100 Best-Loved Poems, Paperback Book

100 Best-Loved Poems Paperback

Edited by Philip Smith

Part of the Dover Thrift Editions series

3.5 out of 5 (6 ratings)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
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  • Category: Poetry
  • ISBN: 9780486285535


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A fair collection of the sort of thing that shows up on every college English syllabus. No longer works; poems are 2 pages or less. A good deal for $1.25.

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A collection of well-known poems by well-known authors which works well if you are just looking to acquaint yourself with poetry. However, some of the selections disappointed me and many of them left little to be analyzed. Not great for any Lit. major, but for a Dover Thrift of $1.25 I can't complain TOO much.

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No one in their right mind would argue the worth of the poems in this volume. If you’re interested in the verse that has shaped our culture, this is a great place to start.I learned something about myself in reading this book, though—I prefer things in their context.:* I’d rather listen to a representative album from an artist than a best-of CD.* I prefer Biblical Theology to Systematic Theology because it allows each author to speak in his own voice.* I would much rather have read these poems in their original context than ripped from their homes and forced into a best-of list.This book is great—for a compilation. My next poetry read, though, will be the collected works of Robert Frost.

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I spent a restful rainy Sunday evening savoring the wonderful words, phrases and lyrical joy of reading this marvelous compilation of poetry.Beginning with The Ballad of Lord Randal through Dylan Thomas’ Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, I was transformed to a world where writing was concise, crisp, clear and every word was laden with meaning.As the rain splashed on the sky light in the living room and the thunder clapped, I sat in an overstuffed chair, cup of tea in hand and delighted in the images that gently rolled through my mind. Finding some of these poems anew was as cleansing as the spring rain.For instance, as I read A.E. Housman’s To an Athlete Dying Young, I saw Isak Dinesen, portrayed by Meryl Streep, as she stands at the graveside of Dennys Finch Hatton in the movie Out of Africa.The time you won your town the raceWe chaired you through the market-place;Man and boy stood cheering by,And home we brought you shoulder-high.To-day, the road all runners come,Shoulder-high we bring you home,And set you at your threshold down,Townsman of a stiller town.Smart lad, to slip betimes awayFrom fields were glory does not stayAnd early though the laurel growsIt withers quicker than the rose.Eyes the shady night has shutCannot see the record cut,And silence sounds no worse than cheersAfter earth has stopped the ears:Now you will not swell the routOf lads that wore their honours out,Runners whom renown outranAnd the name died before the man.So set, before its echoes fade,The fleet foot on the sill of shade,And hold to the low lintel upThe still-defended challenge-cup.And round that early-laurelled headWill flock to gaze the strengthless dead,And find unwithered on its curlsThe garland briefer than a girl's.

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Excellent small anthology; easily worth spending $1.50 on if one happens to be using Amazon's free Super Saver shipping.

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