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Scanning the Century: The Penguin Book of the Twentieth Century in Poetry

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Drawing on poetry written in English and on European poetry in translation, this anthology tells the story of the 20th century in verse - primarily the story of world events but also of social changes, technical developments, and ways of thinking and behaving.
Paperback, 640 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Trafalgar Square Publishing (first published 1999)
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A wide-ranging anthology of the past century's poetry, including lots of poems in translation. Few of these, I'm sorry to say, work; poetry doesn't lend itself well to translation, even if the translator is himself a poet. However, there are riches enow among the English poetry on display here.

The poems are grouped under different subject headings and chronologically under each heading. The subjects are also grouped in rough chronological order. This seems to be a reasonable way to proceed, but
Jan 13, 2013 Sara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, not-finished
Not enough poetry, lots of events--poems without much poetry in them. Carol Ann Duffy has 5 poems, beat only by WH Auden and Louise MacNeice. These are newspaper articles.
And I won't ever read all of it, because reading bad poetry makes me write badly.
Two stars because there are a lot of poems and some of them very good; but as an anthology, one star. (A lot of poems, but, again, not enough poetry.)
Avian Dewanto
May 25, 2008 Avian Dewanto rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all of you
I am a poet lover. And, this book is a collection of the world class' poetry writers want to explain how was things happen in the 20th century. Of course, a poet can express all human imagination end expression. I don't think how many books will publish to describe what happen in a century. Reminds me of a book named Quran which explain the beginning of time until the end.

Jun 23, 2010 Roshan rated it really liked it
Took me nearly 5 years to read this, a few poems at a time. But so worth it!
Aug 04, 2012 Josephine rated it it was amazing

my all time favourite poetry anthology!
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