The Golden Treasury of the Best Songs and Lyrical Poems in the English Language

The Golden Treasury of the Best Songs and Lyrical Poems in the English Language

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Palgrave's intention in compiling his anthology in the 1860s was to collect the finest lyrical poems in the English language. The measure of his success is the great critical acclaim his volume won, and the fact that his name is still synonymous for many with English verse. This new edition of the anthology, the first for 30 years, provides insight into the changing landscape of English verse. A new section has been added to the volume consisting of post-World War II verse (thus including some names who also figured in the previous edition), which will introduce all of the significant practitioners of verse in Britain and Ireland. Fleur Adcock, Carol Ann Duffy, Douglas Dunn, Gavin Ewart, Tony Harrison, Seamus Heaney, Elizabeth Jennings, Derek Mahon, Sylvia Plath, Peter Porter, Carol Rumens, Anne Stevenson and Hugo Williams are among the names to figure in the book for the first time.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 714 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 43.18mm | 476.27g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 6th Revised edition
  • 0192823159
  • 9780192823151

About Francis Turner Palgrave

About the Author: Francis Turner Palgrave is a poet, translator, editor, and anthologist. He is was the editor of the fifth edition of The Golden Treasury thirty years ago.show more

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It hardly needs me to recommend Palgrave's Golden Treasury. First published 130 years ago in a cautious edition of 2000 copies, it has since sold millions and become a favourite choice for that mythical desert island (where A N Wilson, for example, would keep it alongside his one luxury, a dinner-jacket). Familiar as these lyric poems are, they can never stale - and are made all the more interesting by Christopher Ricks's brilliant edition. He has unobtrusively restored poems dropped between editions, supplied notes and an acute history of the book's compilation, so that it is both a classic and a study in the variety of Tennysonian taste which produced it. (Kirkus UK)show more

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