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The Classic Fifty Poems: All Time Favorites
     

The Classic Fifty Poems: All Time Favorites

by William Harmon (Editor), Various Contemporary Poets (Read by)
 

Imagine if Billboard compiled a list of the top 100 poems, chosen not by critics or professors but by the people themselves. That's the concept behind The Classic Fifty, and it works brilliantly. William Harmon found the 100 most anthologized poems in English, based on the ninth edition of The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry--the most

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Imagine if Billboard compiled a list of the top 100 poems, chosen not by critics or professors but by the people themselves. That's the concept behind The Classic Fifty, and it works brilliantly. William Harmon found the 100 most anthologized poems in English, based on the ninth edition of The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry--the most objective measurement of greatness available, representing consensus among the editors of some 400 anthologies. Then he put them in order and prefaced each one with concise, erudite, often humorous commentary. The range of poets, subjects and forms--from Shakespeare to Frost, from love and death to crime and punishment, from sonnets to odes--makes this an entertaining, enlightening, and indispensable aural guide to the finest verse in the English language.

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Library Journal
Harmon (an extremely good poet in his own right) edited several similar collections, including The Top 500 Poems (1992), plus earlier versions of the current volume (with different selections) under the title The Top 100 Poems in English (1990). Poets represented here range from anonymous contemporaries of Shakespeare to Theodore Roethke and Randall Jarrell. Readers are also poets, such as Rita Dove, Philip Levine, Richard Howard, and the late James Merrill (though it might have been wiser to have poets whose voices have been recorded reading their own poems, particularly in the case of Dylan Thomas). What is most useful, perhaps, are the biographies and commentary Harmon provides for each poem. This title is being issued simultaneously on cassette, CD, and CD-ROM (for $175). Recommended for libraries with strong interest in older poetry, but all libraries will benefit from providng their useful selection. -- Rochelle Ratner, formerly with "Soho Weekly News," New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565112483
Publisher:
HighBridge Company
Publication date:
04/01/1998
Series:
Highbridge Distribution Series
Edition description:
Abridged, 2 Cassettes
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
4.34(w) x 7.06(h) x 0.58(d)

Meet the Author


WILLIAM HARMON is James Gordon Hanes Professor of the Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, author of five books of poetry and editor of A Handbook to Literature. His most recent poetry has appeared in Blink and Light.

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