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Spanning 200 years of American history, this anthology include both celebrated favorites like Joel Barlow's "Hasty-Pudding," Philip Freneau's haunting "Indian Burying Ground," and Anne Bradstreet's lament on the burning of her house, and poems newly uncovered by recent scholarship: the private lyrics of Annis Boudinot Stockton of Princeton, New Jersey and Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson of Philadelphia; the darkly comic grotesques of Virginia aristocrat Robert Bolling; and the distinctive multilingual manuscript poems of Pennsylvania German Francis Daniel Pastorius. The range of voices is unprecendented. Michael Wigglesworth's Day of Doom-its stern Puritan stanzas memorized by generations of schoolchildren-precedes a drinking song by Benjamin Franklin and a risqui retelling of the story of Adam and Eve by Royall Tyler. African-American literary pioneers Phillis Wheatley and Jupiter Hammon seem all the more remarkable alongside The Sugar-Cane, a shocking georgic defense of plantaion slavery. Popular traditions of hymnody, balladry, and song are represented (including America's first known folk song, and the earliest known version of "Yankee Doodle"), along with children's poetry, broadside and newspaper verse, epitaphs, and the earliest translations of Native American song and chant.
Format: Hardcover Number of Pages: 900 Vendor: Penguin Putnam Inc. Publication Date: 2007 Dimensions: 8.20 X 5.12 X 1.32 (inches)
ISBN: 1931082901 ISBN-13: 9781931082907 Availability: Usually ships in 24-48 hours. Series:Library of America