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The Seashell Anthology of Great Poetry

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  218 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Poems emphasizing the personal aspect of poetry, from Walt Whitman's vision of America to Maya Angelou's remembrances of her mother. Other poets include Sandburg, Frost, Ginsburg, Browning, Sexton, Yeats, Lowell, Levertov, & more.

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Paperback, 349 pages
Published May 1st 1996 by Park Lane (first published April 1996)
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I won this book through a goodreads giveaway.

This is the ultimate collection for the long-time poetry lover or for those who are just "dipping their toes in the pond". I read old favorites and undiscovered gems. I finished the book in two day but have since carried it around with me everywhere. I even read a poem or two a night to my thirteen year old daughter who I found shares my affinity to Romantics. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone, anywhere at anytime; the words within have t
Eric Steere
Thank you Burns. There are better collections out there for sure, but I like the inclusion of so many contemporary authors, and especially glad to see a collection that isn't demonstrably politically correct WASP-y. THis anthology doesn't apologize. Glad to see Sandburg along the likes of Creeley, too much Langston Hughes, Sexton, and where is T. Hughes? The possiblities of an anthology are of course limited, I don't recommend this anthology and would instead recommend shorter more pointed colle ...more
May 16, 2013 Julie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All readers
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. The introduction is well written and charming. The anthology is arranged thematically rather than chronologically. Reading this book taught me a little about myself. It has been 31 years (yikes!) since I got my B.A. in English, and in the years since I have indulged in the luxury of only reading poets I like. This anthology reminded me of the scope of poetry and its themes.
Aug 29, 2013 James marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
So far the good poems are sparse, but I am not far into the book. All are well written, but much of the substance is questionable. The first poem is on how God created the world because he was bored. Not very illuminating, and quite untrue if one is consulting special revelation. However, I would be pleased to find at least 20 gems in this anthology. I suspect that I will. I will share them as I do.
Wow, this is an amazingly good collection! Burns is a great anthologist -- the poems are arranged so that they reflect or comment on each other.

I bought it for the Kindle -- I probably have a quarter or more of the poems already in various physical books, but this lets me carry them along wherever I go. I don't usually read poetry anthologies straight through, from cover to cover, but this one I did.
Victoria Slotto
The is a "best of" collection that I keep handy on my Kindle at all times. The anthology features renowned poets of the English language and is a must-have for all writers and readers of poetry. If you are a poet, dip into it when you're feeling stuck. The poems are organized by theme.
One of the best anthologies I've read. The chapter on love poems was my favorite because they included the dark poems one seldom reads about love and relationships that were sometimes funny sometimes sad but always very very true.
Kevin Albrecht
I've always been skeptical of poetry collections, but this one is so well collected and organized that I can't help but love it.
An excellent collection - one of the first books to go on my kindle. Great for dipping
I've marked this book as read, but, really, a book like this is never truly finished. It's the kind of thing you just keep reading and if you own a Kindle this is one of the best poetry anthologies out there for it.
Simply Amazing!
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“They Ask: Is God, Too, Lonely? When God scooped up a handful of dust, And spit on it, and molded the shape of man, And blew a breath into it and told it to walk— That was a great day. And did God do this because He was lonely? Did God say to Himself he must have company And therefore He would make man to walk the earth And set apart churches for speech and song with God? These are questions. They are scrawled in old caves. They are painted in tall cathedrals. There are men and women so lonely they believe God, too, is lonely. Carl Sandburg, 1928” 1 likes
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