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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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Paul
Sep 06, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
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
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Shouvik Hore
Aug 22, 2015 Shouvik Hore rated it it was ok
Fairly Unhappy. There could have been passages from The Prelude, Shelley's Epipsychidion and Alastor, John Keats' O Solitude! , When I have fears and The Eve Of St. Mark, Tennyson's Break, Break, Break, Browning's Rabbi Ben Ezra, Prospice, Arnold's Thyrsis & much more influential real, authentic poetry. This obsession with filling the pages of a prestigious publication with a needless lot of Eliot and his semi or unpoetical successors gets on nerves. There is no James Thomson in this collect ...more
Jon Corelis
Jan 21, 2013 Jon Corelis rated it liked it
Disappointing

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
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Ben Demaree
Apr 24, 2016 Ben Demaree rated it it was amazing
I haven't finished this book, because it isn't really a book to finish. However, this isn't a book I regret buying for the fact that it is a pure treasure to own. Poetry from early English to modern day with Seamus Heaney even though the book was published before his death. This is a treasure of a book to own and wonderful for fans of poetry, language, or simply people hoping to expand their linguistic tool kit. Sorry for waxing poetical. If you study or studied English Literature, this book is ...more
Simon
Jun 21, 2010 Simon rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 03, 2012 Smuel Mackereth rated it really liked it
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
Dec 07, 2010 Donald Taylor rated it it was amazing
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.
Anne
Aug 29, 2011 Anne rated it it was amazing
Dat ass emol en anstännegt Schoulbuch :)
Joe Steven
Jan 27, 2016 Joe Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must have for any poet lovers.
Ebookwormy1
Sep 17, 2008 Ebookwormy1 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reference, poetry, own-it
A classic. Not often read, but kept around anyway, if only to look up poetry referenced in other works.
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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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