, Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Whitman, Poe, Keats, Dickinson, Frost, Bishop, Plath, etc. This collection spans several centuries, from around 1450 (first poem listed) to 2000 (the last poem listed; I have the third edition). I highlighted lines that stuck out to me as I read, and then titles of poems that I particularly enjoyed. It doesn't surprise me that I liked the free-verse, confessional and sometimes rambling poems of the latter centuries as opposed to the strict and formalized ones of the former. I've discovered some poets that I'd like to get into. Poems I liked: Edmund Waller - "Song" Alexander Pope - "Ode on Solitude" Christopher Smart - from "Jubilate Agno" William Wordsworth - "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud"; "Lines (Tintern Abbey)" Samuel Taylor Coleridge - "Work Without Hope" Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - "The Cross of Snow" Matthew Arnold - "Dover Beach" Thomas Hardy - "Neutral Tones" A. E. Hausman - "Stars, I Have Seen Them Fall" & " 'Terence, This is Stupid Stuff . . .' " Edwin Arlington Robinson - "The Mill" Stephen Crane - "The Black Riders" Robert Frost - "In Need of Being Versed in Country Things" & "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" Wallace Stevens - "Snow Man" William Carlos Williams - "The Last Words of My English Grandmother" Robinson Jeffers - "The Purse-Seine" Stanley Kunitz - "Halley's Comet" W. H. Auden - "Musee de Beaux Arts" Elizabeth Bishop - "The Fish" May Sarton - "A Guest" Richard Wilbur - "The Writer" & "Year's End" W. S. Merwin - "For the Anniversary of My Death" James Wright - "A Blessing" & "Saint Judas" Anne Sexton - "The Truth the Dead Know" Adrienne Rich - "Diving into the Wreck" & "Rape" Sylvia Plath - "Edge" Robert Phillips - "Compartments" Leon Stokesbury - "Evening's End 1943-1970" Dana Goia - "Planting a Sequoia" Rita Dove - "Adolescence - III"

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jude

    I am not a huge fan of poetry to be honest, but this is a great book to start with if you are a poetry enthusiast.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Moore

    This was a great poetry anthology to use at the beginning of my Poetry: Form and Meaning class. We used the prose (though supplemented it for some other perspectives on reading and writing poetry) a great deal, and it was nice to have a wide selection of poems to choose from for each class meeting. The variety is good, and we were able to also be spontaneous and choose poems for quick reading circles and projects. When we approached or sought out more contemporary poets, newer poets students mig This was a great poetry anthology to use at the beginning of my Poetry: Form and Meaning class. We used the prose (though supplemented it for some other perspectives on reading and writing poetry) a great deal, and it was nice to have a wide selection of poems to choose from for each class meeting. The variety is good, and we were able to also be spontaneous and choose poems for quick reading circles and projects. When we approached or sought out more contemporary poets, newer poets students might feel a stronger connection to, and poets of more diverse backgrounds, we needed to move outside the book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sammy Malave

    I've picked this Anthology up so many times, it goes through over a hundred years of poetry and gives you a real visual on how poetry speaks about the history of that time. There's a poem in here about the Titanic written the year the ship sank. There are poems about women that remind you how hard the fortune is for all womankind. There's even poems from the 2000's. It's fun to have this to see all the different styles of poetry there is, how each poet used the page to interpret the world around I've picked this Anthology up so many times, it goes through over a hundred years of poetry and gives you a real visual on how poetry speaks about the history of that time. There's a poem in here about the Titanic written the year the ship sank. There are poems about women that remind you how hard the fortune is for all womankind. There's even poems from the 2000's. It's fun to have this to see all the different styles of poetry there is, how each poet used the page to interpret the world around them. I have a lot of favorites in this one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mid Shexany

    amazing book

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jessie

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ellie Red

  9. 5 out of 5

    Donna

  10. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Balliet

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cindy Zhang

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mike

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

  14. 4 out of 5

    Claire

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Anderson

  16. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

  17. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

  18. 5 out of 5

    Conor

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay Ripley

  20. 5 out of 5

    Arielle

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rick

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jacob Belsher

  23. 4 out of 5

    Grace

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jinx:The:Poet {the Literary Masochist, Ink Ninja & Word Roamer}

  25. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Bradham

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mariachiara Cerniglia

  27. 4 out of 5

    Valerie Isacks

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dylan Hock

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jason Huff

  30. 4 out of 5

    Fenia

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