100 Essential American Poems
- Editor: Leslie M. Pockell
- Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
- Published: August 2010
- ISBN-10: 0312623976
- ISBN-13: 9780312623975
- Format: Paperback
- Copyright: 2010
- Subject: POETRY / Anthologies (multiple authors)
Our Price: $20.99
A gift-appropriate volume of top-selected classic works includes Poe's "The Raven," Longfellow's "Paul Revere's Ride," and Whitman's "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed," in a collection that is complemented by poet introductions.
In this poetry collection, Pockell (100 Poems to Lift Your Spirits), associate publisher at Time Warner Books Group, focuses on poems that have fueled the American identity. Covering 400 years, the poems range from classic, to familiar (and for nostalgics, poems most likely memorized and recited), to those that touch upon the seminal events in America's history. The collection aims to present an evolving American "voice" while following the country's growth in human rights, feminism and diversity. A short author bio prefaces each selection, beginning with the 17th century's Anne Bradstreet, who celebrates being female in a harsh environment. Well known names like Herman Melville, Emily Dickenson, William Carlos Williams, Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath are represented by their seminal works, and the beauty of this collection is the coming together of the best loved poems of the best loved American poets. A work that serves as reference, comfort, and a reminder poetry's significance in the everyday experience of American life, this is a volume worthy of any shelf. (Apr.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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