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First Loves: Poets Introduce the Essential Poems That Captivated and Inspired Them

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  47 ratings  ·  3 reviews
A collection of poems selected by poets as those that first inspired them includes timeless favorites and insightful essays by Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners including Roethke, Pinsky, and Heaney.
Hardcover, 268 pages
Published April 10th 2000 by Scribner Book Company (first published January 1st 2000)
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Mar 29, 2007 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes any kind of poetry
About 70 contemporary poets explain their
connection with one particular poem that
turned each on to poetry. The first-loved
poets range from Shakespeare to Rodgers &
Hart, with some getting the nod more than
once. But only one poem is cited more
than once:"Jabberwocky" rang the bell for
two modern poets.
Denis Collins
This is a very enjoyable read. it is always interesting to read what other people really like. In this case you also get to read the poems they first fell in love with. It is one of those books you can dip in and out of and it makes sense. You will also find yourself reciting the poems you know. It should also prompt you to remember the first poem you fell in love with. Go on try it out.
I didn't care about every poet, nor did I care about every poem chosen. But reading many of the essays was completely delightful. And it was nice to have someone knowledgeable explain to me why I should care about Hart Crane or confirm for me that Yeats was such a jerk but so undeniably good.
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Carmela Ciuraru is not a pseudonym. Her anthologies include First Loves: Poets Introduce the Essential Poems That Captivated and Inspired Them (Scribner) and Solitude Poems (Alfred A. Knopf/Everyman’s Library). A graduate of Columbia University’s Journalism School, she is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and PEN American Center. She has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles T ...more
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