Star Wars Sale
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN!

Weekly drawing for $100 credit. Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

More at Powell's


Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | June 20, 2014

Lauren Owen: IMG The Other Vampire



It's a wild and thundery night. Inside a ramshackle old manor house, a beautiful young girl lies asleep in bed. At the window, a figure watches... Continue »
  1. $18.90 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    The Quick

    Lauren Owen 9780812993271

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$9.95
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Poetry- Anthologies

More copies of this ISBN

This title in other editions

100 Essential American Poems

by

100 Essential American Poems Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

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.

The understanding of the United States—its history, its traditions, even the distinctly American voice—is largely determined by literature. Gathered in this rewarding and thought-provoking book are poems that have been essential components of our common American culture, from the earliest days of the nation through canonic works of the nineteenth century and up to the present day. 100 Essential American Poems includes works by such familiar figures as Longfellow, Poe, and Whitman, and popular classics like “A Visit from St. Nicholas” and “Casey at the Bat.”  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,” which represent another facet of American literary tradition! The immortal poems and songs included here, each preceded by an illuminating headnote, will remind the reader of the richness and variety of the poetry of America and its people.

"[Pockell] focuses on poems that have fueled the American identity. Covering 400 years, the poems range from classic, to familiar (and for nostalgics, poems most likely memorized and recited), to those that touch upon the seminal events in America's history. The collection aims to present an evolving American 'voice' while following the country's growth in human rights, feminism and diversity. A short author bio prefaces each selection . . . A work that serves as reference, comfort, and a reminder poetry's significance in the everyday experience of American life, this is a volume worthy of any shelf."—Publishers Weekly
"Pockell, associate publisher at Time Warner Books Group, focuses on poems that have fueled the American identity. Covering 400 years, the poems range from classic, to familiar (and for nostalgics, poems most likely memorized and recited), to those that touch upon the seminal events in America's history. The collection aims to present an evolving American 'voice' while following the country's growth in human rights, feminism and diversity. A short author bio prefaces each selection, beginning with the 17th century's Anne Bradstreet, who celebrates being female in a harsh environment. Well known names like Herman Melville, Emily Dickenson, William Carlos Williams, Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath are represented by their seminal works, and the beauty of this collection is the coming together of the best loved poems of the best loved American poets. A work that serves as reference, comfort, and a reminder poetry's significance in the everyday experience of American life, this is a volume worthy of any shelf."—Publishers Weekly

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Prologue by Anne Bradstreet

The Author to Her Book by Anne Bradstreet

Before the Birth of One of Her Children by Anne Bradstreet

To My Dear and Loving Husband by Anne Bradstreet

Amazing Grace by John Newton

Yankee Doodle Dandy (traditional)

The Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key

A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore

Thanatopsis by William Cullen Bryant

Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Paul Reveres Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Barbara Frietchie by John Greenleaf Whittier

Snow-Bound by John Greenleaf Whittier

Old Ironsides by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Chambered Nautilus by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Deacons Masterpiece, or The Wonderful “One-Hoss Shay” by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

To Helen by Edgar Allan Poe

The Bells by Edgar Allan Poe

What Is So Rare As a Day in June from “The Vision of Sir Launfal” by James Russell Lowell

Billy in the Darbies by Herman Melville

What is the grass from Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking by Walt Whitman

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry by Walt Whitman

A Noiseless Patient Spider by Walt Whitman

I Hear America Singing by Walt Whitman

When I Heard the Learnd Astronomer by Walt Whitman

When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomd by Walt Whitman

Battle-Hymn of the Republic by Julia Ward Howe

Go Down, Moses (traditional)

Follow the Drinking Gourd (traditional)

Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair by Stephen C. Foster

Old Folks at Home by Stephen C. Foster

Wild nights!—wild nights! by Emily Dickinson

There is no frigate like a book by Emily Dickinson

“Hope” is the thing with feathers by Emily Dickinson

I taste a liquor never brewed by Emily Dickinson

Im nobody! Who are you? by Emily Dickinson

Because I could not stop for Death by Emily Dickinson

The Face on the Barroom Floor by Hugh Antoine DArcy

Git Along, Little Dogies (traditional)

Sioux Ghost Dance (translated by James Mooney)

The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus

Little Boy Blue by Eugene Field

Casey at the Bat by Ernest Thayer

Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Anne Rutledge from Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters

A Man Said to the Universe by Stephen Crane

In the Desert (from The Black Riders and Other Lines) by Stephen Crane

The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert W. Service

The Shooting of Dan McGrew by Robert W. Service

Lift Every Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson

We Wear the Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar

The Congo by Vachel Lindsay

A Decade by Amy Lowell

The Gift Outright by Robert Frost

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

Mending Wall by Robert Frost

Death of the Hired Man by Robert Frost

Chicago by Carl Sandburg

Fog by Carl Sandburg

Grass by Carl Sandburg

The Emperor of Ice-Cream by Wallace Stevens

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Wallace Stevens

Home by Edgar Guest

The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams

This Is Just to Say by William Carlos Williams

Ancient Music by Ezra Pound

Trees by Joyce Kilmer

Poetry by Marianne Moore

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by Thomas Stearns Eliot

The Waste Land by Thomas Stearns Eliot

First Fig by Edna St. Vincent Millay

I, Being Born a Woman and Distressed by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Spring by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Recuerdo by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Second Fig by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Résumé by Dorothy Parker

Buffalo Bills by E. E. Cummings

In Just- by E.E. Cummings

Proem: To Brooklyn Bridge by Hart Crane

Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes

Mother to Son by Langston Hughes

Song of the Open Road by Ogden Nash

Reflections on Ice-breaking by Ogden Nash

Cross Roads Blues by Robert Johnson

Stagger Lee (traditional)

One Art by Elizabeth Bishop

This Land Is Your Land by Woody Guthrie

The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner by Randall Jarrell

For the Union Dead by Robert Lowell

We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks

Sound Off Marching Cadence Count (derived from the Duckworth Chant, originally attributed to

Pvt. Willie Duckworth)

The Day Lady Died by Frank OHara

A Supermarket in California by Allen Ginsberg

Daddy by Sylvia Plath

Taking Off Emily Dickinsons Clothes by Billy Collins

Review:

"In this poetry collection, Pockell (100 Poems to Lift Your Spirits), associate publisher at Time Warner Books Group, focuses on poems that have fueled the American identity. Covering 400 years, the poems range from classic, to familiar (and for nostalgics, poems most likely memorized and recited), to those that touch upon the seminal events in America's history. The collection aims to present an evolving American 'voice' while following the country's growth in human rights, feminism and diversity. A short author bio prefaces each selection, beginning with the 17th century's Anne Bradstreet, who celebrates being female in a harsh environment. Well known names like Herman Melville, Emily Dickenson, William Carlos Williams, Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath are represented by their seminal works, and the beauty of this collection is the coming together of the best loved poems of the best loved American poets. A work that serves as reference, comfort, and a reminder poetry's significance in the everyday experience of American life, this is a volume worthy of any shelf." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Favorite American poets--including Longfellow, Whitman, Dickinson, and Poe--are represented in this collection that is being published just in time for National Poetry Month.

Synopsis:

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.

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.

The understanding of the United States--its history, its traditions, even the distinctly American voice--is largely determined by literature. Gathered in this rewarding and thought-provoking book are poems that have been essential components of our common American culture, from the earliest days of the nation through canonic works of the nineteenth century and up to the present day. 100 Essential American Poems includes works by such familiar figures as Longfellow, Poe, and Whitman, and popular classics like A Visit from St. Nicholas and Casey at the Bat. 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, which represent another facet of American literary tradition The immortal poems and songs included here, each preceded by an illuminating headnote, will remind the reader of the richness and variety of the poetry of America and its people. Pockell] focuses on poems that have fueled the American identity. Covering 400 years, the poems range from classic, to familiar (and for nostalgics, poems most likely memorized and recited), to those that touch upon the seminal events in America's history. The collection aims to present an evolving American 'voice' while following the country's growth in human rights, feminism and diversity. A short author bio prefaces each selection . . . A work that serves as reference, comfort, and a reminder poetry's significance in the everyday experience of American life, this is a volume worthy of any shelf.--Publishers Weekly Pockell, associate publisher at Time Warner Books Group, focuses on poems that have fueled the American identity. Covering 400 years, the poems range from classic, to familiar (and for nostalgics, poems most likely memorized and recited), to those that touch upon the seminal events in America's history. The collection aims to present an evolving American 'voice' while following the country's growth in human rights, feminism and diversity. A short author bio prefaces each selection, beginning with the 17th century's Anne Bradstreet, who celebrates being female in a harsh environment. Well known names like Herman Melville, Emily Dickenson, William Carlos Williams, Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath are represented by their seminal works, and the beauty of this collection is the coming together of the best loved poems of the best loved American poets. A work that serves as reference, comfort, and a reminder poetry's significance in the everyday experience of American life, this is a volume worthy of any shelf.--Publishers Weekly

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Prologue by Anne Bradstreet

The Author to Her Book by Anne Bradstreet

Before the Birth of One of Her Children by Anne Bradstreet

To My Dear and Loving Husband by Anne Bradstreet

Amazing Grace by John Newton

Yankee Doodle Dandy (traditional)

The Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key

A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore

Thanatopsis by William Cullen Bryant

Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Barbara Frietchie by John Greenleaf Whittier

Snow-Bound by John Greenleaf Whittier

Old Ironsides by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Chambered Nautilus by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Deacon's Masterpiece, or The Wonderful One-Hoss Shay by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

To Helen by Edgar Allan Poe

The Bells by Edgar Allan Poe

What Is So Rare As a Day in June from The Vision of Sir Launfal by James Russell Lowell

Billy in the Darbies by Herman Melville

What is the grass from Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking by Walt Whitman

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry by Walt Whitman

A Noiseless Patient Spider by Walt Whitman

I Hear America Singing by Walt Whitman

When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer by Walt Whitman

When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd by Walt Whitman

Battle-Hymn of the Republic by Julia Ward Howe

Go Down, Moses (traditional)

Follow the Drinking Gourd (traditional)

Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair by Stephen C. Foster

Old Folks at Home by Stephen C. Foster

Wild nights --wild nights by Emily Dickinson

There is no frigate like a book by Emily Dickinson

Hope is the thing with feathers by Emily Dickinson

I taste a liquor never brewed by Emily Dickinson

I'm nobody Who are you? by Emily Dickinson

Because I could not stop for Death by Emily Dickinson

The Face on the Barroom Floor by Hugh Antoine D'Arcy

Git Along, Little Dogies (traditional)

Sioux Ghost Dance (translated by James Mooney)

The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus

Little Boy Blue by Eugene Field

Casey at the Bat by Ernest Thayer

Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Anne Rutledge from Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters

A Man Said to the Universe by Stephen Crane

In the Desert (from The Black Riders and Other Lines) by Stephen Crane

The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert W. Service

The Shooting of Dan McGrew by Robert W. Service

Lift Every Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson

We Wear the Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar

The Congo by Vachel Lindsay

A Decade by Amy Lowell

The Gift Outright by Robert Frost

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

Mending Wall by Robert Frost

Death of the Hired Man by Robert Frost

Chicago by Carl Sandburg

Fog by Carl Sandburg

Grass by Carl Sandburg

The Emperor of Ice-Cream by Wallace Stevens

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Wallace Stevens

Home by Edgar Guest

The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams

This Is Just to Say by William Carlos Williams

Ancient Music by Ezra Pound

Trees by Joyce Kilmer

Poetry by Marianne Moore

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by Thomas Stearns Eliot

The Waste Land by Thomas Stearns Eliot

First Fig by Edna St. Vincent Millay

I, Being Born a Woman and Distressed by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Spring by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Recuerdo by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Second Fig by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Resume by Dorothy Parker

Buffalo Bill's by E. E. Cummings

In Just- by E.E. Cummings

Proem: To Brooklyn Bridge by Hart Crane

Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes

Mother to Son by Langston Hughes

Song of the Open Road by Ogden Nash

Reflections on Ice-breaking by Ogden Nash

Cross Roads Blues by Robert Johnson

Stagger Lee (traditional)

One Art by Elizabeth Bishop

This Land Is Your Land by Woody Guthrie

The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner by Randall Jarrell

For the Union Dead by Robert Lowell

We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks

Sound Off Marching Cadence Count (derived from the Duckworth Chant, originally attributed to

Pvt. Willie Duckworth)

The Day Lady Died by Frank O'Hara

A Supermarket in California by Allen Ginsberg

Daddy by Sylvia Plath

Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Clothes by Billy Collins

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

LES POCKELL is associate publisher at Hachette Book Group. He is the author of several highly acclaimed poetry collections, including the best selling 100 Poems to Lift Your Spirits.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312369804
Author:
Pockell, Leslie M
Publisher:
Thomas Dunne Books
Editor:
Pockell, Leslie M.
Author:
Pockell, Leslie M.
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Subject:
American poetry
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry -Anthologies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20090331
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.67 x 5.76 x 1.18 in

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » American » Poetry
Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » Poetry
Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Poetry » Anthologies

100 Essential American Poems Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$9.95 In Stock
Product details 304 pages Thomas Dunne Books - English 9780312369804 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this poetry collection, Pockell (100 Poems to Lift Your Spirits), associate publisher at Time Warner Books Group, focuses on poems that have fueled the American identity. Covering 400 years, the poems range from classic, to familiar (and for nostalgics, poems most likely memorized and recited), to those that touch upon the seminal events in America's history. The collection aims to present an evolving American 'voice' while following the country's growth in human rights, feminism and diversity. A short author bio prefaces each selection, beginning with the 17th century's Anne Bradstreet, who celebrates being female in a harsh environment. Well known names like Herman Melville, Emily Dickenson, William Carlos Williams, Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath are represented by their seminal works, and the beauty of this collection is the coming together of the best loved poems of the best loved American poets. A work that serves as reference, comfort, and a reminder poetry's significance in the everyday experience of American life, this is a volume worthy of any shelf." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Favorite American poets--including Longfellow, Whitman, Dickinson, and Poe--are represented in this collection that is being published just in time for National Poetry Month.
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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.

The understanding of the United States--its history, its traditions, even the distinctly American voice--is largely determined by literature. Gathered in this rewarding and thought-provoking book are poems that have been essential components of our common American culture, from the earliest days of the nation through canonic works of the nineteenth century and up to the present day. 100 Essential American Poems includes works by such familiar figures as Longfellow, Poe, and Whitman, and popular classics like A Visit from St. Nicholas and Casey at the Bat. 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, which represent another facet of American literary tradition The immortal poems and songs included here, each preceded by an illuminating headnote, will remind the reader of the richness and variety of the poetry of America and its people. Pockell] focuses on poems that have fueled the American identity. Covering 400 years, the poems range from classic, to familiar (and for nostalgics, poems most likely memorized and recited), to those that touch upon the seminal events in America's history. The collection aims to present an evolving American 'voice' while following the country's growth in human rights, feminism and diversity. A short author bio prefaces each selection . . . A work that serves as reference, comfort, and a reminder poetry's significance in the everyday experience of American life, this is a volume worthy of any shelf.--Publishers Weekly Pockell, associate publisher at Time Warner Books Group, focuses on poems that have fueled the American identity. Covering 400 years, the poems range from classic, to familiar (and for nostalgics, poems most likely memorized and recited), to those that touch upon the seminal events in America's history. The collection aims to present an evolving American 'voice' while following the country's growth in human rights, feminism and diversity. A short author bio prefaces each selection, beginning with the 17th century's Anne Bradstreet, who celebrates being female in a harsh environment. Well known names like Herman Melville, Emily Dickenson, William Carlos Williams, Langston Hughes, Sylvia Plath are represented by their seminal works, and the beauty of this collection is the coming together of the best loved poems of the best loved American poets. A work that serves as reference, comfort, and a reminder poetry's significance in the everyday experience of American life, this is a volume worthy of any shelf.--Publishers Weekly

Table of Contents

Introduction

The Prologue by Anne Bradstreet

The Author to Her Book by Anne Bradstreet

Before the Birth of One of Her Children by Anne Bradstreet

To My Dear and Loving Husband by Anne Bradstreet

Amazing Grace by John Newton

Yankee Doodle Dandy (traditional)

The Star-Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key

A Visit from St. Nicholas by Clement Clarke Moore

Thanatopsis by William Cullen Bryant

Concord Hymn by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The Village Blacksmith by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Barbara Frietchie by John Greenleaf Whittier

Snow-Bound by John Greenleaf Whittier

Old Ironsides by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Chambered Nautilus by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Deacon's Masterpiece, or The Wonderful One-Hoss Shay by Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

To Helen by Edgar Allan Poe

The Bells by Edgar Allan Poe

What Is So Rare As a Day in June from The Vision of Sir Launfal by James Russell Lowell

Billy in the Darbies by Herman Melville

What is the grass from Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking by Walt Whitman

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry by Walt Whitman

A Noiseless Patient Spider by Walt Whitman

I Hear America Singing by Walt Whitman

When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer by Walt Whitman

When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd by Walt Whitman

Battle-Hymn of the Republic by Julia Ward Howe

Go Down, Moses (traditional)

Follow the Drinking Gourd (traditional)

Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair by Stephen C. Foster

Old Folks at Home by Stephen C. Foster

Wild nights --wild nights by Emily Dickinson

There is no frigate like a book by Emily Dickinson

Hope is the thing with feathers by Emily Dickinson

I taste a liquor never brewed by Emily Dickinson

I'm nobody Who are you? by Emily Dickinson

Because I could not stop for Death by Emily Dickinson

The Face on the Barroom Floor by Hugh Antoine D'Arcy

Git Along, Little Dogies (traditional)

Sioux Ghost Dance (translated by James Mooney)

The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus

Little Boy Blue by Eugene Field

Casey at the Bat by Ernest Thayer

Richard Cory by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Anne Rutledge from Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters

A Man Said to the Universe by Stephen Crane

In the Desert (from The Black Riders and Other Lines) by Stephen Crane

The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert W. Service

The Shooting of Dan McGrew by Robert W. Service

Lift Every Voice and Sing by James Weldon Johnson

We Wear the Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar

The Congo by Vachel Lindsay

A Decade by Amy Lowell

The Gift Outright by Robert Frost

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

Mending Wall by Robert Frost

Death of the Hired Man by Robert Frost

Chicago by Carl Sandburg

Fog by Carl Sandburg

Grass by Carl Sandburg

The Emperor of Ice-Cream by Wallace Stevens

Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Wallace Stevens

Home by Edgar Guest

The Red Wheelbarrow by William Carlos Williams

This Is Just to Say by William Carlos Williams

Ancient Music by Ezra Pound

Trees by Joyce Kilmer

Poetry by Marianne Moore

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by Thomas Stearns Eliot

The Waste Land by Thomas Stearns Eliot

First Fig by Edna St. Vincent Millay

I, Being Born a Woman and Distressed by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Spring by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Recuerdo by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Second Fig by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Resume by Dorothy Parker

Buffalo Bill's by E. E. Cummings

In Just- by E.E. Cummings

Proem: To Brooklyn Bridge by Hart Crane

Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes

Mother to Son by Langston Hughes

Song of the Open Road by Ogden Nash

Reflections on Ice-breaking by Ogden Nash

Cross Roads Blues by Robert Johnson

Stagger Lee (traditional)

One Art by Elizabeth Bishop

This Land Is Your Land by Woody Guthrie

The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner by Randall Jarrell

For the Union Dead by Robert Lowell

We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks

Sound Off Marching Cadence Count (derived from the Duckworth Chant, originally attributed to

Pvt. Willie Duckworth)

The Day Lady Died by Frank O'Hara

A Supermarket in California by Allen Ginsberg

Daddy by Sylvia Plath

Taking Off Emily Dickinson's Clothes by Billy Collins

"Synopsis" by ,

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.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.