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This welcome two-volume reissue of John Wain's classic anthologies celebrates four centuries of English poetry from the Elizabethan era to the present.
Beginning with the English Renaissance poet Edmund Spenser, the collection progresses through the periods of metaphysical poets such as Donne and Marvell, Augustans such as Dryden and Pope, Victorians such as Tennyson and B
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Paperback, New Edition, 659 pages
Published March 27th 2003 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 17th 1991)
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I picked this up in England, it seemed fitting. It has been my side reading for about 8 months. There were some weeks I would pick it up 3-4 times. Other times I went several weeks without touching it. What I will most remember about it is curling up on my bed in a pool of winter sunshine as I read.

There were plenty of poems I enjoyed, and plenty that bored me, and many in the middle. Worth reading.
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John Barrington Wain (14 March 1925 – 24 May 1994) was an English poet, novelist, and critic, associated with the literary group "The Movement". For most of his life, Wain worked as a freelance journalist and author, writing and reviewing for newspapers and the radio.

Wain was born and grew up in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, the son of a dentist, Arnold Wain, and his wife Annie, née Turner. He ha
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