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100 Best-Loved Poems

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  684 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Popular, well-known poetry: "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love," "Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?" "Death, be not proud," "The Raven," "The Road Not Taken," plus works by Blake, Wordsworth, Byron, Coleridge, Shelley, Emerson, Browning, Keats, Kipling, Sandburg, Pound, Auden, Thomas, and many others. Includes 13 selections from the Common Core State Standards Init ...more
Paperback, (Dover Thrift Editions), 101 pages
Published October 4th 1995 by Dover Publications
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A good selection of poems covering 600 years. Of course, not everyone's best-loved poem or poet will be included, but it covers many styles of poetry. The poets in this collection are all English speaking which leaves many out many great poets and their work. Dover collections tend to be introductions to the subject or author they cover. Readers who regularly read poetry or already have their favorites will find this collection very incomplete. However, for those interested in poetry this is a g ...more
Whoa, Nelly what a surprise. This book was supposed to be just a little something to bump up my Amazon to $25 to get free shipping right? I keep a wish list full of Dover Thrift around for just that purpose and selected this one cos during the busy holidays it's nice to have books lying around to just read over any 5 minutes that may be free. For less then $2 I figured this would do because of only one poem I noticed that it contained: Do Not Go Gently Into That Good Night by Dylan Thomas. My pe ...more
Taymara Jagmohan
What will you do when your heart becomes too open, but you grow to realize there is never a caution as "too much"?

This book, coined with the veils of grace from the hearts of our well-known poets, helps you to enjoy being you.

It allows you to think in the imagination of love, and helps to foster growth and emotions.

It is supreme.

I fell in love with this line from Sonnet XCIV:

- for sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds. Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.

Beautiful piece by the lo
Linda Lipko
I spent a restful rainy Sunday evening savoring the wonderful words, phrases and lyrical joy of reading this marvelous compilation of poetry.

Beginning with The Ballad of Lord Randal through Dylan Thomas’ Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, I was transformed to a world where writing was concise, crisp, clear and every word was laden with meaning.

As the rain splashed on the sky light in the living room and the thunder clapped, I sat in an overstuffed chair, cup of tea in hand and delighted in t
Jennifer Mangler
This collection of poems is okay, but I can't say that it includes my best-loved poems. Some are there, to be sure. Emily Dickinson's I'm Nobody! Who Are You? and Robert Frost's Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening are two of my all-time favs, and I lit up like a Christmas tree when I came across them. They never fail to make me happy. And I love Whitman, so it was great to see I Hear America Singing and Oh Captain! My Captain! (which never fails to make me cry like a baby). Reading this collect ...more
The fourth, and final, Dover poetry anthology I am reviewing. As with the others, it is an easily portable, inexpensive book.

Includes work by 58 poets. Ten were born before 1600, another six in the 17th century, twelve in the 18th century, and two in the 20th century. So 28 were born in the 19th century. There are five selections from John Keats, and four each from Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, and William Blake. Other big names represented are Poe, Whitman, Yeats, Frost, Sandburg, and Cummings
Emily Murphy
Note: This is a hard book to rate, as it is made up of many smaller poems, but I will try nonetheless. All of the ratings are on a scale of 1-10, ten being the best.

Quality of Writing: 7
Who knew poetry could be good? I certainly didn't. I hadn't been exposed to much poetry in school, and some of these poets' grasps on language was truly remarkable and a challenge to me as a writer. Some, of course, was the not-so-great stuff that I had learned in school, bringing this rating slightly down.

This is a good selection of poems. It tends to have the classics that people should be familiar with and does have some that my Anthology of American Poetry doesn't have, because it includes British poets. It's worth owning. Then you can read "Do Not Go Gently Into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas to your boy, Dylan, at bedtime.
Some great pieces: So We'll Go No More a Roving/Byron, O Captain! My Captain!/Whitman, The Village Blacksmith/Longfellow, Jabberwocky/Carroll and what may well be my favorite piece of poetry, The Emperor of Ice Cream/Stevens.

Would like to have had a wider variety, but overall a bettter than average, affordable anthology.
Dayna Smith
A magnificent collection of poems from some of the best poets of all time.
Stacy Mar
This book should have read '100 best loved CLASSIC poems.'

While there are many great love poems by poets like edgar allen poe, shakespeare, and so on (dating back the last 500-600 years), there are no contemporary love poems in this book.

This isn't to say I didn't enjoy the book or the poetry, just that the title is misleading. It's nice to study classic poetry, but none of my favorites were in this book!
Andy Hickmott
Useful for people like me who are trying to catch up after a lifetime's ignorance of poetry, but beware: most of this book is drawn from before the twentieth century. It contains not a single living poet! You might come away with the impression that poetry is no longer written, and a very distorted idea of what today passes for 'good' poetry. Nonetheless I got pleasure from discovering where some familiar lines come from:

'Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?' (Shakespeare)

'How do I love thee?
Christina Packard
I guess I just don't get poetry that much. In this collection, I recognized less than twenty. Even of the once I have read or studied in school in the distant past, I do not fully understand. Now if these are the 100 best-loved poems perhaps I should read them again.
A wonderful collection that unlike the title isn't about the Best-Loved its about the ones that have contributed to the lexicon of the English language. From Shakespeare to e. e. cummings these are poems that we quote without ever knowing the whole poem. A must read.
This economical collection of literature class favorites only cost me $1 for a new copy. Many well-known and classic poems from 50-60 authors are presented in a chronological arrangement. Each author is introduced with a 1-3 sentence sketch. Long poems are excluded by the editor, so you won't find "Hiawatha" or "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" here, but you will find such favorites as Thomas Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard," Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven," Robert Burns' "To a Mouse ...more
Nice little anthology of classic poems. My favorites include: Abou Ben Adhem, "So We'll Go No More a Roving", Ozymandias, and Do Not Go Gentle into That Hood Night.
It was OK. Discovered some new poems, but I mostly found myself bored with the first 29 or 30 ones. This book misses a lot of poets.
Some quality stuff here. I hadn't ever read The Destruction of Sennacherib by Lord Byron before, but I really liked it. Great compilation.
Luis Branco
It is nice book with historical great poems. I think that I was expecting a bit more out of it. I miss feeling and passion. I enjoyed the theopoetic ones.
♥ Sandi
some good - some not so good - some well known, out of my comfort zone, but still pleasurable.
Good anthology of poetry. Nice selection.
A terrific collection.
Jun 11, 2014 Ish rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: re-read
Infinitely re-readable.
There are some definite gems in here! I have added several poetry anthologies to my wish list because of this brief introduction. I question why some of these poems were added, but maybe that's a simple matter of subjectivity in general. This would make a lovely gift for someone new to poetry, young adults, or simply to experience a great cross-section of talent in a small package.

Really great buy from Amazon,I love poetry,and I coulnd't resist buying this book,it has some of the greatest poems of all time,I certainly enjoy reading it.
Robin Conley
This book had a great sampling of all the best known poets or poems. I really liked the mix they had here. I also loved the fact that they introduced each poet with a few lines about them and their works. There are too many poems inside to write about them all. Basically, anyone who enjoys poetry and likes the classics, should enjoy this book.
John Cass
Jun 06, 2010 John Cass rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody looking to explore poetry for the first time or rediscover old favorites
Shelves: favorites, poetry
Unlike many other anthologies, this book really does contain the 100 best-loved poems. These are some of the poems that you grew up with, with a few new ones to discover added to the mix. I liked the fact the the poems were relatively short and not too involved - an easy read in a comfortable chair to end the evening with.
Really great, helped me discover/rediscover some of my favourite poems. I wished for more Wilfred Owen (Dulce et decorum est, mental cases being ones I really wanted in there) and the medieval stuff wasn't really my thing, but overall a great selection of poems modern and medieval:)
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