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American Poetry by Robert Hass
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Keith The Library of America poetry series is very good and this book is no exception. It provides a good sampling of many 20th century American poets. I can't say I read every page of this book (since I'm already familiar with many of these poets), but it did open my eyes to some writers, which should be the point of an anthology.

My only quibble: There is paucity of notes. Am I the only person who didn't know General William Booth was founder of the Salvation Army? (I thought he might be a Civil War general.) A little help would have been appreciated.

Overall, I recommend this book (and this series) for the poetry lover. For the average reader, however, there are probably shorter, more selective anthologies that will better introduce them to American poetry.


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