From School Library Journal
YA-- A chronological compilation that tells "the story of poetry in English." Harmon enhances each entry with pertinent information about the work and the poet; his insight adds much to the enjoyment of the collection. The selections are taken from the ninth edition of The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry , chosen because 400 contemporary editors, critics, and poets included them most often in their own anthologies. "The Poems in Order of Popularity" concludes the book. Easy-to-read print with a look of fine calligraphy on high-quality paper add to the appeal.- Arlene Hoebel, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
If your library can buy only one volume of poetry, let this be it.
The Top 500 Poems is intriguing in concept and management, and most of us will want to own it. And for this we are grateful.
(Gwendolyn Brooks, poet)
A revealing snapshot of one aspect of Western civilization, even including a list of the poems in order of popularity.
(Globe and Mail
The merriest poetry anthology of the past decade.... It's everything from 'Sumer is icumen in' to Sylvia Plath's 'Daddy' with terse, plain, and rather wonderful commentary by Harmon.
It is rare indeed to come across a book in which wisdom and love come together as powerfully as they do for William Harmon.
(John Frederick Nims, coauthor of Western Wind: An Introduction to Poetry