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Anthology of Modern American Poetry contains more than 750 poems by 161 American poets, including many who have not been anthologized before. Spanning a period from Walt Whitman to Sherman Alexie, this collection is the first to review the twentieth century comprehensively. It presents not only the canonical poetry of the last hundred years but also numerous poems by women Anthology of Modern American Poetry contains more than 750 poems by 161 American poets, including many who have not been anthologized before. Spanning a period from Walt Whitman to Sherman Alexie, this collection is the first to review the twentieth century comprehensively. It presents not only the canonical poetry of the last hundred years but also numerous poems by women, minority, and progressive writers only rediscovered in the past two decades. Uniquely comprehensive, Anthology of Modern American Poetry represents Robert Frost with 23 poems, Wallace Stevens with 22, and Marianne Moore with 14, including her most ambitious long poems. William Carlos Williams is represented not only by his exquisite short lyrics, but also with an experimental combination of poetry and prose. With 29 poems, Langston Hughes is given full treatment for the first time in any comprehensive anthology. Substantial selections by contemporary poets like John Ashbery, Sylvia Plath, Frank O'Hara, Philip Levine, Lucille Clifton, Judy Grahn, Adrian Louis, Yusef Komunyakaa, Martin Espada, and Sherman Alexie are also included. Anthology of Modern American Poetry is the first anthology to give full treatment to American long poems and poem sequences. T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, Gertrude Stein's "Patriarchal Poetry," William Carlos Williams's The Descent of Winter, Edna St. Vincent Millay's "Sonnets from an Ungrafted Tree," Muriel Rukeyser's "The Book of the Dead," Melvin Tolson's Libretto for the Republic of Liberia, Theodore Roethke's "North American Sequence," Gwendolyn Brooks's "Gay Chaps at the Bar," Kenneth Rexroth's "The Love Poems of Marichiko," both Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" and his "Wichita Vortex Sutra," and both Adrienne Rich's "Shooting Script" and her "Twenty-One Love Poems" are all included in their entirety. Anthology of Modern American Poetry offers the most detailed annotations available in an anthology of this type. Many works benefit from specially commissioned research that provides students with such help as the identification of the inventive references in Melvin Tolson's poetry, translation of all foreign language passages, and illumination of obscure references. This is also the only American poetry anthology to present selected poems in the beautifully illustrated form in which they first appeared. In addition, an accompanying website featuring readings of poems and historical background is available at http: //www.english.uiuc.edu/maps. Ideal for courses in modern American poetry, modern American literature, modern or contemporary poetry, creative writing-poetry, and American studies, Anthology of Modern American Poetry introduces students to the last 100 years of our poetic heritage in a uniquely rich and provocative format."


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Anthology of Modern American Poetry contains more than 750 poems by 161 American poets, including many who have not been anthologized before. Spanning a period from Walt Whitman to Sherman Alexie, this collection is the first to review the twentieth century comprehensively. It presents not only the canonical poetry of the last hundred years but also numerous poems by women Anthology of Modern American Poetry contains more than 750 poems by 161 American poets, including many who have not been anthologized before. Spanning a period from Walt Whitman to Sherman Alexie, this collection is the first to review the twentieth century comprehensively. It presents not only the canonical poetry of the last hundred years but also numerous poems by women, minority, and progressive writers only rediscovered in the past two decades. Uniquely comprehensive, Anthology of Modern American Poetry represents Robert Frost with 23 poems, Wallace Stevens with 22, and Marianne Moore with 14, including her most ambitious long poems. William Carlos Williams is represented not only by his exquisite short lyrics, but also with an experimental combination of poetry and prose. With 29 poems, Langston Hughes is given full treatment for the first time in any comprehensive anthology. Substantial selections by contemporary poets like John Ashbery, Sylvia Plath, Frank O'Hara, Philip Levine, Lucille Clifton, Judy Grahn, Adrian Louis, Yusef Komunyakaa, Martin Espada, and Sherman Alexie are also included. Anthology of Modern American Poetry is the first anthology to give full treatment to American long poems and poem sequences. T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, Gertrude Stein's "Patriarchal Poetry," William Carlos Williams's The Descent of Winter, Edna St. Vincent Millay's "Sonnets from an Ungrafted Tree," Muriel Rukeyser's "The Book of the Dead," Melvin Tolson's Libretto for the Republic of Liberia, Theodore Roethke's "North American Sequence," Gwendolyn Brooks's "Gay Chaps at the Bar," Kenneth Rexroth's "The Love Poems of Marichiko," both Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" and his "Wichita Vortex Sutra," and both Adrienne Rich's "Shooting Script" and her "Twenty-One Love Poems" are all included in their entirety. Anthology of Modern American Poetry offers the most detailed annotations available in an anthology of this type. Many works benefit from specially commissioned research that provides students with such help as the identification of the inventive references in Melvin Tolson's poetry, translation of all foreign language passages, and illumination of obscure references. This is also the only American poetry anthology to present selected poems in the beautifully illustrated form in which they first appeared. In addition, an accompanying website featuring readings of poems and historical background is available at http: //www.english.uiuc.edu/maps. Ideal for courses in modern American poetry, modern American literature, modern or contemporary poetry, creative writing-poetry, and American studies, Anthology of Modern American Poetry introduces students to the last 100 years of our poetic heritage in a uniquely rich and provocative format."

54 review for Anthology of Modern American Poetry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Heather Preston

    My second-favorite textbook of all time

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    Well, I didn't read every single poem in this book, but I read quite a few of them and used the book to teach. This is a really well put together anthology, with wonderful poetry, good introductions/biographies, and good paper. That last may sound silly, but compared to the Norton anthologies and others I've used, this paper is sturdy. Those other anthologies use paper that is like tissue paper, which is annoying and hard to write on (though it does, of course, cut down on the weight of those bo Well, I didn't read every single poem in this book, but I read quite a few of them and used the book to teach. This is a really well put together anthology, with wonderful poetry, good introductions/biographies, and good paper. That last may sound silly, but compared to the Norton anthologies and others I've used, this paper is sturdy. Those other anthologies use paper that is like tissue paper, which is annoying and hard to write on (though it does, of course, cut down on the weight of those books); this anthology has paper that won't tear when you turn the page and that a mere pencil-stroke won't rip right through. The only reason this anthology gets less than five stars from me is the absence of June Jordan. I fail to see how an anthology of modern American poetry, especially one that values the tradition of political poetry, can overlook June Jordan.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    For anyone new to poetry, or a love of all things poetic, this collection is great to dabble with while drinking a nice cup of tea.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Matthew M.

    This anthology edited by Cary Nelson was used in my fall '07 seminar, "Modernism, Modernity, and Capitalism," with professor Ruth Jenison at UMass Amherst. While I normally don't gravitate towards anthologies, Nelson's care provided a much needed reading experience in modern poetry. This anthology edited by Cary Nelson was used in my fall '07 seminar, "Modernism, Modernity, and Capitalism," with professor Ruth Jenison at UMass Amherst. While I normally don't gravitate towards anthologies, Nelson's care provided a much needed reading experience in modern poetry.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    Of all poetry anthologies, I have found this one to be the best. It is the most comprehensive edition of Modern American Poetry that I have encountered.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Joey Gamble

    Excellent selection of poets, but the worst notes I've ever seen. Excellent selection of poets, but the worst notes I've ever seen.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dr. Barrett Dylan Brown, Phd

    Specifically I want to Read: "The Dreamer Who Forgot How to Dream and the Lover Who Forgot How to Love" ~ by Chains... I think it is in here _Somewhere_ ... <3 93/93 Specifically I want to Read: "The Dreamer Who Forgot How to Dream and the Lover Who Forgot How to Love" ~ by Chains... I think it is in here _Somewhere_ ... <3 93/93

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    A good anthology, especially if you are looking for something different from Norton. Also lots of interesting extras on the companion site.

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