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The Columbia Anthology of American Poetry by Jay Parini
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Starting with a strong introduction (the best line is "American poets look backward to Whitman like the Romantic Age looked back to Milton"), this is a interesting collection of poetry- the choices included for each author were sometimes confusing, and sometimes unsatisfactory to a fan (Crane has one little poem in the whole of the anthology) but generally strong and even surprising. Is it just me, or do Robert Hayden, Theodore Roethke, Elizabeth Bishop, and, especially, Wallace Stevens get better every time my back is turned?

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Reading Progress

April 24, 2012 – Started Reading
April 24, 2012 – Shelved
May 11, 2012 – Finished Reading

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