The Columbia Anthology of American Poetry
Columbia University Press, 1995 - Poetry - 757 pages
In the nineteenth century, Alexis de Tocqueville suggested that the poetry of the new American democratic state, free from the staggering weight of centuries of European aristocracy and tradition, would focus on "man alone... his passions, his doubts, his rare properties and inconceivable wretchedness."
For hundreds of years, American poets have presented their various images of the land and its people. But what is "American poetry?" Is there truly such a thing as an American poetic tradition, spanning over nearly four centuries from colonial times to the turn of the millennium? In The Columbia Anthology of American Poetry, Jay Parini, a respected American poet and critic in his own right, offers an authoritative survey of the elusive category that is the poetry of the American people.
The Columbia Anthology of American Poetry covers all of the canonical American poets, from the colonial to the contemporary-Anne Bradstreet, Walt Whitman, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, and Adrienne Rich are all included.
But Parini has also selected a broad sampling of poetry from voices that have been heard as widely over the years. Here, for the first time, is a thorough collection of nineteenth- and twentieth-century poetry by women, Native American, and African Americans. Within these pages readers will find the many different traditions that make up the expansive collage of American poetry. Here are the Transcendentalists-Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Henry David Thoreau; and the Imagists-William Carlos Williams, Amy Lowell, H.D., and Carl Sandburg.
Readers will discover also the early twentieth-century movement of African-American poetic expression, known as the Harlem Renaissance-James Weldon Johnson, Countee Cullen, Gwendolyn Bennett, and Langston Hughes are all solidly represented in The Columbia Anthology of American Poetry.
Jay Parini's introduction deftly guides us into the rich tradition of poetry in our country. Whether in search of a well-known classic or a poem that is not yet considered part of the American poetic tradition, readers will find much to enjoy in The Columbia Anthology of American Poetry.
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Starting with a strong introduction (the best line is "American poets look backward to Whitman like the Romantic Age looked back to Milton"), this is a interesting collection of poetry- the choices ... Read full review
Ezra Pound 18851972
Denise Levertov 1923
Robert Lowell 19171977
Frances E W Harper 18251911
Before the Birth of One of Her Children
Michael Wigglesworth 16311705
Shine Perishing Republic
Malediction upon Myself
John Crowe Ransom 18881974
T S Eliot 18881965
Conrad Aiken 18891973
So she came back into
Edward Taylor 1642?1 729
Upon Wedlock and Death of Children
On Mr Paines Rights of Man
Thoughts on the Works of Providence
Joel Barlow 17541812
A November Landscape
John GreenleafWhittier 18071892
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 18071882
Oliver Wendell Holmes 18091894
Frances Sargent Osgood 18111850
LightWinged Smoke Icarian Bird
Saw in Louisiana a LiveOak Growing
Herman Melville 18191891
The Slave Auction
A narrow fellow in the grass
A Caged Bird
Edgar Lee Masters 18681950
Ere Sleep Comes Down to Soothe the Weary Eyes
Nothing Gold Can Stay
Wallace Stevens 18791955
To an Old Philosopher in Rome
Sara Teasdale 18841933
And then went down to the ship
Melvin Beaunearus ToIson 18981966
From The Bridge To Brooklyn Bridge
Ama Bontemps 19021973
The Snakes of September
My Papas Waltz
Josephine Miles 19111985
Robert Hayden 19131980
John Benyman 19141972
The Quaker Graveyard in Nantucket
Notes from the Childhood and the Girlhood
Richard Wilbur 1921
The Ache of Marriage
Allen Ginsberg 1926
William S Merwin 1927
Galway Kinnell 1927
Robert Pack 1929
Mark Strand 1934
Against Whatever It Is Thats Encroaching
Robert Hass 1941
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