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The Oxford Book Of English Verse

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  122 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Let's get one thing straight. Christopher Ricks's 1999 version of The Oxford Book of English Verse contains some of the finest poetry the world has ever seen. Judiciously selected and beautifully produced, this anthology will reward both poetry virgins and over-versed roués with its canny, sometimes inspired conjoining of the familiar and the obscure. (It's also the first ...more
Hardcover, 690 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Oxford University Press
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Sep 06, 2012 Paul rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I must be turning into a real softie! This is a wonderful journey through nearly a thousand years of English verse and covers all subjects. This is a real reflection of many British poets those known and unknown.

One of the best things about this collection of verse that it has all the usual suspects represented but not all their verse but a collection of many of their works minus some of their more well known writings.

This is a wonderful and inspirational book something that I enjoy dipping in t
Jon Corelis

In the days when there was actually a general audience for poetry, that audience's taste was both formed and reflected by anthologies which generally were created by by lovers of poetry -- the phrase, though it may sound pretentious, is the accurate one -- whose books were a quite conscious effort both to form and to reflect that taste. Today things are different: poetry has become largely an academic enterprise, and accordingly current anthologies tend to reflect not the taste of a
Shouvik Hore
Fairly Unhappy. There could have been passages from The Prelude, Shelley's Epipsychidion and Alastor, John Keats, O Solitude! , When I have fears and The Eve Of St. Mark, Tennyson's Break, Break, Break, Browning's Rabbi Ben Ezra, Arnold's Thyrsis & much more influential real, authentic poetry. This obsession with filling the pages of a prestigious publication with a needless lot of Eliot and his semi or unpoetical successors gets on nerves. There is no James Thomson in this collection, no Ex ...more
Since my brain has started to wither on the stem, I picked up the OBoEV with the goal of learning a poem a week. I'm falling short of the goal and some of the work can be a little Iambic but.... I've rediscovered the delights of the form. Take advice from this old Englishman--pick up a copy of the above and take a nibble of the pleasing passions of poetry. It will reduce stress, increase happiness, and put the world to rights.
Smuel Mackereth
A rich and rewarding trove of some really beautiful poetry, whilst some poets are given more space than necessary and some are perhaps neglected Ricks' compendium is a wonderful place to explore, to discover, and to feed on the complexity and elegance of human thought and expression.
Donald Taylor
Brilliant selection, beautifully produced. With so much poetry available for nothing on the web, this book reminds us why a great editor and a good publishing house can still make it worth buying hard copies.
A classic. Not often read, but kept around anyway, if only to look up poetry referenced in other works.
Dat ass emol en anstännegt Schoulbuch :)
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Sir Christopher Bruce Ricks, FBA, is a British literary critic and scholar. He is the William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities at Boston University (U.S.) and Co-Director of the Editorial Institute at Boston University, and was Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford (England) from 2004 to 2009. He is the immediate past-president of the Association of Literary Scholars and ...more
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