A wonderfully readable anthology of our greatest poetry, chosen by the author of A Little History of Poetry
“Does anyone know more about poetry than John Carey? Almost certainly not.”-The Times
A poem seems a fragile thing. Change a word and it is broken. But poems outlive empires and survive the devastation of conquests. Celebrated author John Carey here presents a uniquely valuable anthology of verse based on a simple principle: select the one-hundred greatest poets from across the centuries, and then choose their finest poems.
Ranging from Homer and Sappho to Donne and Milton, Plath and Angelou, this is a delightful and accessible introduction to the very best that poetry can offer. Familiar favorites are nestled alongside marvelous new discoveries-all woven together with Carey’s expert commentary. Particular attention is given to the works of female poets, like Christina Rossetti and Charlotte Mew. This is a personal guide to the poetry that shines brightest through the ages. Within its pages, readers will find treasured poems that remain with you for life.
"Reading this book and its galaxy of poets is like looking up at the sky and seeing the whole wheeling and constellated universe."-Daljit Nagra, author of Look We Have Coming to Dover! "A fizzing, exhilarating book."-Sebastian Faulks, Sunday Times "Carey's delightful survey never takes itself or its subject too seriously. 'Over the centuries countless thousands of poems have been forgotten,' he writes. 'This is a book about some that have not.'"-New York Times "Generous in its sympathies, inviting in its choices, with a clear emphasis on human stories underpinning poetic achievement."-Emma Smith, author of This Is Shakespeare
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