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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 thPenguin 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....

Title : The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry
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ISBN : 9780143106432
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Number of Pages : 656 Pages
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The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry Reviews

  • Virginia Squier
    2019-05-21 22:51

    This is a beautiful book. I heard Dove interviewed by Bill Moyers, and immediately bought the book. I have been ending the day at school reading a poem twice. Not talking about it, as Dove requested, just reading it. The poems selected in the volume have a range and depth to them. Dove's notes on each author are helpful insights to the poems. I also have to comment on the physical beauty of the book. When I got it I walked it around my classroom and let the students feel each page, and feel the cover. This is what books used to feel like all the time, I told my class. Lucky for me, I have a class of readers, and they were all suitably impressed.

  • Chris Carithers
    2019-05-01 19:53

    Beautiful anthology. Dove's poems were some of my favorites. So many new discoveries.

  • Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
    2019-05-08 18:51

    If this was a perfect world, everyone would have this book on the bookshelf in one's family room. And an extra copy for every bedside table.Alas, this is not a perfect world and even if I beg you, even if I plead with you to make this purchase for your home, some will scoff and snort. "Poetry! Bah. Humbug."If you are not one of those people, the poetry nay-sayers, the people that make this a sadder world, trust me on this: This is the best poetry collection that exists on this planet.

  • Margie
    2019-05-12 16:47

    My caveat is that 20th century American poetry is neither my forte nor my favorite.However, I enjoyed this very much. Dove obviously spent a lot of time working to select the most appropriate pieces for the anthology. And although one might quibble with some of the choices, she did a good job of covering a lot of ground.

  • Garfield Whyte
    2019-04-29 20:06

    Very good read for poetry lovers. Nice collection, actually even if you are not the typical poetry lover, there is even one or two poems there for you. I loved "You can have it", "Poem about my Rights", "Populist Manifesto", to name a few.

  • Jason
    2019-05-01 17:08

    The cover in the picture is not the cover of my book. What a beautiful book! Well done all around. The selection is good, the spacing on the page is just right, and the book feels right in the hand too. It's so good a friend of mine pinched it!

  • Kyc
    2019-05-22 19:55

    No Allen Ginsberg, no Sylvia Plath. With one to six poems allocated to each poet, many are represented by just one or two pieces. Altogether over 170 poets.

  • Nick Ziegler
    2019-05-15 17:06

    This book is pretty much useless. I don't mean this to be flip or abusive toward Dove, but I'm having trouble understanding the intended audience. It's a conceptual problem.This is a long book which, after a short introduction that offers a synoptic view of American poetry in the context of 20th century history (stuff that even a poetry neophyte like me cannot subsist on alone -- can we have real criticism and insight?), consists of a bunch of unannotated, not-commented-upon poems. Poems which, as are their wont, are full of allusions (to past works, to contemporary events, to autobiographical happenings); poems with complex meters; poems that are in argument with their predecessors or contemporaries.The people who need an anthology are people who are trying to figure poetry out. These are the same people who would have no background on any of the things I listed above. Conversely, those who can get through a Wallace Stevens poem (let alone the untranslated Greek in Pound or not have to Google a translation of the epigram from Dante in Prufrock) unaided, needing no critical insight from an expert in the field to get a satisfying reading, are the sorts of people who don't really need an anthology. They probably own these poems already, and could supply the much-needed annotations themselves given time and motive.Reading through this has often been a bit like trying to find your way through a friend's house, at night. Sure, there are moments of familiarity, but overall you feel you're grasping at knobs that aren't there and stubbing your toe on unexpected walls.It's really a dereliction of the anthologist's duty to leave a volume like this. I shouldn't have to read next to my laptop (I can easily Google these poems and skip the book altogether!). Penguin puts out solid editions of, for instance, classic novels. This anthology could've included fewer poems, and more footnotes and critical introductions. It could've been assembled by a committee of scholars, rather than a lone poet.I recommend finding another entry point to these works; if not a book, Rap Genius might give you greater purchase.

  • Serena
    2019-04-26 19:49

    The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry edited by Rita Dove (listen to her NPR interview, where she talks about the anthology and provides advice for young poets) collects a few poems from some of the great poets at the the height of their craft between 1900 and 2000, and while Dove notes that some of the poets who were starting to emerge in the latter portion of the century may not be included, it is merely because the anthology had to have a cutoff point and those poets may have reached the height of their craft after 2000.Moreover, her introduction goes on to demonstrate the various turns in social movements throughout the United States and how poets and their poetry fit in with those historic changes, ranging — of course — from the backlash following the U.S. Civil War and the beginnings of WWI to the antiwar protests, the emergence of the feminist movement, and the struggle for civil rights. Each poet’s bio is included alongside samples of their work.Read the full review:

  • Tyler Jones
    2019-05-10 18:41

    It has taken me almost five years to read this. I've been picking it up every now and then, reading a few poems, and then letting it sit for a few weeks... A great experience which has introduced me to a lot of poets I was unfamiliar with.I know it has been taking some flack for the fact that it is so obviously one person's perspective, but I don't have problem with that at all. It is weighted, in the later years particularly, to poetry by women and minorities, but that only brings balance as the early part of the century was dominated by white men. Some have complained about the lack of certain poets (and I confess I was puzzled by the exclusion of Robert Penn Warren) but in the introduction Dove explains that exorbitant royalty fee demands resulted in some poems and poets (she specifically names Plath and Ginsberg) being left out. I don't have a problem with this either. It is ridiculous in my opinion to believe that any anthology can do more that collect some of the best. You want ALL the best in one book? Aint gonna happen. I'm afraid you have to do some of the leg work yourself.The introduction is a nice overview of poetry throughout the century.

  • Ryan
    2019-05-24 15:47

    I was definitely skeptical of this- I'm not a huge fan of Dove in general, and poetry anthologies are often collections of pedantic non-poems. This was a pleasant surprise. It includes real poets across a broad swath of the century, focusing on times and schools that deserve the attention. There are some places where I and others would disagree, of course, but you can't argue that she didn't work hard to include the greats. There are some strange decisions overall (Why include Corso and not Ginsberg? If Ginsberg is over-represented then why include Frost? How did she miss the entire Objectivist school, especially Zukofsky and Reznikoff?), but definitely well done considering the hurdles to such a project. One great way to enjoy the book is as a window into how poetry as a form has evolved. Reading Pound and Williams and then seeing how poets take the form and breathe life into it (Creeley) or kill it dead (Pinksy) is great fun.

  • Anna Keating
    2019-05-10 18:58

    Robert Haydn (Winter sundays)Donald HallW.s. MerwinW.H. Audene.e. CummingsJames Wright (Blessing)Richard Wilbur (The Writer)Frank O'HaraAnne Sexton (The Abortion)Gwendolyn Brooks (The Mother)T.S> EliotLangston HUghesPhilip LevineMary Oliver - Summer DayLucille CliftonYusef Komunyaka (Nude InterrogationAlbert Goldbarth - AwayLi Young LeeJames Weldon JOhnsonAmy LowellWilliam Carlos WilliamsTheodre RothkeEdna St. Vincent MillaySharon Olds (Janurary Daughter)Billy CollinsRobert Haas (Blackberry)Marie Howe (WHAT THE LIVING DO)

  • May
    2019-05-21 23:07

    So far, I'm a bit into it but try to read a poem per day.I love the Creation by James Weldon Johnson, stunningly lyrical, and of course Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening is lovely.I think it was brilliant to put Harlem in as well, it fits nicely.

  • Don
    2019-05-07 23:00

    How can you have an anthology of American poetry without Sylvia Plath?

  • Lance Schaubert
    2019-05-20 15:59

    Go here for review:

  • Victoria
    2019-05-24 21:58

    I made a good dent in this before having to return it to the library.

  • Elaine
    2019-05-10 19:00

    My only complaint with this anthology is that I wish it included more bio information on each poet and a bit about their style and what makes their poetry important.

  • Eliazar
    2019-05-02 19:02

    Cover to cover.

  • Janet
    2019-05-09 17:50

    An amazing and wide-reaching collection.

  • Miami University Libraries
    2019-04-27 20:56

    King Library (2nd floor) | PS613 .P47 2011

  • Joey Gamble
    2019-05-12 17:53

    An outstandingly curated exhibition of our last century in verse. Worth a read from front to back to front again and—maybe then—once more.