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The Giant Book of Poetry is an illustrated anthology of over 575 poems, more than 750 pages and over 60 illustrations representing ancient, classical, modern, and contemporary time periods along with a good selection of English translations of world poets. Footnotes include notes on form, definitions for unusual words, and hints on interpretation. The book includes an intr...more
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Published October 1st 2010 by Level 4 Press (first published 2006)
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Jorge Cid
Great! You can't beat this value of poetry per dollar... :) Of course in 17 hours of audiobook there will be some narrators you don't enjoy so much, but I didn't expect it to be so good overall, actually. I just don't give it 5 stars because they don't have the chapters marked, that's just lazy. I mean, they have 7 files that change theme about halfway. I didn't expect poem by poem markers, but at least the chapter headings... I bought it in the apple store, though, maybe at audible or other sto...more
John Hill
This was a great anthology of poetry especially is you have an e-reader like the Kindle or Nook like I do. Often, formatting becomes an issue when reading poetry on the Kindle but this book managed to not become bogged down with issue. In fact, I noticed only one or two.

This book, while expansive, is not a "textbook" of poetry. There is no editing panel, no lengthy academic introduction, and little in the way of footnotes and commentary.

Instead, this book is a collection of one man's favorite p...more
Kannonhall
First of all I am a huge fan of poetry so, I knew picking up this book i was going to enjoy it. I love how this book vaired from semi-contemporary to classical poets. You were able to enjoy very different styles off poetry to another. I also like the index in the back that divides the poems into larger categories. I bought this book to find poems for a theatre competion and found that this index was extremely helpful. I would read countless pages before I fell asleep and the poems would always l...more
Tombom P
Pretty good introduction to poetry - has a decent variety, although it's obviously almost all English language. It's also mostly white men, but they did try and introduce some variety which is nice to see. The notes aren't bad, but I wished there was more - for all poems they say the form+metre and rhyme scheme (if it has one) and it usually defines weird words but it doesn't give any context or information on the author, which is a bit disappointing. The appendix on metre is nice though. The se...more
Skylar Burris
This weighty anthology contains more than 750 pages and 60 illustrations complementing poems from the classical to the contemporary. The collection is designed for readers who do not normally read poetry books, and consequently it includes footnotes that define the poetic forms employed as well as unusual or archaic words used. The footnotes also offer hints for interpretation. The volume is well indexed and the selections are wide ranged, hitting on most of the important poets in each period. T...more
John
I love poetry, but hate having to read page after page of terrible poems just to find the gems. This book has done the work for me by picking the gems out and compiling them into one book. There were very few poems that I didn't appreciate, and quite a few that this book exposed me to which have become personal favorites. I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in poetry but doesn't know where to begin.
Emily
I obviously haven't read every poem in this book, but I have read a lot of them. I just bought it last night and it was such a good deal. It is over 750 pages of poetry spanning from ancient to classical to contemporary and everything in between. And the best part is it only cost $19.95. I may be a bit overly excited about this purchase, but I am an English major freak after all.
Sharman Wilson
Mar 14, 2013 Sharman Wilson is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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Just a few poems in, and I love his choices!

March 14, 2013: I'm up to Keats (1795-1821). So much beauty in this world of poetry! I go in spurts, but right now I'm into quite a few poetry books.
Emily
Feb 12, 2013 Emily rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: poet lovers
Shelves: favorites, poetry
I only read a few poems each day, so as to give each a fair chance, so this will be on my currently-reading list for quite a long while, but... oh, well :)
Hayley
This is an admirable collection of poetry - there's something for everyone - and an exquisite sampler for the beginning poetry enthusiast.
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