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100 essential American poems
Pockell, Leslie.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, [2009]

Physical Description:
xv, 288 pages ; 22 cm
This compilation of great American poetry contains some of the most fondly remembered works of all time. Representing the earliest days of the Nation through the golden age of the 19th century and up to the present day, this classic collection also includes the lyrics of canonical songs, from "The Star-Spangled Banner" to "This Land is Your Land." Each poet's work is preceded by an introduction.--From publisher description.
Prologue / Author to her book / Before the birth of one of her children / To my dear and loving husband / Amazing grace / Yankee doodle dandy / Star-spangled banner / A visit from St. Nicholas / Thanatopsis / Concord hymn / Paul Revere's ride / Village blacksmith / A psalm of life / Barbara Frietchie / Snow-bound

Old Ironsides / Chambered nautilus / Deacon's masterpiece, or The wonderful "one-hoss shay" / Raven / To Helen / Bells / What is so rare as a day in June from "The vision of Sir Launfal" / Billy in the Darbies / What is the grass from Leaves of grass / Out of the cradle endlessly rocking / Crossing Brooklyn Ferry / A noiseless patient spider / I hear America singing / When I heard the learn'd astronomer / When lilacs last in the dooryard bloom'd / Battle-hymn of the republic / Do down, Moses / Follow the drinking gourd / Jeanie with the light brown hair / Old folks at home / Wild nights!-- wild nights!

There is no frigate like a book / "Hope" is the thing with feathers / I taste a liquor never brewed / I'm nobody! Who are you? / Because I could not stop for Death / Face on the barroom floor / Git along, little dogies / Sioux ghost dance / New Colossus / Little boy blue / Casey at the bat / Richard Cory / Anne Rutledge from Spoon River anthology / A man said to the universe / In the desert (from The black riders and other lives) / Cremation of Sam McGee / Shooting of Dan McGrew / Lfit every voice and sing / We wear the mask / Congo / A decade

Gift outright / Road not taken / Stopping by woods on a snowy evening / Mending wall / Death of the hired man / Chicago / Fog / Grass / Emperor of ice cream / Thirteen ways of looking at a blackbird / Home / Red wheelbarrow / This is just to say / Ancient music / Trees / Poetry / Love song of J. Alfred Prufrock / Waste land / First fig / I, being born a woman and distressed

Spring / Recuerdo / Second fig / Résumé / Buffalo Bill's / In just- / Poem: to Brooklyn Bridge / Dream deferred / Mother to son / Song of the open road / Reflections on ice-breaking / Cross roads blues / Stagger Lee / One art / This land is your land / Death of the ball turret gunner / For the union dead / We real cool / Sound off marching cadence count / Day Lady died / A supermarket in California / Daddy / Taking off Emily Dickinson's clothes
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