101 Great American Poems

101 Great American Poems

by The American Poetry & Literacy Project (Editor)


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ISBN-13: 9780486401584
Publisher: Dover Publications
Publication date: 01/21/1998
Series: Dover Thrift Editions
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 94,015
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 14 Years

Table of Contents

Anne Bradstreet
To My Dear and Loving Husband
Phillis Wheatley
"From To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth"
William Cullen Bryant
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Concord Hymn
The Snow-storm
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Arrow and the Song
The Builders
The Children's Hour
The Day is Done
Paul Revere's Ride
Edgar Allan Poe
Annabel Lee
The Conqueror Worm
The Raven
To Helen
Abraham Lincoln
My Childhood's Home I see Again
"Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr."
Old Ironsides
Herman Melville
Walt Whitman
I Hear America Singing
I Sit and Look Out
A Noiseless Patient Spider
O Captain! My Captain!
From Song of Myself
When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer
Frances E. W. Harper
Bury Me in a Free Land
Songs for the People
Emily Dickinson
Because I could not stop for Death'
Death sets a thing significant'
Hope is the thing with feathers'
I died for beauty'
If I can stop one heart from breaking'
I'm nobody! Who are you?'
My life closed twice before its close'
Success is counted sweetest'
There is no frigate like a book'
This is my letter to the world'
Emma Lazarus
The New Colossus
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Ernest Lawrence Thayer
Casey at the Bat
Edgar Lee Masters
The Unknown
Edwin Arlington Robinson
Miniver Cheevy
Mr. Flood's Party
Richard Cory
Stephen Crane
I saw a man pursuing the horizon'
War Is Kind
James Weldon Johnson
Sence You Went Away
Paul Laurence Dunbar
The Lesson
We Wear the Mask
Gertrude Stein
Susie Asado
Robert Frost
Acquainted with the Night
After Apple-Picking
Fire and Ice
Mending Wall
Nothing Gold Can Stay
The Road Not Taken
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Two Tramps in Mud Time
Carl Sandburg
"I am the People, the Mob"
Vachel Lindsay
Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight
The Leaden-Eyed
Wallace Stevens
The Emperor of Ice-Cream
The Reader
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
William Carlos Williams
The Great Figure
The Red Wheelbarrow
This is Just To Say
The Widow's Lament in Springtime
Sara Teasdale
Ezra Pound
In a station of the Metro
The River-Merchant's Wife: A Letter
Robinson Jeffers
"Shine, Perishing Republic"
"Shine, Republic"
Marianne Moore
T.S. Eliot
The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Claude McKay
After the Winter
If We Must Die
The Tropics in New York
Edna St. Vincent Millay
First Fig
Archibald MacLeish
Ars Poetica
The End of the World
E.E. Cummings
since feeling is first
Jean Toomer
Her Lips Are Copper Wire
Langston Hughes
Dream Deferred (Harlem)
"I, Too"
Little Old Letter
Mother to Son
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
Still Here
Countee Cullen
For Paul Laurence Dunbar
W.H. Auden
The Unknown Citizen

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101 Great American Poems 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the manifestation of the dream of former U.S. Poet Laureate Joseph Brodsky when he said, 'Poetry must be available to the public in far greater volume than it is.' Brodsky believed that poetry books should be distributed free of charge in many places, such as supermarkets and factories. He also had the idea that an anthology of poetry should be, 'found in every hotel room in the land.' Brodsky went on to create the American Poetry & Literacy Project in 1993, and is the publisher of this book. This little anthology covers more than 350 years of American poetry. It includes poets who were famous in their own time such as Edgar Allen Poe, and poets whose talents weren't realized until after their death, such as Emily Dickinson. It displays American patriotism in poems such as Walt Whitman's, 'I Hear America Singing', and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's 'Paul Revere's Ride.' Poems such as, 'Dream Deferred (Harlem)' by Langston Hughes, and 'Incident' by Countee Cullen, explore themes of racial prejudice and African American culture. War, loneliness, nature, children, all the many issues and emotions we as human beings find ourselves dealing with today, are all included in this small, yet well-comprised anthology. Many of my personal favorites include poems about poetry itself. These poets and writers give serious, and not so serious, contemplation to the art of writing. On page 65, the teacher and library assistant Marianne Moore begins her poem, 'Poetry' with these lines: I, too, dislike it: there are things that are important beyond all this fiddle. Moore, known for her complex poems was known as the 'poet's poet,' and was the editor of the literary magazine The Dial, according the book's biography about her. Pulitzer prize winner Archibald Macleish's poem, 'Ars Poetica' gives his view of what a poem should be on page 72: A poem should be wordless As the flight of birds A poem should be motionless in time As the moon climbs The books biography on Macleish says that he was an editor for Fortune magazine, Librarian of Congress, and Assistant Secretary of State. According to Andrew Carroll, the Executive Director of The American Poetry and Literacy Project, Joseph Brodsky never saw the final version of this book, '101 Great American Poems' before his death. He leaves us however, with Brodsky's inspiring words in his Introduction to the book: 'Books find their readers, and if not, well let them lie around, absorb dust, rot and disintegrate. There is always going to be a child who will fish a book out of the garbage heap. I was such a child, for what it's worth...' For us, Brodsky's own poetry and the legacy he left behind in The American Poetry and Literacy Project, continues to be worth a fortune. ~Brian Douthit author of 'Perfectly Said: when words become art'
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best poetry introduction (any collection, any nation) I've ever read. Known, unknown, traditional, newer style--its all good. You will be reminded of forgotten poems--and they're all worth reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
101 Great American Poems is an outstanding collection of the greatest poetry written by U.S. authors all in one volume. This book is a great inroduction for the young reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found many of the poems in here familiar, ones that are appealing to the general reader. It does a nice job of introduing major American poets. I have bought copies for my nieces and nephews, hoping to introduce them to poetry in an appealing format (its small size makes it seem less intimidating.
phebj on LibraryThing 8 months ago
The purpose of this slim volume (just 80 pages) is to make great poetry more available. The book is currently selling for $1.50 on Amazon. The poems are arranged in chronological order starting in the 1600s and ending in the late 1900s and each is introduced with a short paragraph about the poet. A number of them I had read back in grade school but many were new to me. My favorites ended up being by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Edna St. Vincent Millay. This is a book that could easily be carried in a purse or briefcase and read when time permitted. I loved it and will be keeping it on my shelves.
mrkatzer on LibraryThing 11 months ago
One could endlessly debate which poems to include in a collection of 101 American poems, but overall this collection is pretty representative of American poetry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago