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Three Centuries of American Poetry

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A comprehensive overview of America's vast poetic heritage, Three Centuries of American Poetry features the work of some 150 of our nation's finest writers. It includes selections from Anne Bradstreet, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, e. e. cummings, Wallace St ...more
Hardcover, 768 pages
Published March 2nd 1999 by Bantam
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242 pages of required reading.
I like poetry.
We'll see if I like poetry that much...


Colonial-era spelling is funny...verry funnye inndeede. Mye spleene is manifested...

No matter how much poetry I read, nothing will ever get me like "Annabel Lee," "The Bells," and "The Raven". Edgar Allan Poe = Awesome Crazy Win.

I like reading the lyrics to familiar folk tunes. They're so strange and morbid...Oh my darling Clementine, heh heh heh...

It makes me soooo happy that in "Casey at the Bat", Casey
Oct 04, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, reference
This is a thorough collection containing not only poetry, but song lyrics as well. It is divided up into different eras, instantly putting the poems in context for the reader.
Brief biographies on back that are full of meaningful trivia on the poets.
This is one I would like to own.
Erin Thomas
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
I would like to think that there is an anthology of American poetry out there that more accurately represents the efforts of American poets from the time of the Mayflower. If I come across one, I'll be sure to come back and edit this with the name and ISBN of that book.

One thing I found troubling with this anthology is that more of it than necessary was dedicated to poets favored by the postmodern editors who selected its content. Meanwhile, as nearly a quarter of this book was dedicated to Whit
Cathy Douglas
Given the title, I thought this would be poetry from the 18th, 19th & 20th century, but it's really more like 17th, 18th & 19th; the last period covered ends in 1922. The book makes a good reference volume. I like that they include popular songs, Indian chants, and other non-traditional verse. Not all the poets are my cup of tea, but that's not the collection's fault. I just wish it continued further into the 20th century.
Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The book with a span through 1620-1923, the first poem is The Sea Marke, by John Smith talking about nature and other things. Overall most the book is about God, Nature and there believes.

The book Three Centuries Of American Poetry is a very heartwarming book it most warm your heart if you believe in God.

My favorite poem in the book is The Last Leaf I really enjoyed reading it

If you like poem books that are religious, and many more you will love this book.
Chris Gager
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave up looking for the exact book. It was a general anthology of American poetry. The classics like Whitman, Robinson, Dickinson, Stevens, Cummings etc. A prep school book. Date read a guess.
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is an American professor of Italian literature, poet, and translator. He is currently W. R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Humanities at Wake Forest University. A devout Jew, Mandelbaum is highly knowledgeable of Christianity.[1]
His translation of the Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri appeared between 1980 and 1984; they were published by University of California Press and supported by the notable Dante
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