The Great Modern Poets

The Great Modern Poets : The Best Poetry of Our Times

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"The Great Modern Poets" is the perfect introduction to the twentieth and twenty-first century poets and their best poetry. Over 100 complete and unabridged poems are accompanied by a concise text that provides insight, observations, and a historical context for each poet and their more

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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 185 x 265mm
  • Quercus Publishing
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 50 b&w illustrations
  • 1905204701
  • 9781905204700
  • 859,268

About Michael Schmidt

Michael Schmidt is Professor of English Literature at Glasgow University. He also runs the important poetry publisher, Carcanet Press, and is the author of The Story of Poetry and The First more

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Thomas Hardy A. E. Housman Rudyard Kipling W. B. Yeats Charlotte Mew Robert Frost Edward Thomas Wallace Stevens William Carlos Williams D. H. Lawrence Ezra Pound Robinson Jeffers Marianne Moore T. S. Eliot Hugh MacDiarmid Edna St Vincent Millay Wilfred Owen E. E. Cummings Robert Graves Allen Tate Laura Riding Langston Hughes W. H. Auden A. D. Hope Elizabeth Bishop C. H. Sisson Dylan Thomas Robert Lowell W. S. Graham Keith Douglas Edwin Morgan Donald Davie Philip Larkin James K. Baxter Allen Ginsberg Frank O'Hara John Ashbery Thomas Kinsella Thom Gunn Adrienne Rich Ted Hughes Derek Walcott Geoffey Hill Sylvia Plath Les Murray Seamus Heaney Eavan Boland Jorie Graham Andrew Motion Carol Ann Duffyshow more

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<a href="" target="_blank">Michael Schmidt</a>'s new anthology of the "essential poems" of the great modern poets (Hardy, Housman, Yeats, Kipling, Frost, Larkin, Ginsperg, Sylvia Plath and many others) is noteworthy not simply for its judicious and catholic selection. This is also a remarkably handsome book both in design and presentation (it would make a lovely gift for any poetry lover). Each poet's work is here preceded by a stunning black and white photograph of the poet, and a page-long, always compelling and beautifully written short introduction to the life and work by Schmidt himself (the editorial director of <a href="">Carcanet Press</a>, the General Editor of poetry magazine <em>PN Review</em>, the Professor of Poetry at Glasgow University, and a very decent poet in his own right). Certainly, Schmidt's own interest in the modernist masters has shaped this selection (great to see CH Sisson, John Ashbery and Geoffrey Hill each here), and who one leaves out or deems worthy of inclusion is, implicitly, the argument that any anthology is making. But whilst it would not be too difficult to argue with the publishers that this is "<strong>the</strong> perfect introduction to the best poems written since the start of the twentieth century", it is certainly a wonderful entry point and very much to be more
by Mark Thwaite
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