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Best Classic Poetry Books Worth Your Attention

There are countless Classic Poetry courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. Classic Poetry: Candlewick Illustrated Classic (Candlewick Illustrated Classics) (2009)

 Best Classic Poetry Books Worth Your AttentionPoetry provides the best introduction to the marvels of the English language. This volume, collected by award-winning author Michael Rosen, presents a glorious selection of classic poetry, chronologically arranged from the seventeenth century to modern day — poems by such celebrated poets as William Shakespeare, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Emily Dickinson, Carl Sandburg, and Langston Hughes — complete with biographical sketches of the poets, information on individual poems, and notes on poetic forms. Paul Howard’s full-color illustrations illuminate some of the most brilliant…
Author(s): Michael Rosen, Paul Howard

2. 100 Best-Loved Poems (Dover Thrift Editions) (1995)

 Best Classic Poetry Books Worth Your AttentionHere are some of the most-loved poems in the English language, chosen not merely for their popularity, but for their literary quality as well. Dating from the Middle Ages to the 20th century, these splendid poems remain evergreen in their capacity to engage our minds and refresh our spirits.Among them are Marlowe: “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love”; Shakespeare: “Sonnet XVIII” (“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”); Donne: “Holy Sonnet X” (“Death, be not proud”); Marvell: “To His Coy Mistress”; Wordsworth: “I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”; Shelley: “Ode to the West Wind”; Longfellow: “The Children’s Hour”; Poe: “The…
Author(s): Philip Smith

3. The Classic Hundred Poems (1998)

 Best Classic Poetry Books Worth Your AttentionHere in one volume are the top one hundred poems, as determined by a survey of more than 1,000 anthologies―the poems in English most frequently anthologized, the poems with the broadest, most enduring appeal. From Shakespeare to Dickinson to Frost, from sonnets to odes to villanelles, William Harmon’s Classic Hundred Poems offers a feast for poetry lovers.This book updates the first edition by presenting the new top one hundred poems, nineteen of which were not in the first edition. The revised edition is arranged chronologically, and features new commentary and notes on verse form, as well as an index of the poems in order of popularity,…
Author(s): William Harmon

4. Classic Poems to Read Aloud (Classic Collections) (2003)

 Best Classic Poetry Books Worth Your AttentionClassic Poems to Read Aloud by James Berry; illustrations by James Mayhew is an all-inclusive thematic anthology of over 150 poems brings together a marvelous array of writings, from Shakespeare and Tennyson to modern poets such as Robert Frost and Ted Hughes to the works of Caribbean, African, and Native American poets. A delightful way for children and adults to spend time together. #811,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #3704 in Children’s Poetry (Books) #4940 in Children’s Classics (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): James Berry, James Mayhew

5. The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry (2003)

 Best Classic Poetry Books Worth Your AttentionDazzling in its range, exhilarating in its immediacy and grace, this collection gathers together, from every region of the country and from the past forty years, the poems that continue to shape our imaginations. From Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop, John Ashbery and Adrienne Rich, to Robert Haas and Louise Glück, this anthology takes the full measure of our poetry’s daring energies and its tender understandings.Other poets include:Sylvia PlathJames MerrillAmy clampittJorie GrahamW. S. MerwinCharles SimicAllen GinsbergFrank O’HaraAnne SextonRobert CreeleySharon OldsMary OliverRobert PinskyMark StrandDenise…
Author(s): J. D. McClatchy

6. Petals of the Moon: A Poetry Collection (2019)

 Best Classic Poetry Books Worth Your AttentionPetals of the Moon is a collection of poems that take the reader through the journey of night. #9,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #4 in Haiku & Japanese Poetry #3 in Poetry About Places (Books) #6 in Native American Poetry (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): C Churchill

7. The Book of Songs: The Ancient Chinese Classic of Poetry (1996)

 Best Classic Poetry Books Worth Your AttentionOne of the five Confucian classics, The Book of Songs (Shijing) is the oldest collection of poetry in world literature and the finest treasure of traditional songs left from antiquity. Where the other Confucian classics treat “outward things: deeds, moral precepts, the way the world works,” as Stephen Owen tells us in his foreword, The Book of Songs is “the classic of the human heart and the human mind.” #165,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #17 in Asian Literature (Books) #83 in Chinese Literature #13 in Chinese Poetry…
Author(s): Arthur Waley, Stephen Owen

8. Hip-hop Poetry And The Classics (2004)

 Best Classic Poetry Books Worth Your AttentionFans of Hip-Hop can gain a deeper understanding of the bridges that link the great poets of the past to contemporary poets of today through a comparison of the writings of classic authors such as Robert Frost, Shakespeare, Rudyard Kipling, Edgar Allen Poe and Langston Hughes with those of Hip-Hop artists such as Tupac Shakur, Public Enemy, Mos Def, Eminem, KRS One, and Notorious B.I.G. This text includes in-depth analysis of all poetic literary devices, writing activities, critical thinking prompts and a host of user-friendly material to deepen one s own skills and understanding. Designed to be the pre-eminent source for novices and…
Author(s): Alan Sitomer, Michael Cirelli

9. Poems (Vintage Classics) (2016)

 Best Classic Poetry Books Worth Your AttentionWilliam Blake is one of England’s most fascinating writers; he was not only a groundbreaking poet, but also a painter, engraver, radical, and mystic. Although Blake was dismissed as an eccentric by his contemporaries, his powerful and richly symbolic poetry has been a fertile source of inspiration to the many writers and artists who have followed in his footsteps. In this collection Patti Smith brings together her personal favorites of Blake’s poems, including the complete Songs of Innocence and Songs of Experience, to give a singular picture of this unique genius, whom she…
Author(s): William Blake, Patti Smith

10. The Inferno (Signet Classics) (2009)

 Best Classic Poetry Books Worth Your AttentionThe first part of Dante s Divine Comedy is many things: a moving human drama, a supreme expression of the Middle Ages, a glorification of the ways of God, and a magnificent protest against the ways in which men have thwarted the divine plan. One of the few literary works that has enjoyed a fame both immediate and enduring, The Inferno remains powerful after seven centuries. It confronts the most universal values—good and evil, free will and predestination—while remaining intensely personal and ferociously political, for it was born out of the anguish of a man who saw human life blighted by the…
Author(s): Dante Alighieri, John Ciardi , et al.

11. Six Centuries of Great Poetry: A Stunning Collection of Classic British Poems from Chaucer to Yeats (1992)

 Best Classic Poetry Books Worth Your AttentionUniquely comprehensive…highly readable…the definitive collection of classic lyric poetry.From Shakespeare’s wise music to Marvell’s profundity and wit…from the Romantics’ passionate view of man and woman and nature to twentieth-centur poets’ confused searching, this outstanding one-volume collection brings us the profound, soul-nourishing experience of great poetry.Brilliantly selected and arranged by renowned literary masters Robert Penn Warren and Albert Erskine, the poems here reflect the genius of six centuries of poets.  It is the finest anthology of lyric poetry ever published."Truth" by…
Author(s): Robert Penn Warren, Albert Erskine

Best Classic Poetry Books Worth Your Attention

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The reception of Greek lyric poetry in the ancient world : transmission, canonization and paratext

Author(s): Currie, Bruno; Rutherford, Ian
ID: 2462836, Publisher: Brill, Year: 2020, Size: 3 Mb, Format: pdf

Awakened Cosmos: The Mind of Classical Chinese Poetry

Author(s): David Hinton
ID: 2523928, Publisher: Shambhala, Year: 2019, Size: 13 Mb, Format: epub

Classical Presences in Irish Poetry after 1960: The Answering Voice

Author(s): Florence Impens
ID: 2179630, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

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