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Horder, W. Garrett, ed. Palgrave, Francis , ed. The Golden Treasury. Nearly lyrical pieces and songs. Armstrong, Hamilton Fish, ed. The Book of New York Verse. These lovingly selected poems trace the history of the City. Macdonald, Augustin S. A Collection of Verse by California Poets.
These selections represent the early Golden State poets. Strachey, Lionel, et al. Index to Humorous Poems. Fuess and Stearns, comps. The Little Book of Society Verse. The works in this first part of an extensive anthology include a glossary of over 1, footnotes. The works by more than 60 authors survey the greatest works of the English Romantic poets. The poems in this last of a three-volume anthology span 40 nineteenth-century Britains and Americans.
Hymns of the Christian Church. A collection of 39 works from the early Catholic Church to Protestantism. Sinclair, Upton , ed. With many verse selections, these annotated entries show American Progressivism at its heyday. Bridges, Robert , ed. The Spirit of Man: An Anthology. Created in the darkness of the Great War, Bridges collects a book of lights from the literature of his nation and its allies.
Hyperlinked indexes and anthology search. The Poems of Matthew Arnold , — The bridge from the Victorian to the Modern era. Blake, William. The Poetical Works. Collected Poems. These 82 ecstatic poems form the heritage and chronicle of a handsome British youth who died in the Great War. Burns, Robert. Poems and Songs. Byron, Lord. Poetry of Byron. Chapman, George , trans. The Odysseys of Homer , vol. Chaucer, Geoffrey. Complete Poetical Works. Dante Alighieri. The Divine Comedy. The height of the fall-and-redemption genre that would influence every generation of writer since.
Dickinson, Emily. Complete Poems. Comprising poems of the Belle of Amherst. Donne, John. The Poems of John Donne. The master of metaphysical poetry featuring modernized spellings. Dryden, John. The Poems of John Dryden. Includes songs from his plays and translations.
The great early works of the American poet who defined the early 20th century in verse. Prufrock and Other Observations. The Waste Land. Emerson, Ralph Waldo. The Poems of Emerson. From the twelve-volume Concord edition of his Complete Works features voluminous footnotes painstakingly compiled by his son. North of Boston. Mountain Interval. Miscellaneous Poems. Graves, Robert. Fairies and Fusiliers. Hardy, Thomas. Considered an early Modern poet ahead of his Victorian time, G. Housman, A. A Shropshire Lad. Howard, Henry, Earl of Surrey. Sixty selections from the Tudor poet who was the first practitioner of blank verse in English.
Hutchinson, Lucy. Order and Disorder. The greatest epic rarely read. Keats, John.
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Poetical Works. Kipling, Rudyard. Verse: — These selections represent the best of the Nobel prize—winning poet—from Gunga Din to If. These two collections of verse were written as D. New Poems. Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth. The selections contain all the verse and dramas of the quintessential nineteenth-century American poet. Masters, Edgar Lee. Spoon River Anthology. Millay, Edna St. Renascence and Other Poems. Her first volume praised for its freshness and vitality. Milton, John.
Complete Poems Written in English. Pope, Alexander.
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The verse and famous translations from Homer and others. Raleigh, Sir Walter. Thirty selections from the Elizabethan adventurer. Robinson, Edwin Arlington. Pulitzer Prize—winning collection of poems, which includes the best examples of his work in both long and short verse forms. Russell, George William. Collected Poems by A. Selected and edited by the author, these works epitomize the best of the Irish Renaissance poet. Sandburg, Carl Early collections celebrating his romance with America. Chicago Poems. Smoke and Steel. Sassoon, Siegfried Expressing the brutality and waste of war in forceful, realistic verse.
The Old Huntsman and Other Poems. Counter-Attack and Other Poems. Shakespeare, William. The Oxford Shakespeare. The 37 plays, sonnets and miscellaneous verse that constitute the unrivaled literary cornerstone of Western civilization. Shelley, Percy Bysshe. Partial collection. Spenser, Edmund. Stein, Gertrude. Tender Buttons.
Stevenson, Robert Louis. Two best-loved verse collections comprising poems. The greatest of Latin epics, concerning the mythic founder of Rome. Wheatley, Phillis. Poems on Various Subjects. The first book of verse by an African-American. Whitman, Walt. Leaves of Grass.
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In Whitman published Leaves of Grass in which he proclaims himself the symbolic representative of common people. Whittier, John Greenleaf. Four volumes, containing selections. Wilde, Oscar. First published verse. Come Hither is one that I splurged on when homeschooling and pored over for years, but I had forgotten about, so thank you, ferretpower, for the reminder to look on my own shelf!
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I love browsing through anthologies of verse! As a student a science student — i. Some 40 years later, I still have my battered old copy, and I feel very nostalgic about it. I have only browsed casually through the later version edited by Christopher Ricks in bookshops. The Penguin Book of English Verse, edited by Paul Keegan, groups the poems by date rather than by poet, and throws up some fascinating juxtapositions. When the BBC finally comes to its senses and invites me on to Desert Island Discs, this one may well be my book choice. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.
Email Address. Interesting Literature is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by linking to Amazon. Five of the best collections of English poetry, selected by Dr Oliver Tearle What are the best English poetry anthologies? Share this: Tweet. Like this: Like Loading Great choice for a sixth title on the list!
Eric Nicholson Erikleo8 August 31, at pm. Great suggestions! Great recommendations — thanks!
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