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Here is a capacious and sparkling gathering of poems, an anthology that extends its reach from the English-speaking world to Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. This unique volume includes such well-known figures as Pablo Neruda, Anna Akhmatova, Paul Celan, Seamus Heaney, Wole Soyinka, and Elizabeth Bishop but also offers the less familiar but equally welcome voices o Here is a capacious and sparkling gathering of poems, an anthology that extends its reach from the English-speaking world to Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. This unique volume includes such well-known figures as Pablo Neruda, Anna Akhmatova, Paul Celan, Seamus Heaney, Wole Soyinka, and Elizabeth Bishop but also offers the less familiar but equally welcome voices of Ugandan Okot p'Bitek, Indian A.K. Ramanujan, and the Japanese poet Shuntaro Tanikawa. With insightful essays by such eminent scholars and poets as Helen Vendler, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Sven Birkerts, Carolyn Forché, and Bei Dao placing the selections from each region in their cultural, political, and literary contexts, The Poetry of Our World guides readers through the richest and most eclectic selection of world poetry available today.


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Here is a capacious and sparkling gathering of poems, an anthology that extends its reach from the English-speaking world to Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. This unique volume includes such well-known figures as Pablo Neruda, Anna Akhmatova, Paul Celan, Seamus Heaney, Wole Soyinka, and Elizabeth Bishop but also offers the less familiar but equally welcome voices o Here is a capacious and sparkling gathering of poems, an anthology that extends its reach from the English-speaking world to Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. This unique volume includes such well-known figures as Pablo Neruda, Anna Akhmatova, Paul Celan, Seamus Heaney, Wole Soyinka, and Elizabeth Bishop but also offers the less familiar but equally welcome voices of Ugandan Okot p'Bitek, Indian A.K. Ramanujan, and the Japanese poet Shuntaro Tanikawa. With insightful essays by such eminent scholars and poets as Helen Vendler, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Sven Birkerts, Carolyn Forché, and Bei Dao placing the selections from each region in their cultural, political, and literary contexts, The Poetry of Our World guides readers through the richest and most eclectic selection of world poetry available today.

30 review for The Poetry of Our World: An International Anthology of Contemporary Poetry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Antoinette Van Beck

    This anthology was a joy. Would recommend to anyone looking for a broadening of their horizons in the art of poetry. Culture, philosophy, feelings, presence and absence, questions of deity, and other considerations are rife throughout this volume, and it is a beauty to behold. Kept me sane through the chaos of this Autumn COVID semester.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tony

    What looked as if it would be a terrific book turned out to be pretty disappointing. There are some wonderful poems in the Latin American section in particular, but I really was saddened by the translations chosen to represent Africa and Asia and much of Europe.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marci

    I don't remember a thing about this book. I had to read it for an MFA class. I don't remember a thing about this book. I had to read it for an MFA class.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    Awesome.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kcatty

    Each person in my English 9 class was assigned a poet from this book. I got Elizabeth Bishop.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

    I pick up this book over and over; it's a great anthology of world poetry. I pick up this book over and over; it's a great anthology of world poetry.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    Useful book to understand the history and context of poetry on the various continents. The poems were not great, on the whole. The good ones I have seen in other anthologies.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Adrian

    Delighted with this book. Anything with Joseph Brodsky as a presiding influence has got to be the real deal. Great stuff.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nouhaila Idrissi

    magnificent collection of world poetry

  10. 5 out of 5

    Triss

    Another book I read for class. It was really good and I loved the poetry in it. I definitely recommend it if you are looking for poems from around the world!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Katie Karnehm-Esh

    I love how international this anthology is. I only wish we had a more current sequel to it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Gopi Sait

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  15. 4 out of 5

    Auroral

  16. 5 out of 5

    Paolo

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nirmani Vithanage

  20. 5 out of 5

    Wanda Savage

  21. 5 out of 5

    Airlia Gustafson

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jenna Scioli

  25. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Dobbs

  26. 5 out of 5

    Yvette

  27. 4 out of 5

    A. Kaluza

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joelle Walter

  29. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

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