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Here is a treasure-house of over seven centuries of English poetry, chosen and introduced by Christopher Ricks, whom Auden described as "exactly the kind of critic every poet dreams of finding." The Oxford Book of English Verse, created in 1900 by Arthur Quiller-Couch and selected anew in 1972 by Helen Gardner, has established itself as the foremost anthology of English po ...more
Hardcover, 752 pages
Published October 7th 1999 by Oxford University Press
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I must be turning into a real softie! This is a wonderful journey through nearly a thousand years of English verse and covers all subjects. This is a real reflection of many British poets those known and unknown.

One of the best things about this collection of verse that it has all the usual suspects represented but not all their verse but a collection of many of their works minus some of their more well known writings.

This is a wonderful and inspirational book something that I enjoy dipping in t
Jon Corelis

In the days when there was actually a general audience for poetry, that audience's taste was both formed and reflected by anthologies which generally were created by by lovers of poetry -- the phrase, though it may sound pretentious, is the accurate one -- whose books were a quite conscious effort both to form and to reflect that taste. Today things are different: poetry has become largely an academic enterprise, and accordingly current anthologies tend to reflect not the taste of a
Since my brain has started to wither on the stem, I picked up the OBoEV with the goal of learning a poem a week. I'm falling short of the goal and some of the work can be a little Iambic but.... I've rediscovered the delights of the form. Take advice from this old Englishman--pick up a copy of the above and take a nibble of the pleasing passions of poetry. It will reduce stress, increase happiness, and put the world to rights.
Smuel Mackereth
A rich and rewarding trove of some really beautiful poetry, whilst some poets are given more space than necessary and some are perhaps neglected Ricks' compendium is a wonderful place to explore, to discover, and to feed on the complexity and elegance of human thought and expression.
Donald Taylor
Brilliant selection, beautifully produced. With so much poetry available for nothing on the web, this book reminds us why a great editor and a good publishing house can still make it worth buying hard copies.
A classic. Not often read, but kept around anyway, if only to look up poetry referenced in other works.
Dat ass emol en anstännegt Schoulbuch :)
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Sir Christopher Bruce Ricks, FBA, is a British literary critic and scholar. He is the William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities at Boston University (U.S.) and Co-Director of the Editorial Institute at Boston University, and was Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford (England) from 2004 to 2009. He is the immediate past-president of the Association of Literary Scholars and ...more
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