The Best Poems of the English Language
From Chaucer Through FrostBook - 2004
A collection of key works of English language poetry encompasses works that have been written over the course of six centuries and shares some of the selector's critical reflections from the past half century.
The great critic presents his personal selection, with commentary, of the finest poems in the English language.
This comprehensive anthology attempts to give the common reader possession of six centuries of great British and American poetry. The book features a large introductory essay by Harold Bloom called "The Art of Reading Poetry," which presents his critical reflections of more than half a century devoted to the reading, teaching, and writing about the literary achievement he loves most. In the case of all major poets in the language, this volume offers either the entire range of what is most valuable in their work, or vital selections that illuminate each figure's contribution. There are also headnotes by Harold Bloom to every poet in the volume as well as to the most important individual poems. Much more than any other anthology ever gathered, this book provides readers who desire the pleasures of a sublime art with very nearly everything they need in a single volume. It also is regarded by its editor as his final meditation upon all those who have formed his mind.
Blackwell North Amer
The Best Poems of the English Language is a comprehensive anthology that offers the reader possession of six centuries of great British and American poetry.
The vast scope of this anthology begins with Chaucer and ends with poets whose births predate 1900. Harold Bloom has culled his selection according to his three absolute criteria: aesthetic splendor, intellectual power, and wisdom.
Featured in this volume is a substantial and significant introductory essay called "The Art of Reading Poetry." This essay presents Bloom's critical reflections on more than a half century devoted to reading, teaching, and writing about the literary achievement he loves best, and conveys his passionate concern for how a poem should be interpreted and appreciated. Throughout this anthology, Bloom includes extensive introductions to each poet and to many of the individual poems. In such commentaries, Bloom guides the reader through what is most relevant for a true understanding of the more than one hundred poets selected.
A collection of key works of English-language poetry, selected by a Yale professor and the author of Genius, encompasses works that have been written over the course of six centuries and shares some of the selector's critical reflections from the past half century. 75,000 first printing.