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The Mentor Book of Major American Poets

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  94 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A compact anthology of 3 centuries of poetry by 20 great American poets.
Paperback, 536 pages
Published July 1st 1962 by Signet
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Scott Lee
Many of the poets are great, and all have at least one or two great poems as well as at least a couple more worth reading, but much of this anthology was a slog for me.

I love Dickinson, and Whitman, and Pound, Stevens, Cummings, and Auden. I got my first taste of a selection of several of the poets, including Edna St. Vincent Milay, who I knew through one or at most two poems. She was another that I truly enjoyed. Many of the poets were hit and miss for me though, even as their skill with langu
As collected anthologies go, this is one of the better ones. I use it quite a bit when selecting poetry for my 8th grade students. Most of the authors represented are given a nice mix of their most well-known work and some of their more obscure (but still good) stuff.
This is where I met my favorite poet, Stephen Crane. This is another book I give as a gift from time to time. Everyone should have some poetry in their lives. I fear reading it is becoming a lost art.
introduced me to the poetry of stephen crane and edwin arlington robinson at a very young age -- my copy of this is missing its' cover, and rather beaten up.
Mar 23, 2013 pjr8888 rated it 5 of 5 stars
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A great collection collection of poets en poems!
so inspiring to read..
What a lovely compilation of great works by American poets.
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