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100 Poems by 100 Poets: An Anthology

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To pass the time on a long train ride from London to Cromwell, playwright Harold Pinter and his two companions, Geoffrey Godbert and Anthony Astbury, set up a challenge: Choose 100 poems by 100 poets — living poets excluded — to represent the finest poetry ever written in English. The three agreed to organize this collection unconventionally, alphabetically by author rathe ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 10th 1994 by Grove Press (first published January 1st 1986)
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Mar 10, 2016 Kelly rated it liked it
Book Riot '15 Read Harder Challenge Task 17: Collection of Poetry

I like to think I read pretty widely, but I missed the boat on a taste for poetry. I'd been meaning for a while to try reading more of it.

I chose this anthology because it seemed like it would be a good mix for a beginner: wide range of poets, manageable length. Even so, I had a hard time finishing it.

I liked it; there were a couple poems I even copied down, and after a reading a few the rhythm of the language got caught in my min
Nov 08, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing
This year I've been trying to read more poetry. It doesn't usually appeal to me. I tend to be on the literal side of things and so poetry can be a struggle for me. I've been reading this collection for months because I wanted to savor each poem, instead of wolfing them down.

This anthology collects 100 poems, the editor's favorite from each of the poets. It was a wonderful way to get a taste of the various styles of different authors without reading an entire collection from them. It introduced
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Jan 25, 2016 Nicole K rated it really liked it
Don't normally take to these kinds of things, but was warmed by the selected poems here.
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I didn't expect to like poetry at all, but this turned out to be ok. My favorite was "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" by Kipling.
Jul 12, 2008 Candice rated it liked it
Some of the poems are not my favorite, but I like that they've taken poems from each age up to modern. For learning about poetry, this is a good one.
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Harold Pinter, CH, CBE, was an English playwright, screenwriter, actor, director, political activist and poet. He was one of the most influential playwrights of modern times. In 2005 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

After publishing poetry and acting in school plays as a teenager in London, Pinter began his professional theatrical career in 1951, touring throughout Ireland. From 1952,
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