The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry by Rita Dove

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Penguin proudly presents an unparalleled survey of the best poems of the past century.

Rita Dove, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former U .S. Poet Laureate, introduces readers to the most significant and compelling poems of the past hundred years. Selecting from the canon of American poetry throughout the twentieth century, Dove has created an anthology that represents the full spectrum of aesthetic sensibilities-from styles and voices to themes and cultures-while balancing important poems with significant periods of each poet. Featuring poems both classic and contemporary, this collection reflects both a dynamic and cohesive portrait of modern American poetry and outlines its trajectory over the past century.

 

About Rita Dove

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Rita Dove is an award-winning poet, former U .S. Poet Laureate, and Presidential Scholar. She has published numerous volumes of poetry, fiction, plays, and essays. She is Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where she lives with her husband, the writer Fred Viebahn.
 
Published October 25, 2011 by Penguin Books. 656 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Former U.S. Poet Laureate Dove takes a fresh look at the cannon of 20th-century American poetry in this hefty anthology. Dove by no means seeks to include an example of every kind of poem written duri

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rather, as she poetically says in her introduction, she picked “the poems I see emblazoned on pennants along the road we have just traversed.” Later she writes, “This is the proper moment to look back—after the first decade of the twenty-first century has given us the illusion of distance...

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The New York Review of Books

Rita Dove, a recent poet laureate (1993–1995), has decided, in her new anthology of poetry of the past century, to shift the balance, introducing more black poets and giving them significant amounts of space, in some cases more space than is given to better-known authors.

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The Kenyon Review

In the case of a book like The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry, however, the expectation is that of a scholarly anthology.

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Ladies' Home Journal

And that is the principal reason I welcome Rita Dove’s new American poetry collection—The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry (656 pages, $40 hardbound)—to keep me up to date on those poets whose work may have been overlooked in earlier collections and others whose work might n...

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