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Adopting the methodology and fascination of the music charts, The Classic Hundred presents the "top 100" poems of all time in their order of popularity. The novelty of this collection lies in its completely original format, resulting in a compact anthology which ranges from Shakespeare to Frost, from love and death to crime and punishment.
Posted March 9, 2000
'A thing of beauty is a joy forever' and so is this collection . . . almost. There is only one thing that keeps it from being perfect--Jorie Graham. I cannot understand why anyone cast her to read poems. She may be a great poet, but as a reader she rates a zero. Her halting, non-emotional style is reminiscent of grade-school teachers who taught many of us to detest poetry. I have to program my CD player to skip her tracks because she slaughters some of my favorite poems. Well, enough negativity. Everyone else does a splendid job. I especially like Anthony Hecht. Run out and buy this collection, but make sure that you know how to program your CD player so that you may edit the readings to your liking.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.