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Title:
The Concise Columbia book of poetry
Author:
Harmon, William, 1938-
Publication Information:
New York : Columbia University Press, [1990]

©1990
Physical Description:
ix, 250 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes indexes.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780231072403
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Presents, in order of popularity, the 100 poems which have appeared most frequently in 400 current anthologies, as revealed by the Columbia Granger's index to poetry, 9th ed. 1990. Harmon provides splendid introductions to each of the poems, as well as short biographies of the poets. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


Reviews 2

Library Journal Review

Were an anthology to be compiled by the Robin Williams character in Dead Poets Society (who is indeed alluded to in the editor's introduction to one of the poems), this would be it. This book will prove a boon to those who insist that there hasn't been any real poetry since Tennyson, but it could also be an invaluable resource to scholars and librarians who see it for what it is: not so much a must-have anthology as a significant statistical record, since it contains the 100 most frequently anthologized poems in English, according to the Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry . That is to say, all but a few of these poems are by long-dead British males (Emily Dickinson is the only woman here); the result is a rich gathering, but not the comprehensive one suggested by the book's title.-- David Kirby, Florida State Univ., Tallahassee (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

YA-- This is not just another anthology. It's the greatest hits, the most anthologized poems in English, in order. It's perfect for the Guinness Records crowd. Readers already hooked on the genre will enjoy trying to outguess Granger's (the source for the popularity measurement) and will be intrigued by the quirky remarks. Newcomers are more than likely to find themselves disarmed by the casual style and witty commentary. The notes on the poems, brief biographies of the poets, and indexes of titles, first lines, and authors make this engaging collection all the more accessible. Don't let trivia fans miss the introduction--there's no telling when that information on Thomas Gray and ``darkling'' might come in handy.-- Cathy Chauvette, Fairfax County Public Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.