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Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present, SoftcoverGreat American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present, Softcover
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A prose poem is a poem written in prose rather than verse. But what does that really mean? Is it an indefinable hybrid? An anomaly in the history of poetry? Are the very words "prose poem" an oxymoron? This groundbreaking anthology edited by celebrated poet David Lehman, editor of The Best American Poetry series, traces the form in all its dazzling variety from Poe and Emerson to Auden and Ashbery and on, right up to the present. In his brilliant and lucid introduction, Lehman defines the prose poem, summarizes its French heritage, and outlines its history in the United States. Included here are important works from masters of American literature, as well as poems by contemporary mainstays and emerging talents who demonstrate why the form has become an irresistible option for the practicing poet today. Great American Prose Poems is a marvelous collection, a must-have for anyone interested in the current state of the art.
     

 
The Best Loved Poems of the American PeopleThe Best Loved Poems of the American People
Hazel Felleman, Edward Frank Allen
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Truly a classic, The Best Loved Poems of the American People contains over 575 traditional favorites to be read and reread. Categorized by theme, and indexed by author and first line, this is a collection that will be treasured by the young and not-so-young alike.
Relive the excitement and ultimate heartbreak of Earnest Lawrence Thayer's "Casey at the Bat," and the twoo less-known follow-up poems, "Casey's Revenge" and "Casey - Twenty Years Later." Enjoy, too, the history that is brought to life in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Paul Revere's Ride" and Alfred Tennyson's "The Charge of the Light Brigade."
Other contributors range from acknowledged literary giants like Rudyard Kipling, Robert Browning, Emily Bronte, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning to less familiar creators of popular pieces like "Home, Sweet Home," "The Old Oaken Bucket," and "In Flanders Fields."
These are the poems that have delighted generations, and will warm our hearts forever. Whether they are read aloud, or quietly alone, the selections in this book will be cherished for years to come. It is a must for every poetry lover, as well as every family reference library.
     

 
The Best American Poetry 2009The Best American Poetry 2009
David Wagoner(Ed.)
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American Poetry: The 19th Century Vol. 1: Freneau to WhitmanAmerican Poetry: The 19th Century Vol. 1: Freneau to Whitman
John Hollander
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John Hollander, editor. This landmark anthology gathers over 1,000 poems by nearly 150 poets to reveal the remarkable beauty and astonishing diversity of the distinctly American tradition of poetry that arose in the 19th century. This first volume extends chronologically from the classical couplets of Philip Freneau to the pioneering free verse of Whitman. Alongside generous selections by Poe, Emerson, Bryant, Longfellow, and Whittier are poems yet to achieve full recognition: mystical sonnets by Jones Very, the Romantic fantasias of Maria Gowen Brooks. Woven throughout are popular ballads, hymns, and songs, like "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear," whose lyrics still echo in our American language. Contains newly researched biographical sketches of each poet, a year by year chronology of poets and poetry, and extensive notes. "There is simply nothing else like it in print." -Helen Vendler, The New Republic
     

 
American Poetry: The 19th Century Vol 2: Herman Melville to Trumbull Stickney, American Indian Poetry, Folk Songs and SpiritualsAmerican Poetry: The 19th Century Vol 2: Herman Melville to Trumbull Stickney, American Indian Poetry, Folk Songs and Spirituals
John Hollander
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From the lyrics of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson to folk ballads and moving spirituals, one of our greatest cultural legacies is the distinctly American poetry that arose in the 19th-century United States. This anthology reveals for the first time the full beauty and diversity of that tradition. This second volume extends from the monumental mid-century achievements of Melville and Dickinson to the modernist stirrings of Stephen Crane and E.A. Robinson. Pioneering African-American poets, popular humorists, poems of the Civil War and western migration are here alongside such neglected pleasures as the eloquent lyricism of Emma Lazarus and the exquisite fin de sihcle verse of Trumbull Stickney. Special features include American Indian Poetry in 19th-century versions and a rich gathering of folk poetry: railroad and outlaw ballads, dance songs, spirituals, and much more. Contains newly researched biographical sketches of each poet, a chronology of poets and poetry, and extensive notes. "For anyone whose love of poetry is more than a decade deep, this is essential reading."-The Nation
     

 
American Poetry: 20th Century Vol 1: Henry Adams to Dorothy ParkerAmerican Poetry: 20th Century Vol 1: Henry Adams to Dorothy Parker
Robert Hass
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The twentieth century brought some of the most dramatic and turbulent events in history, from lynchings and the Civil Rights Era to World War II to the Russian Revolution; and poets were there to witness and respond. This collection of nearly 1400 poems by 200 different artists captures their unique perspectives on the events and spirit of the age. Frost, Pound, Eliot, Stevens and others are included, from the most influential words to the oft-neglected gems. 986 indexed pages, hardcover with dust jacket.
     

 
American Poetry: The 20th Century Vol 2: e.e. cummings-May SwensonAmerican Poetry: The 20th Century Vol 2: e.e. cummings-May Swenson
Robert Hass
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The second volume in a two-part series, American Poetry: The Twentieth Century, Volume 2 accompanies American Poetry: 20th Century, Volume 1. one of the most diverse and divergent eras to occur in history, the times from the turn of the century until World War II produced not only some of the most dramatic changes in culture and industry, but poetry and literature as well. Generous and thoughtful selections feature the most illustrious poets--ee cummings, Crane, Ted Hughes, and Roethke--along with the lesser known genii who wrote just as movingly. Biographical sketches and notes are included for the reader to gain a fuller portrait of the age and the art of poetry. 1007 pages, hardcover with dust jacket.
     

 
Nineteenth-Century American PoetryNineteenth-Century American Poetry
William C. Spengemann, Jessica F. Roberts
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Compiled to suggest what nineteenth-century America contributed to the history of poetry, rather than what poetry may contribute to a history of nineteenth-century America, this volume emphasizes those poets who have survived the Modernist revolution over those left behind. And so it is Whitman, Dickson, and Melville who occupy the center of this anthology; these are the poets in whose ability to speak directly to our ears modern poetry has recognized its forebears. But only when these poetic innovators are read alongside the recognized giants of their day can we begin to see how truly extraordinary they are, and why they remained undervalued, unread, or altogether unknown in their own time. William C. Spengemann and Jessica F. Roberts have gathered nearly three hundred poems, spanning the course of the century: from Joel Barlow to Edwin Arlington Robinson, by way of Bryant, Emerson, Longfellow, Whittier, Poe, Holmes, Jones Very, Thoreau, Lowell, Lanier, and the largely forgotten Fredrick Goddard Tuckerman and Sarah Morgan Piatt.
     

 

 

 
Fifty Years of American Poetry: Over 2000 Important Works by America's Modern MastersFifty Years of American Poetry: Over 2000 Important Works by America's Modern Masters
W.H. Auden, Ezra Pound
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Seer, critic, lover, madwoman - the poet's sensibility gives us a chance to experience them all. This rich, wide-ranging collection of the work by scores of America's contemporary poets brings you both wisdom and entertainment in short verse. In it are represented with one poem each, the chancelors, fellows, and award winners of the Academy of American Poets since 1934. The result is a unique sampler of the various literary styles and themes that have left their mark on the past five decades. Fifty Years of American Poetry gives readers the opportunity to hear familiar voices and new ones - and encounter the great American poems that have captured both our minds and our hearts.
     

 
The Oxford Book of American PoetryThe Oxford Book of American Poetry
Edited by David Lehman
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If you're looking for famous and little-known poets from America's past, Lehman draws your attention to over 200, from Anne Bradstreet to our contemporaries in pieces ranging from Whitman's "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" to Stevens's "The Idea of Order at Key West." A stunning, ubiquitous collection. 1132 pages, hardcover.
     

 
The Vintage Book of African American PoetryThe Vintage Book of African American Poetry
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In The Vintage Book of African American Poetry, editors Harper and Walton present the definitive collection of black verse in the United States - from the neoclassical stylings of slave - born Phillis Wheatley to the pst modern artistry of Yuslef Komunyakaa. Here is the oracular vision of Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott, the plaintive rhapsodies of an imprisioned Etheridge Knight. Here, too, is a landmark exploration of lesser known artists - including perhaps the tradition's most accomplished practicioner, Sterling A. Brown - whose efforts birthed the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts movements - and changed forver not only our national literature but the course of America itself. Meticulously researched, thoughtfully structured, The Vintage Book of African American Poetry is a collection of inestimable value to all those interested in the ever-evolving tradition that is American poetry.
     
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