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The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, Vol. 1
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2003
PS613 .N67 2003 v.1
"The most acute rendering of an era's sensibility is its poetry," wrote the editors in their preface to the first edition. Thirty years later, this innovative, cover-to-cover revision renders with fresh eyes and meticulous care the remarkable range of styles, subjects, and voices in English-language poetry. It includes 1,596 poems by 195 poets (half of the poetry new), from Walt Whitman and Thomas Hardy in the late nineteenth century to Anne Carson and Sherman Alexie in the twenty-first.
Available separately for the first time, Volume 1, Modern Poetry, is the most comprehensive anthology of modern poetry in English. Beginning with nineteenth-century precursors, it includes generous, carefully reconsidered selections by the major figures - Yeats, Frost, Stevens, Williams, Pound, H.D., Moore, Eliot, Hughes, Auden, among others. Fourteen new poets give greater voice to women, African American, and Caribbean poets, war poets, and the early experimentalists. The long poem, represented here by complete texts of Eliot's The Waste Land, Crane's The Bridge, and Moore's "An Octopus," receives due attention. The volume concludes with a new Poetics section of influential statements by poets that provide essential contexts for reading the poems.
Apparatus - headnotes, annotations, and bibliographies - has been thoroughly revised and updated. A substantially new introduction draws on recent scholarship to outline cogently the movements of the modern period.
Quoted from back cover.