The Giant Book of Poetry

  • ISBN13: 9780976800125
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  • Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.

Product Description
The Giant Book of Poetry is an illustrated anthology of over 575 poems, more than 750 pages and over 60 illustrations representing ancient, classical, modern, and contemporary time periods along with a good selection of English translations of world poets. Footnotes include notes on form, definitions for unusual words, and hints on interpretation. The book includes an introduction by the editor and an appendix covering poetry meter, as well as indexes by author, title, subject, source language, and first line. The publisher is also releasing an audio CD version of the book and the book includes an index pointing from each poem to the corresponding audio CD and track, and an index pointing from each audio CD and track to the corresponding poem location in the book.

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5 Responses to The Giant Book of Poetry

  1. Gerald Locklin

    For William Roetzheim, Life and Poetry are apparently inseparable. The guy simply loves to read (voraciously) and write (with craft and feeling) the stuff, and he wants the rest of us to also. He has educated himself in the history and techniques of verse and approaches the challenge of editing an anthology from every possible angle: inclusivity, contextualizing, cross-indexing, pedagogical footnoting, and the juxtaposition of the canonical with his personal favorites. Thus the truly Giant Book should satisfy the needs of teachers, students, acquisition librarians, and those who, like Roetzheim, are hopelessly addicted to the artful, measured human utterance.
    Rating: 5 / 5
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  2. Midwest Book Review

    Simple black-and-white illustrations add a rustic touch to The Giant Book Of Poetry, a 750-page anthology of some of the most important poems and poets of all time. Spanning an immense spread of authors, from an anonymous poet writing in 4000 BC to familiar names such as Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, and many more, The Giant Book Of Poetry is truly a moving compendium ideal for the library of any poetry lover. An extremely comprehensive index of the poems by title, subject, and first line allow for quick and easy lookup of a favorite verse. Jokun: Ah! I intended / never never to grow old… / Listen: New Year’s Bell!

    Rating: 5 / 5
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  3. D. Y.

    Five hundred and sixty poems give a very wide-ranging overview. Poems old and new include many standards and favorites, and are sure to introduce you to many new favorites as well. It certainly includes a lot of mine, such as Persimmons by Li-Young Lee.

    The selection is sophisticated enough to be an introductory textbook, but also very accessible for the home, with plenty of aids such as notes on each poem, an explanation of meter, and something I wish a lot more anthologies had: a subject index.

    If you’re going to have one collection of poetry–or at least a first collection–this could be it.  And if you really want to relish it, the leather-bound edition does look tempting.

     

    Additional note:  The publisher has also produced a set of CDs that include many of the poems from the book, read by a variety of voices. With matching cover designs, the book and CDs make a whole set for the budding poetry enthusiast.
    Rating: 5 / 5
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  4. Ambergris

    William Roetzheim has created in this book one of the most comprehensive collection of the various styles of both prose and poetry I have seen in one publication. The problem with many books that promise to deliver an overview on a broad plain of poetic styles is they far too often tend to favor a certain era, or group of poets, despite good intentions. Poetry, like fine art, are both very discerning fields of talent where far too many enthusiasts fall victim to a perspective that the style of poetry they favor, is the only kind worth either appreciating, or knowing anything about at all. Unfortunately this tunnel vision approach to the joys of poetry tends to color their objectiveness in presenting a versatile collection for ones consideration. One would be hard pressed indeed to acquire a knowledge of where Roetzheim’s true passion and appreciation as to style and era happens to lie by reading this book. It is a thorough, entertaining, educational, and totally objective collection…

    Quite simply put, there is a wealth of beauty, romance, heartache, description, and interpretation to be enjoyed and admired in any era, or style of poetry. And William Roetzheim has done a superb job of collecting what I consider a beautiful portrayal of poetry of all expressions down through the ages. You will find selections here of everything from the pen of masters like Keats, and Lord Byron, all the way up to both young and upcoming, as well as known, established contemporary poets. I have not come across a better selection anywhere, and I have seen a lot…

    This is the kind of book that one will be comfortable with just thumbing through and picking out a random piece here and there, or curling up with like a romance novel and losing yourself in for a just a while. Roetzheim’s guide that follows along the pages as helpful footnotes as to form and interpretation is both entertaining in of itself, and very informative as well. It’s my opinion that whether you are a fledging poet that enjoys the fine work of others like yourself down through the decades, or are someone that just loves reading verse that can sometimes literally create a moment in time as real and as vivid as any piece of art, I think you will very much enjoy this book. Highly recommended…

    Rating: 5 / 5
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  5. P. Tayyar

    I have used this book several times in my Introduction to Poetry classes. The poems are wonderfully selected: accessible, funny, beautiful, wise. The black and white illustrations are perfect, and the footnotes are restrained and helpful. As good an anthology as I’ve come across.
    Rating: 5 / 5
    The Giant Book of Poetry

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