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The 126 poems in this superb collection of 19th- and 20th-century British and American verse range from the impassioned "Renascence" of Edna St. Vincent Millay to Edward Lear's whimsical "The Owl and the Pussycat" and James Whitcomb Riley’s homespun "When the Frost Is on the Punkin." Famous poets such as Wordsworth, Tennyson, Whitman, and Frost are well-represented, as are ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published December 15th 1992 by Dover Publications
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Kem White
Oct 28, 2015 Kem White rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
The book is an anthology of poems that have the distinction of being remembered fondly by folks. Consequently, there are a lot of familiar verses in here. But because many of the poems are staid and hoary, there are quite a few that come across as woefully out-of-date. I disliked all the poems by James Whitcomb Riley especially "The Old Swimmin'-Hole." Samuel Woodworth's "The Old Oaken Bucket" also has not fared the test of time well. William Cullen Bryant's "Thanatopsis" is filled with stuffy l ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 26, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it really liked it
Shelves: classics, poetry
I'm on the fence about keeping this on my bookshelves in an internet age where almost all of these are in the public domain and easily searched for, so I don't need it on hand to say, be able to reread Masefield's Sea Fever. This is one of four poetry anthologies I own. This contains 123 British and American poems of the 19th and 20th Century. It lacks the international and historical focus of my Book of Woman Poets--it opens with Enheduanna, a Sumerian Priestess who may be the earliest known na ...more
Alessandra
Jan 11, 2012 Alessandra rated it really liked it
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This book is an excellent introduction to the most popular poems of the last century or two.

Gardner, with good humor, reminds us in his introduction that these are not "best" poems, they are "best *remembered*" poems. Arranged alphabetically by author, they include each poet's best-remembered work or works.

Poems range from the sublime ("Renascence" by Edna St. Vincent Millay) to the silly ("The Owl and the Pussy Cat" by Edward Lear) to hokey doggerel ("The Old Oaken Bucket" by Samuel Woodworth)
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David Weller
Jul 25, 2014 David Weller rated it really liked it
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Entertaining short poems. I'd like to know how our anthologist Mr. Gardner came about measuring out the popularity of them.

It's a good book to read to others.
Jean
Mar 26, 2015 Jean rated it it was amazing
5 stars because I love Martin Gardner's notes.
Audrey Herrera
I really liked most of the poems in this book.
Meredyth
Sep 14, 2012 Meredyth rated it it was amazing
This is one of my all-time favorite books - like top five. I adore it. I wore one copy out and had to buy another. Simply the finest collection of classic poems you will ever find. I adore it entirely.
Catherine
Oct 13, 2012 Catherine rated it it was amazing
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The first anthology of poems that I really got into--thanks to my great uncle. Wonderful and classic poems included!
Steve Gross
Jun 09, 2013 Steve Gross rated it really liked it
Each poet gets a couple of paragraphs worth of notes, followed by their famous poem(s).
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Martin Gardner was an American mathematics and science writer specializing in recreational mathematics, but with interests encompassing micromagic, stage magic, literature (especially the writings of Lewis Carroll), philosophy, scientific skepticism, and religion. He wrote the Mathematical Games column in Scientific American from 1956 to 1981, and published over 70 books.
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