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Penguin Book Of Women Poets [Paperback]

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April 23 1986 Penguin Poets
Collection of poetry written by women which spans 3500 years and forty different literary traditions.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless poetry Sept. 1 2007
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This splendid volume contains the work of many women poets from ancient times to the 20th century. The English versions of poems from other languages have been translated by a wide range of poets, scholars and professional translators. Some are in free verse, others in metrical and rhymed verse and others preserve the formal pattern of the originals. All of them succeed as fine poems in English.

The poems are arranged chronologically, thereby demonstrating some worldwide trends such as the devotional poetry of the 12th to 16th centuries that was surprisingly universal, for example the work of the Indian poets Mahadeviyakka and Mira Bai, the Dutch mystic Hadewijch and Saint Theresa of Avila. The chapters are:

The Ancient World, which includes work from ancient Egypt, the Song of Deborah, and poetry from Rome, China, India and Greece, including poems by Sappho.

The Middle Period 600 - 1500, including Sanskrit, Arabic, Byzantine, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Dutch and French poetry.

The Renaissance and its Contemporaries 1500 - 1800, amongst which my favorites are Louise Labe of France, St Theresa, Mira Bai, Queen Elizabeth I, Sor Juana de la Cruz and Anne Bradstreet.

The 19th Century, which includes Emily Bronte, Emily Dickinson and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

By far the most extensive section, The 20th Century includes poems by Anna Akhmatova (Russia), Amrita Pritam (India), Ingrid Jonker (South Africa: Afrikaans), Getrude Stein, Denise Levertov, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Margaret Atwood and Stevie Smith.

There is an appendix titled Acknowledgements To Authors, Translators and Publishers which is a bibliography of works in copyright, and the volume concludes with an index of authors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A world- wide sampling of women's poetry March 17 2012
By Shalom Freedman - Published on Amazon.com
This book is a wide-ranging selection of poetry written by women from ancient times through the twentieth century. It begins with Ancient Egypt, Ancient Israel and has poems from Greece, China, Ireland, Wales, England, Arabia, India, Germany , Japan, Korea,Spain, Netherlands. The Renaissance section focus has poems from France Italy, India, Korea, Italy and others. The modern section has poems from over twenty countries. I focused on my reading on writers whose work I best know, with occasional readings of new poems I happened to come across which look interesting. I was most happy to see a poem of the great Hebrew Israeli poetess Rachel, a poem in Yiddish of Kadya Molodowsky. There are only four poems of the poet who is arguably the greatest woman poet of all time, Emily Dickinson, and these are not among her best. I found in some of the other selections also that the poems selected were not those which in my judgment are the best work of the writer in question. But I would not want to quibble with this work which makes a truly noble effort to give a world- wide sampling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient to modern Oct. 17 2007
By Pieter Uys - Published on Amazon.com
This anthology contains the work of women poets from ancient times to the 20th century. The English versions of poems from other languages have been translated by a wide range of poets, scholars and professional translators. Some are in free verse, others in metrical and rhymed verse and some preserve the formal pattern of the originals. All of them succeed as fine poems in English.

The poems are arranged chronologically, thereby revealing some worldwide trends such as the devotional poetry of the 12th to 16th centuries that was surprisingly universal, for example the work of the Indian poets Mahadeviyakka and Mira Bai, the Dutch mystic Hadewijch and Saint Theresa of Avila.

The chapters are:

The Ancient World, which includes work from ancient Egypt, the Song of Deborah, and poetry from Rome, China, India and Greece, including poems by Sappho.

The Middle Period 600 - 1500, including Sanskrit, Arabic, Byzantine, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Dutch and French poetry.

The Renaissance and its Contemporaries 1500 - 1800, amongst which my favorites are Louise Labe of France, St Theresa, Mira Bai, Queen Elizabeth I, Sor Juana de la Cruz and Anne Bradstreet.

The 19th Century, which includes Emily Bronte, Emily Dickinson and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

By far the most extensive section, The 20th Century includes poems by Anna Akhmatova (Russia), Amrita Pritam (India), Ingrid Jonker (South Africa: Afrikaans), Getrude Stein, Denise Levertov, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Margaret Atwood and Stevie Smith.

There is an appendix titled Acknowledgements To Authors, Translators and Publishers which is a bibliography of works in copyright, and the volume concludes with an index of authors.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Women Poets March 13 2009
By Kari Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I used this text in a university course and really loved it. Now, my daughter is using it as a supplement to her homeschooling literature course. This collection has a lot to offer, from the ancient texts to the 20th century and many poets in between, a literary glimpse into the development of our cultures. It is a great place to start!
4.0 out of 5 stars Women Poets Feb. 19 2014
By R. R, Castillo - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a marvelous collection from all over the world, dating back before Sappho--and that's going some! Translations are clear, verses all readable, with occasional eclectic choices of the poets' works.
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Poetry Sept. 1 2007
By Pieter Uys - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This splendid volume contains the work of many women poets from ancient times to the 20th century. The English versions of poems from other languages have been translated by a wide range of poets, scholars and professional translators. Some are in free verse, others in metrical and rhymed verse and others preserve the formal pattern of the originals. All of them succeed as fine poems in English.

The poems are arranged chronologically, thereby demonstrating some worldwide trends such as the devotional poetry of the 12th to 16th centuries that was surprisingly universal, for example the work of the Indian poets Mahadeviyakka and Mira Bai, the Dutch mystic Hadewijch and Saint Theresa of Avila. The chapters are:

The Ancient World, which includes work from ancient Egypt, the Song of Deborah, and poetry from Rome, China, India and Greece, including poems by Sappho.

The Middle Period 600 - 1500, including Sanskrit, Arabic, Byzantine, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Dutch and French poetry.

The Renaissance and its Contemporaries 1500 - 1800, amongst which my favorites are Louise Labe of France, St Theresa, Mira Bai, Queen Elizabeth I, Sor Juana de la Cruz and Anne Bradstreet.

The 19th Century, which includes Emily Bronte, Emily Dickinson and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

By far the most extensive section, The 20th Century includes poems by Anna Akhmatova (Russia), Amrita Pritam (India), Ingrid Jonker (South Africa: Afrikaans), Getrude Stein, Denise Levertov, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Margaret Atwood and Stevie Smith.

There is an appendix titled Acknowledgements To Authors, Translators and Publishers which is a bibliography of works in copyright, and the volume concludes with an index of authors.
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