100 Great Poems of the Twentieth Century

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100 Great Poems of the Twentieth Century

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9780393058949: 100 Great Poems of the Twentieth Century

The last century's 100 most enduring poems, selected and introduced by former Poet Laureate Mark Strand.

Accounting for the great range of style and content with which poets such as W. H. Auden, Dylan Thomas, Federico García Lorca, Rainer Maria Rilke, William Butler Yeats, Pablo Neruda, and Jorge Luis Borges responded to the changes and challenges of the twentieth century, 100 Great Poems of the Twentieth Century is intended as both a unique compendium for the already well-versed and as an engaging introduction for those new to the expansive world of poetry. Alan Ginsberg's struggle―"What thoughts I have of you tonight, Walt Whitman....In my hungry fatigue, and shopping for images, I went into the neon fruit supermarket, dreaming of your enumerations!"―is echoed by other remarkable poets in this international collection of exciting and moving poems that are alike not in their length or for their status as seminal texts but because they are impossible to forget.

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Mark Strand (1934―2014) won the Pulitzer Prize for Blizzard of One and was Poet Laureate of the United States.

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Favorite-poem anthologies have become quite popular and are intriguing both for their content and for what can be gleaned about their creators, from Robert Pinksy to Harold Bloom to Camille Paglia. As Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Strand observes in his scintillating, discerning, and classy anthology of great twentieth-century poems, every book of this nature is a "personal one," and no two editors would chose the same 100 best poems. Strand is drawn to poems that match eloquence and restraint with gorgeously sensual description, music in minor keys, self-conscious drama, haunting emotion, wry humor, and hard-won wisdom. Strand has selected works by poets of Europe and North and South America, and because there are so many gifted American poets, he restricted himself to those born before 1927. The result is a marvelously graceful, shimmering cosmos of poems by the likes of Anna Akhmatova, A. R. Ammons, Amy Clampit, Robert Desnos, Robert Frost, Nazim Hikmet, Kenneth Koch, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Gabriela Mistral, Eugenio Montale, Octavio Paz, and Derek Walcott. Donna Seaman
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