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 Hundred, 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.
|Edition description:||Unabridged, 5 CDs|
|Product dimensions:||5.76(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.40(d)|
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
'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.