100 Poets: A Little Anthology (Hardback)
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100 Poets: A Little Anthology (Hardback)

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Hardback 280 Pages / Published: 14/09/2021
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Lovingly curated and expertly introduced by the author of A Little History of Poetry, this beautiful volume presents one-hundred greatest poets from Homer to Maya Angelou along with samples of their unforgettable verse.

A wonderfully readable anthology of our greatest poetry, chosen by the author of A Little History of Poetry

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.

Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300258011
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 510 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 3 mm


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"Enthusiasm for the underdog is infectious . . . It reveals a sensitivity in Carey's aesthetic, a rejection of the sentimental and the highbrow in favour of the lyrical, the melancholy and the divine. It's what ultimately ties the book together, and lends a profound emotional weight to the intellectual rigour."-Andrew Male, Sunday Times

"Reading poetry is a perfect commuter pastime, but can feel intimidating. Where to start? Perhaps with this gentle, welcoming anthology by this paper's chief literary critic, which offers one emblematic poem, and a brief introduction, for 100 poets."-Sunday Times


"100 Poets is a good anthology to dip into or to read straight through, like I did. Whatever your experience of poetry, I think you'll find something here to enjoy."-David's Book World

"Professor John Carey has rounded up a collection of his favourite 100 poets, from Homer to Sylvia Plath, covering the familiar and the less common...A bedside-table book of portable proportions and in durable hardback"-Lucy Lethbridge, The Oldie Christmas Gift Guide

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“Poetry in motion”

100 Posts by John Carey

I've just read this book cover to cover. This is a wonderful poetry book that takes you from poetry from BC to modern day. I liked that it gave each poet a mini biography.
It will be one... More

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“Short but often insightful”

I’ve always had something of a weakness for poetry anthologies and possess way more than I could ever need. Nor do I think I’ve bought my last. They tend to be odd beasts. Too many are just stuffed full of the usual... More

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Katy Wheatley

“A Whistlestop Tour of the Poetic Canon”

This is, as it states in the introduction, a personal selection of 100 poems that start in the classical world and end somewhere after World War II. It's interesting to me, more for what it says about John Carey... More

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