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The Giant Book of Poetry
The Giant Book of Poetry is an illustrated anthology of over 575 poems, more than 750 pages and over 60 illustrations representing ancient, classical, modern, and contemporary time periods along with a good selection of English translations of world poets. Footnotes include notes on form, definitions for unusual words, and hints on interpretation. The book includes an introduction by the editor and an appendix covering poetry meter, as well as indexes by author, title, subject, source language, and first line. The publisher is also releasing an audio CD version of the book and the book includes an index pointing from each poem to the corresponding audio CD and track, and an index pointing from each audio CD and track to the corresponding poem location in the book.
A major collection for home and study
By D. Y.
- March 7, 2006
Five hundred and sixty poems give a very wide-ranging overview. Poems old and new include many standards and favorites, and are sure to introduce you to many new favorites as well. It certainly includes a lot of mine, such as Persimmons by Li-Young Lee.
The selection is sophisticated enough to be an introductory textbook, but also very accessible for the home, with plenty of aids such as notes on each poem, an explanation of meter, and something I wish a lot more anthologies had: a subject index.
If you're going to have one collection of poetry--or at least a first collection--this could be it.? And if you really want to relish it, the leather-bound edition does look tempting.
Additional note:? The publisher has also produced a set of CDs that include many of the poems from the book, read by a variety of voices. With matching cover designs, the book and CDs make a whole set for the budding poetry enthusiast.
Reviewed by Barb Radmore
By A Customer
- February 24, 2007
The feature that must be mentioned first is that this book is aptly named. It is truly a "giant book of poetry". At 640 pages it is packed solid with pure poetry in all its beautiful manifestations. They cover the work of poets born in time spanning time from around 4,000 BC to 1984. They were chosen with no specific criteria except that the editor liked the poem. Luckily for the reader William Roetzheim has widely varied tastes so there is something for everyone in this anthology.
The introduction of the book and the appendix are both devoted to educating the reader as to the type and role of poetic meter . Roetzheim is able to clearly explain the styles that make up the many types of poems included in his book. It is a well described education for anyone who is unfamiliar with the components of poetry and how they are used..
What sets this book aside from other poetry anthologies, besides sheer volume, is the editor's personal comments and asides in the... read more
A 750-page anthology of some of the most important poems and poets of all time
By Midwest Book Review
- March 2, 2006
Simple black-and-white illustrations add a rustic touch to The Giant Book Of Poetry, a 750-page anthology of some of the most important poems and poets of all time. Spanning an immense spread of authors, from an anonymous poet writing in 4000 BC to familiar names such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, and many more, The Giant Book Of Poetry is truly a moving compendium ideal for the library of any poetry lover. An extremely comprehensive index of the poems by title, subject, and first line allow for quick and easy lookup of a favorite verse. Jokun: Ah! I intended / never never to grow old... / Listen: New Year's Bell!
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