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The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry

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Works by American and British writers illuminate the development of modern poetry.
Paperback, 1865 pages
Published December 31st 1988 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published January 1st 1973)
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Charles Bechtel
Dec 03, 2012 Charles Bechtel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Poets and Poetry lovers
Welcome to the graveyard of forgotten poets. About half of theses poets have been obliterated from discussions, another third hang on as historically important, and about 20% heralded as Ist-icons of other some -Ism. Although Norton has selected a number of the most topical and respected poets of the early twentieth century, and some late twentieth, the book is only worth having because it has so many poems in it. If you like poetry, own a Norton.

By the way, nobody "reads" this book. They wend t
Oct 07, 2009 Robyn rated it really liked it
This sucker helped me breeze through the modernist stuff on the lit test. It's got enough biographical info and info about how critics classify the poets to help you remember the difference between similar dudes (and dudettes), and most of the poems are exemplary of their styles. A great primer, and a great book to have if you don't plan on buying volumes and volumes of modernist poems!
Gary McDowell
Sep 11, 2007 Gary McDowell rated it liked it
Right now (9/11/07), it's Whitman, Dickinson, and the intro. Soon it'll be Eliot, Pound, Stevens, Williams, etc.

Now (9/13/07) it's time for 55 pages of micro-sized print William Butler Yeats. Oh boy.
May 07, 2017 Sana rated it it was amazing
Love the Walt Whitman poems.
J. Alfred
Dec 09, 2011 J. Alfred rated it liked it
Can we all just agree that anthologies are helpful things to have on one's shelf, but ultimately unsatisfying? They never go in-depth enough on the authors one likes, and seem to stretch out forever on authors one wants nothing to do with. Oh well: they're also great introducers of authors one didn't know (or know well enough) before. The guys on this list that I met in this book include Brother Antoninus, Sigfreid Sassoon, Marianne Moore, Denise Levertov, WH Auden, and Delmore Schwartz. Also, e ...more
May 13, 2009 Lynda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, truth be told I do not like much modern poetry. A few years ago after on of my long recoveries from surgery, I went through this anthology to see if any poets appealed to me that I might want to read further. There were a few, also a few I liked a lot, but I still like the older poets better.
Oct 17, 2008 Nice rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
This is a book for your library that you constantly refer back to, that helps introduce you to some of the greatest poet living and dead. I am so thankful my Poetry Writing Prof made us buy this. Shoutout to John Matthias at the University of Notre Dame. I will always be currently reading this book.
carl  theaker
Oct 06, 2010 carl theaker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: artsy

Had to purchase for, what else? Modern poetry class, and glad I did, kept
after college. Have read through this and that passage many times, a great
book to keep at the bedside, pick a poet fer an eve, after dark and before
the dawn surprises you.
Feb 26, 2011 Philip rated it really liked it
I may never actually finish this book as it's an anthology, I pick it up every once in a while to re-read favorite poems that are included and new ones I haven't encountered yet. This is an outstanding collection.
Jul 09, 2012 Amanda added it
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i love anthologies, am a collector of them. i purchased this one used for my poetry courses at U of Ottawa about 12 years ago & i return to it often. this summer i've decided to revisit the dead, so this is a perfect book for such. Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet tea, Susie Assado...
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Nov 27, 2007 Kate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
This is a bookshelf basic as far as I'm concerned.
Aug 01, 2011 Cage rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Awesome awesome selection. Cannot rate it highly enough.
Aug 23, 2008 Ian rated it it was amazing
Just open anywhere and learn something!
Sep 20, 2008 Foxygiraffe rated it really liked it
Ok, obviously I haven't read the WHOLE thing, but it's on my shelf.
Erin Riggio
Sep 14, 2007 Erin Riggio rated it really liked it
Oh, Norton, how I love thee. These anthologies are awesome--both for the great works they include and for the interesting information about authors.
Jan 07, 2009 Shel rated it it was amazing
Bought it in college, still the best one anthology I've got -- and written all over!
Jan 18, 2010 Chris is currently reading it
currently reading, ad infinitum. ask joe sacksteader
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