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100 Great Poems of the Twentieth Century

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I o really like anthologies yet overall this collection was okay I must mention there were a handful of exceptional poems that stood out among the mediocre *and the painful to read Two I enjoyed were Hart Crane s My Grandmother s Love * the painful to read Two I enjoyed were Hart Crane s My Grandmother s Love and In The Waiting Room by Elizabeth Bishop just to name a couple off the top "and In The Waiting Room by Elizabeth Bishop just to name a couple off the top my head I really liked the concept a poet sharing his favorite poems but was a little African Literature 9 disappointed by Strand s choices which resulted in a pretty standard greats selection I read pretty much everyhting here before and most of them weren t my favorites even within the corpus of the individual poets represented I think that it is really hard to make a good poetry anthology because poetry is so personal a single poem will strike a chord with one person while it makes no sense to another If this was the top 100 poems of the twentieth century then the twentieth century left something to be Alien Conquest desired in my opinion However because I found one or two complete gems in the anthology that I will read over and over I gave it three stars Strand explains at the beginning that heid not try to select the greatest poems nor to rank them but was trying to gather an internat If a poetry anthology can be considered politically correct you ve got your volumeand that is what was wrong with it in my opinion I went for this book because poet Mark Strand edited it He Secrets of the TEAS® Exam Study Guide died recently and I had gone to the library to get books of his poetry which were not available When Iescribe what I perceive as flaws in this book it might not be the same for someone else Strand would chose a poet from sayRussia and then pick their one poem that runs five pages This happens several ti It really should have been titled 100 Poems for Snobs Most of the poems eal with. Accounting for the great range of style and content with which poets such as W H Auden Dylan Thomas Federico García Lorca Rainer Maria Rilke William Butler Yeats Pablo Neruda and Jorge Luis Borges responded to the changes and challenges of the twentieth century 100 Great Poems of. ,

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Vorites includedThings I Poetry really isn t my thing but at least I tried This was kind of meh The author has a bad case of American exceptionalism in the introduction he basically says I had to limit the number of American poems to 50% of the book because America has produced an astonishing number of excellent poets and I thought of course you think that YOU RE AMERICAN There were several poems I really enjoyed several that made me think many that I thought were okay some that were utterly incomprehensible to me I Conjure In African American Society did enjoy reading poems fromifferent cultures on Womens Political Activism in Palestine different events of the twentieth century A veryifferent personal and stimulating anthology of 20th century poetry One poem per author makes this a guide to great poets rather than poems The usual suspects known to English language poetry readers like me are here "Yeats Eliot Pound Auden Stevens Williams etc and also the most famous non "Eliot Pound Auden Stevens Williams etc and also the most famous non language poets Rilke Neruda Lorca et al The istinctive feature of the anthology is that Strand usually chooses lesser known works he has a good spread of mid to late 20th century American poets and above all he chooses poets *I Know Only A * know only a only by reputation or not at all Pessoa Amichi Prevert Szymbovska and many others In other words this is a very broad introduction to international 20th century poetry One caveat it covers poetry from Europe and the Americas but not Africa or Asia The most prominent theme is reflection on eath ageing and impermanence and the recurrent style is expressionist and imagistic This too makes this a uite The alphas abused mate distinctive collection with pervasive sense of the sober and sombre The uality of the poetry is uneven but there is much to enjoy and it is hard to imagine the reader who won t also find much toiscover. Ges I went into the neon fruit supermarket Word Alchemy dreaming of your enumerations is echoed by other remarkable poets in this international collection of exciting and moving poems that are alike not in their length or for their status as seminal texts but because they are impossible to forg. Death Andeal it to The Black Renaissance in Francophone African and Caribbean Literatures death in longrawn out mind numbing waysMark Strand said that the majority of the poets for this selection had to be born before 1927 I m waysMark Strand said that the majority of the poets for this selection had to be born before 1927 I m good at math but An Endless Lie didn t the twentieth century go on for much longer than 1927As soon as I saw this bookidn t have any e e cummings or Charles Bukowski I should have just immediately given it back to the library Very few of these poems moved me in any way except for yawning The best poem is one by Odgen Nash called Very Like a Whale which made fun of poets and their use and abuse of metaphor and simileThis is NOT the book to give someone to try to turn them on to poetry Poetry critics would like it However "A Poetry Critic Has Different Criteria For "poetry critic has ifferent criteria for poem than the average reader And the average reader is going to find this every off puttingGoing to avoid anything edited by Mark Strand from now on Might check out some 20th century Greek poets though I love poetry and have a century Greek poets though I love poetry and have a weakness for anthologies 100 Great Poems is a rather tall promise to make in the book s title and indeed the collection oesn t uite live up to that promise One strength of the collection is that it contains a nice range of poetry from around the world and not just English poets However the poems selected are uneven some uite good some barely poetry at all and few that I would call greatI think the editor was trying to find lesser known poems and poets though some big names are included There s a very very heavy bias toward free form poetry which might be an indication of poetry trends in the 20th century or the editor s taste I m not sure whichI id find a few poems I really enjoyed in the anthology and I hadn t read a single poem from this anthology before so it certainly wasn t just the same usual setMy fa. The Twentieth Century is intended as both a uniue compendium for the already well versed and as an engaging introduction for those new to the expansive world of poetry Alan Ginsberg's struggle What thoughts I have of you tonight Walt WhitmanIn my hungry fatigue and shopping for ima.