100 Essential American Poems

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Macmillan, Mar 31, 2009 - Poetry - 288 pages
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The way we view our nation---its history, its traditions, even our distinctly American voice---is largely determined by our literature. In this rewarding and thought-provoking book are gathered poems that have been essential components of our common American culture, from the earliest days of our nation through canonic works of the nineteenth century and up to the present day. 100 Essential American Poems includes fondly remembered works by such familiar figures as Longfellow, Poe, and Whitman, and popular classics like "A Visit from St. Nicholas" and "Casey at the Bat," but it also features passionate outcries from poets like Paul Laurence Dunbar and Langston Hughes that highlight our ongoing national racial tensions, and poems by such women as Anne Bradstreet, Emily Dickinson, and Edna St. Vincent Millay that supply a distinctly female perspective on American life. Also included are the lyrics of such expressions of the American spirit as "Yankee Doodle," "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "This Land Is Your Land," in addition to a few surprises! The immortal poems and songs included here, each preceded by an illuminating headnote, will remind every reader of the richness and variety of the poetry of America and its people.

 

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Contents

The Prologue
2
The Author to Her Book
5
Before the Birth of One of Her Children
6
To My Dear and Loving Husband
8
Amazing Grace
9
Yankee Doodle Dandy traditional
11
The StarSpangled Banner
13
A Visit from St Nicholas
15
The Cremation of Sam McGee
156
The Shooting of Dan McGrew
161
Lift Every Voice and Sing
165
We Wear the Mask
167
The Congo
168
A Decade
177
The Gift Outright
178
The Road Not Taken
180

Thanatopsis
18
Concord Hymn
22
Paul Reveres Ride
24
The Village Blacksmith
29
A Psalm of Life
32
Barbara Frietchie
34
SnowBound
38
Old Ironsides
59
The Chambered Nautilus
62
The Deacons Masterpiece or The Wonderful OneHoss Shay
64
The Raven
69
To Helen
75
The Bells
76
What Is So Rare As a Day in June from The Vision of Sir Launfal
80
Billy in the Darbies
83
What is the grass from Leaves of Grass
86
Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking
88
Crossing Brooklyn Ferry
96
A Noiseless Patient Spider
104
I Hear America Singing
105
When I Heard the Learnd Astronomer
106
When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomd
107
BattleHymn of the Republic
119
Go Down Moses traditional
121
Follow the Drinking Gourd
123
Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair
125
Old Folks at Home
127
Wild nightswild nights
130
There is no frigate like a book
131
Hope is the thing with feathers
132
I taste a liquor never brewed
133
Im nobody Who are you?
134
Because I could not stop for Death
135
The Face on the Barroom Floor
136
Git Along Little Dogies traditional
140
Sioux Ghost Dance
143
The New Colossus
145
Little Boy Blue
146
Casey at the Bat
148
Richard Cory
151
Anne Rutledge from Spoon River Anthology
153
A Man Said to the Universe
154
In the Desert from The Black Riders and Other Lines
155
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
182
Mending Wall
183
Death of the Hired Man
185
Chicago
192
Fog
194
Grass
195
The Emperor of IceCream
196
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
198
Home
202
The Red Wheelbarrow
204
This Is Just to Say
205
Ancient Music
206
Trees
207
Poetry
209
The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock
212
The Waste Land
219
First Fig
240
I Being Born a Woman and Distressed
241
Spring
242
Recuerdo
243
Second Fig
244
Résumé
245
Buffalo Bills
246
In Just
247
To Brooklyn Bridge
249
Dream Deferred
253
Mother to Son
254
Song of the Open Road
255
Reflections on Icebreaking
256
Cross Roads Blues
258
Stagger Lee traditional
259
One Art
261
This Land Is Your Land
263
The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner
265
For the Union Dead
266
We Real Cool
270
Sound Off Marching Cadence Count derived from the Duckworth Chant originally attributed to Pvt Willie Duckworth
271
The Day Lady Died
276
A Supermarket in California
278
Daddy
280
Taking Off Emily Dickinsons Clothes
284
Permissions
287
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Leslie M. Pockell is an editor at a major publishing house in New York. He is has compiled several highly acclaimed poetry collections, including the bestselling The 100 Best Poems of All Time.

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