A Little Anthology
by John Carey
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Pub Date 26 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 25 Oct 2021
Yale University Press, London, Yale University Press
"Does anyone know more about poetry than John Carey? Almost certainly not."—The Times
A poem seems a fragile thing. Change a word and it is broken. But poems outlive empires and survive the devastation of conquests. Celebrated author John Carey here presents a uniquely valuable anthology of verse based on a simple principle: select the one-hundred greatest poets from across the centuries, and then choose their finest poems.
Ranging from Homer and Sappho to Donne and Milton, Plath and Angelou, this is a delightful and accessible introduction to the very best that poetry can offer. Familiar favorites are nestled alongside marvelous new discoveries—all woven together with Carey’s expert commentary. Particular attention is given to the works of female poets, like Christina Rossetti and Charlotte Mew. This is a personal guide to the poetry that shines brightest through the ages. Within its pages, readers will find treasured poems that remain with you for life.
“Reading this book and its galaxy of poets is like looking up at the sky and seeing the whole wheeling and constellated universe.”—Daljit Nagra, author of Look We Have Coming to Dover!
A 2021 UK National Poetry Day recommended read
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Average rating from 20 members
A short book that includes complete poems or shorter extracts from 100 poets, from Sappho and Homer to Seamus Heaney and Maya Angelou. It’s the perfect companion to John Carey’s A Little History of Poetry. Each poet’s entry comes with a few paragraphs of detail to help contextualise the work, and the briefness of the entries makes the book readable and accessible, rather than dense and intimidating, and it’s perfect for dipping in and out of.
This would make a fantastic retirement present or a gift for an undergraduate student of literature. The brief introduction to each poet helps the reader to contextualise each extract. The range of poets is reasonably diverse, but focuses on the established "canon". It covers an impressive breadth of history.
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