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Immortal Poems of the English Language: An Anthology


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Publisher Comments:

Immortal Poems

Here is the most inclusive anthology of verse ever published at so low a price. It contains not only the best-known works of the British and American masters but also the verse of the most brillant poets of our own day. Oscar Williams, who compiled Immortal Poems, was a distinguished editor and poet in his own right, of whom Robert Lowell wrote in the Sewanee Review: "Mr. Williams is probably the best anthologist in America today."


Collection which includes not only the best-known works of the British and American masters but also the verse of the most brilliant poets of our own day.

About the Author

Oscar Williams (1900-1964), editor of this book, was himself a distinguished poet. The author of five books of poetry, including That's All That Matters and Selected Poems, he has been called "clever, disconcerting, rash" (Lionel Abel) and "a very real and important poet...(whose) powerful imagery and unique personal idiom will add a permanent page to American poetry" (Dylan Thomas).

Mr. Williams achieved literary distinction not only as a highly original and vigorous American poet, but also as one of the great poetry anthologists of his time. His most outstanding anthologies are "The Little Treasury Series," The War Poets, Immortal Poems of the English Language, The Pocket Book of Modern Verse and The New Pocket Anthology of American Verse, the latter three published by Pocket Books. These are accepted as present-day classics in their fields and are in wide use in colleges and universities. Other anthologies include a revised edition of Palgrave's The Golden Treasury, The Major British Poets, The Major American Poets, and The Silver Treasury of Light Verse.

Mr. Williams' last and most ambitious anthology was Master Poems of the English Language, now also published by Pocket Books. A huge work of over 1100 pages, illustrated with portraits of the poets and combining a comprehensive anthology with a broad sampling of critical writing, it is a superb contribution by the man Robert Lowell called "probably the best anthologist in America."

Table of Contents


Geoffrey Chaucer

John Skelton

Anonymous: Songs & Ballads

Sir Thomas Wyatt

Sir Philip Sidney

Sir Walter Raleigh

Sir Edward Dyer

Edmund Spenser

George Peele

Samuel Daniel

Michael Drayton

Christopher Marlowe

William Shakespeare

Thomas Nashe

Thomas Campion

Ben Jonson

John Donne

John Webster

Robert Herrick

George Herbert

James Shirley

Thomas Carew

Edmund Waller

John Milton

Sir John Suckling

William Cartwright

Richard Crashaw

Richard Lovelace

Abraham Cowley

Andrew Marvell

Henry Vaughan

John Dryden

Thomas Traherne

William Douglas

George Berkeley

John Gay

Alexander Pope

William Oldys

Thomas Gray

William Collins

Christopher Smart

Oliver Goldsmith

William Cowper

Thomas Chatterton

William Blake

Robert Burns

William Wordsworth

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Thomas Campbell

Walter Savage Landor

Thomas Moore

Leigh Hunt

George Gordon, Lord Byron

Percy Bysshe Shelley

William Cullen Bryant

John Keats

Thomas Hood

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thomas Lovell Beddoes

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

John Greenleaf Whittier

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Edward FitzGerald

Edgar Allan Poe

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Robert Browning

Edward Lear

Emily Brontë

James Russell Lowell

Herman Melville

Walt Whitman

Charles Kingsley

Arthur Hugh Clough

Julia Ward Howe

Matthew Arnold

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

George Meredith

Christina Rossetti

Emily Dickinson

Lewis Carroll (C. L. Dodgson)

Sir W. S. Gilbert

Algernon Charles Swinburne

Thomas Hardy

Sidney Lanier

Gerard Manley Hopkins

Robert Bridges

William Ernest Henley

Francis Thompson

John Davidson

A. E. Housman

George Santayana

William Butler Yeats

Rudyard Kipling

Ernest Dowson

Edgar Lee Masters

Edwin Arlington Robinson

W. H. Davies

Walter De La Mare

Robert Frost

John Masefield

Sarah N. Cleghorn

Carl Sandburg

Harold Monro

Vachel Lindsay

Wallace Stevens

William Carlos Williams

Elinor Wylie

D. H. Lawrence

Ezra Pound

Rupert Brooke

Robinson Jeffers

Edwin Muir

Marianne Moore

Thomas Stearns Eliot

John Crowe Ransom

Conrad Aiken

Edna St. Vincent Millay

John Peale Bishop

Archibald MacLeish

Wilfred Owen

E. E. Cummings

Robert Graves

F. R. Higgins

Allen Tate

Hart Crane

Oscar Williams

Ogden Nash

C. Day Lewis

Richard Eberhart

Peter Quennell

Esther Mathews

William Empson

Vernon Watkins

W. H. Auden

Louis MacNeice

Stephen Spender

Alfred Hayes

W. R. Rodgers

Elizabeth Bishop

Lawrence Durrell

F. T. Prince

Delmore Schwartz

Karl Shapiro

George Barker

Henry Reed

John Manifold

Robert Lowell

Gene Derwood

Dylan Thomas

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Index of Authors and Titles

Product Details

Williams, Oscar
Pocket Books
Williams, Oscar
Williams, Oscar
New York :
Anthologies (multiple authors)
American poetry
English poetry (collections)
English poetry
General Fiction
General Fiction
Poetry -Anthologies
Edition Description:
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
August 1983
Grade Level:
6.75 x 4.19 in 9.45 oz

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