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Modern British Poetry

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
This anthology is a companion volume to "Modern American Poetry," covering the same period, from about 1870 to 1920. Not only have the best poems but those illustrating the greatest variety have been chosen from eighty representative British poets, as prominent and dissimilar as Henley, Robert Louis Stevenson, Hardy, Oscar Wilde, Francis Thompson, Rudyard Kipling, Arthur S ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published August 1st 2003 by Kessinger Publishing (first published January 1st 1925)
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Bernie Gourley
Jan 08, 2017 Bernie Gourley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: poetry readers.
This is an anthology of 183 poems written by 77 British authors. Given the title, “Modern British Poetry,” the first thing that should be stated is that the original work came out around 1920, and so the bulk of these poems are from the 19th century. That may fit perfectly with your classification of modern poetry, but if you’re looking for present-day poets, this isn’t the book you’re after.

However, the good news is that you might still find some unexpected treasures. Often collections of publ
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
This book only remains unfinished because I'm not such a poetry lover that I can read a whole volume at once. However, this is a lovely collection of British poetry with great introductory bios by Louis Untermeyer. Many of the poets featured may be unfamiliar to American readers, which makes it an even greater treat -- but there are many classics as well.
Gail Oare
A good sampling along with bios of poets. The editor covers some fairly little-known poets extensively and gives light coverage of some who deserved more space. That to me is puzzling, but still an interesting and instructive collection.
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Really enjoyed this, and the biographies helped to add context to the poems.
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Found a lot of old new favorite poets in here, and some that I knew from one popular poem or so but had never read beyond that. Dylan Thomas towards the end was probably the standout, but I was interested in reading Thomas Hardy's and William Ernest Henley's poetry as well. The editor's enthusiasm shows throughout the book and the bios of each poet are actually interesting and make a point to show their cultural significance, which I really enjoyed.
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Louis Untermeyer was the author, editor or compiler, and translator of more than one hundred books for readers of all ages. He will be best remembered as the prolific anthologist whose collections have introduced students to contemporary American poetry since 1919. The son of an established New York jeweler, Untermeyer's interest in poetry led to friendships with poets from three generations, incl ...more
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