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.(Booklist)
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.(Buffalo News)
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) See all Product Description
First, I must say that this book is essential to any poety lover's collection; however, I have seen and read bits of other- much older, however- collections of poetry that contain... Read morePublished on June 19 2003
I like to buy this book as a present for people I like because I know I can hardly go wrong. (Forget the Godiva chocolates or the Heitz Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon: this will... Read morePublished on March 13 2001 by Dennis Littrell
Me gusto mucho este libro, prestamo que me hizo una amiga por un par de meses, no los lei todos claro, ni me agradaron todos, pero me gusto encontrar el ritmo de la poesia inglesa. Read morePublished on June 12 2000 by Luis Méndez
Harmon's collection is not meant as an academic text, but rather an anthology of best loved poems for your reading enjoyment. If you want a text book, buy a textbook. Read morePublished on March 27 2000
If you're looking for a book to study with, you probably shouldn't go for this one--as other reviewers have pointed out, it doesn't have footnotes or numbered lines. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2000
I'm very disappointed with this editor. I bought the book as a present for someone who knows nothing of English poetry. Read morePublished on Dec 24 1999
This compilation is wonderful. The poems range from some early anonymous rhymes and songs to interesting selections from the great poets of the English language in the 18th and... Read morePublished on Sept. 2 1999