The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-century American Poetry

The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-century American Poetry

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Penguin proudly presents an unparalleled survey of the best poems of the past century.

Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former U .S. Poet Laureate, introduces readers to the most significant and compelling poems of the past hundred years. Selecting from the canon of American poetry throughout the twentieth century, Dove has created an anthology that represents the full spectrum of aesthetic sensibilities-from styles and voices to themes and cultures-while balancing important poems with significant periods of each poet. Featuring poems both classic and contemporary, this collection reflects both a dynamic and cohesive portrait of modern American poetry and outlines its trajectory over the past century.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2011
ISBN: 9780143106432
Branch Call Number: 811.508 PENGUIN
Characteristics: lii, 599 p. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Dove, Rita


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Aug 07, 2018

not accurate. rita dove does well to try including a lot of african american poets but a lot of them simply were not that influential in the the long run. this book is an attempt to restructure american poetry as more minoritarian than it was

"He likes the sun and he is tired of the art he has spent on the brown starfish anus of his heroine, the wet duck's-feather tufts of armpit and thigh, tender and roseate enfoldings of labia within labia, the pressure and darkness and long sudden falls from slippery stone in the minds of the men with anonymous tongues in his book. When he relaxes, old images return.""My head cocked toward the sky, I cannot get off the ground, and, you, passing over again, fast, perfect, and unwilling to tell me that you are doing well, or that it was mistake that placed you in that world, and me in this; or that misfortune placed these worlds in us." "When Americans say a man takes liberties, they mean he's gone too far. In Philadelphia today I saw a kid on a leash look mom-ward and announce his fondest wish: one bicentennial burger, hold the relish. Hold is forget, in American. On the courts of Philadelphia the rich prepare to serve, to fault. The language is a game as well, in which love can mean nothing, doubletalk mean lie. I'm saying doubletalk with me. I'm saying go so far the customs are untold. Make nothing without words, and let me be the one you never hold."

Jul 16, 2016

An amazing and wide-reaching collection.


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