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Immortal Poems of the English Language

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Immortal Poems
Here is the most inclusive anthology of verse ever published at so low a price. It contains not only the best-known works of the British and American masters but also the verse of the most brillant poets of our own day. Oscar Williams, who compiled Immortal Poems, was a distinguished editor and poet in his own right, of whom Robert Lowell wrote in the Sewan
Paperback, 624 pages
Published August 3rd 1983 by Pocket Books (first published 1952)
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Susan Budd
My copy of Immortal Poems of the English Language must be handled gingerly to prevent it from completely falling apart. The cover is held together with so much clear tape that it’s probably more tape than cover. But the memories this book holds are as strong as the paper is brittle.

This current copy is actually my second ~ the first having been worn out so quickly that it soon needed replacing. I remember them both living in my book bag during my college years. The first was purchased for a lit
This has been an ongoing "Currently Reading" book in my collection since I owned the first, 1952 edition. Every now and them it falls to pieces and I get a new copy. Many of my favorite poems are in here, the ones I memorized in childhood to recite before dinner, the ones that comforted me during bad times in childhood, the ones Mama read when Father died. I read some of those same ones to my nephew when my mother died, and earlier this year, when my younger sister died suddenly, I chose poems t ...more
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone and their mother
Shelves: alreadyread
If you like poetry, this is a brilliant collection. John Keats was well represented in this. It is a very inclusive and comprehensive anthology. But the volume is not too intimidating and I found myself easily lingering on a few poems for days, and then sifting through others within minutes, which is the beauty of an anthology -- not too daunting... when you're reading poetry, this makes for a great variety of writing styles and I never got bored. My only complaint is that Elizabeth Barret Brown ...more
Apr 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I carried this book around the world in my backpack when I went to Japan as an exchange student in high school, and again when I travelled around the world, in college. It's a great book to have when traveling, with high literature-per-ounce value, and can be re-read many times. The collection favors older poems -- there's not much even from the earlier 20th century, but it's good for what it does.
Sep 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favoritebooks
I thought the collection was very well done. So many epic poems, and with no notes in it you could take it in and try it figure it out yourself.
Mar 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Some poets overrepresented, others underrepresented. A good collection, though.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, poetry
This is one of four poetry anthologies I own. I think I love my copy of A Book of Women Poets best, for it's international and historical focus--it opens with Enheduanna, a Sumerian Priestess who may be the earliest known name in written literature. But this book comes a close second, being perhaps the earliest book of poetry I ever bought. The focus of this book as the title suggests is the English Language. As stated in the cover, it includes "447 British and American Masterpieces by 150 Poets ...more
May 25, 2008 rated it liked it
There is a ton of stuff in here. I'm not a huge poetry buff, and reading this book straight through probably wasn't the best idea. That said, this has almost anything you could want, pre-20th century. (Except Lord Byron. One short poem?!? The Milton pages went on for days!) There are plenty of long poems, including the entirety of "Rime of the Ancient Mariner," plenty of Keats, Whitman, Dickinson, Shakespeare, etc. So, you're good for pre-1900's. After that, it's kind of limited in terms of vari ...more
Oct 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry, own, 2011
I enjoy dabbling in poetry so this anthology of the "immortal poems" seemed appropriate for dabbling. However, I felt numerous poets were shortchanged in the book while others were far too represented (like poets I have never even heard of and it seems that was for good reason!). Elizabeth Barrett Browning only had ONE poem in the entire book, ONE. Ridiculous. There were quite a number of poems that I would never consider important to English language poetry nonetheless any good. There were also ...more
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