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

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No century in the evolution of poetry in English ever had 175 poets worth reading, so why are we being asked to sample so many poets of little or no lasting value?
-The New York Review of Books

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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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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Feb 12 2017

This book is sure to become an important resource for those interested in poetry, and especially students, for decades to come.

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The Rumpus

Good
Reviewed by BARBARA BERMAN on Mar 31 2012

It is clear from Dove’s introduction to the anthology, and from her selections, that she just wanted an engaging, informative, high -quality collection. She succeeded.

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The New York Review of Books

Below average
Reviewed by Helen Vendler on Nov 24 2011

No century in the evolution of poetry in English ever had 175 poets worth reading, so why are we being asked to sample so many poets of little or no lasting value?

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Reviewed by MICHAEL LEONG on Dec 23 2011

Rita Dove’s new Penguin anthology has made Amazon’s “Best Books of 2011” list; while the “bestness” of the book is dubious to say the least, the Dove anthology is surely part of the “best” or at least most notable literary controversies of 2011.

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