100 Poems by 100 Poets: An Anthology

100 Poems by 100 Poets: An Anthology

To pass the time on a long train ride from London to Cromwell, playwright Harold Pinter and his two companions, Geoffrey Godbert and Anthony Astbury, set up a challenge: Choose 100 poems by 100 poets — living poets excluded — to represent the finest poetry ever written in English. The three agreed to organize this collection unconventionally, alphabetically by author rather than chronologically. The resulting anthology is challenging, eclectic, very personal, and great fun. With its surprising juxtapositions and gargantuan range of voice and style, 100 Poems by 100 Poets brings old favorites into a new light and less well-known poems out of the shadows.

Title:100 Poems by 100 Poets: An Anthology
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780802132796
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    100 Poems by 100 Poets: An Anthology Reviews

  • Anna

    Thoroughly delightful on the whole. It was fun to jump from poet to poet and time period to time period and style to different style. Kept us on our toes!...

  • Lisbeth Solberg

    I have literally read this from front to back and back to front. A wry assortment, it may have rather more than its share of famous poems about old guys lusting after young babes. It also has "Provide...

  • Bryan

    This idiosyncratic choice of poems is organised alphabetically according to the poets' names, a method of organisation that gives the collection a nice random quality. The authors have chosen the best...

  • Judith Rich

    I love this anthology and its companion volume, 100 Poems in Translation. There's a nice, wide variety if you are in the mood for reading poetry....

  • Melissa

    This year I've been trying to read more poetry. It doesn't usually appeal to me. I tend to be on the literal side of things and so poetry can be a struggle for me. I've been reading this collection fo...

  • Kelly

    Book Riot '15 Read Harder Challenge Task 17: Collection of PoetryI like to think I read pretty widely, but I missed the boat on a taste for poetry. I'd been meaning for a while to try reading more of ...

  • C. Adam Volle

    Be advised that all of Pinter's selections are of the kind you encounter in English Literature courses, rather than any of the newfangled forms or voices that have gained attention in the last 60-odd ...

  • Yvonne Mortensen

    I didn't expect to like poetry at all, but this turned out to be ok. My favorite was "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" by Kipling....

  • Candice

    Some of the poems are not my favorite, but I like that they've taken poems from each age up to modern. For learning about poetry, this is a good one....

  • Steven R.

    Poetry....