Synopses & Reviews
Verses to move you, lines you'll love, from old favorites to modern classics, here are the words we live by.
This perfect poetry companion puts your favorite poetry and poets from around the world at your fingertips. By including only the best-loved or best-known work of each poet, this portable treasury offers the opportunity for every reader to...
Revisit the Classics:
- "Sonnet 18 (Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer's Day)" by William Shakespeare
- "The Raven" by Edgar Allan Poe
- "Harlem (Dream Deferred)" by Langston Hughes
Encounter unfamiliar masterworks:
- "Moonlit Night" by Tu Fu
- "Poetry" by Pablo Neruda
- "The Panther" by Rainer Maria Rilke
Rediscover old favorites:
- "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement Clarke Moore
- "This Land Is Your Land" by Woodie Guthrie
- "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Thayer
Carry this book wherever you go. Enjoy these poems in quiet solitude, recite them aloud with friends, and through them continue to learn something new about the world each day you read one of The 100 Best Poems of All Time
. You'll find...
Lines to transport you to another world...
"Midway upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark..."
-from "Inferno" by Dante Alighieri
Expressions of passionate love...
"If I meet
you suddenly, I can't
speak-my tongue is broken;
a thin flame runs under
-from "He Is More than a Hero" by Sappho
Words that voice our innermost feelings...
"Where is Echo, beheld of no man,
Only heard on river and mere,
She whose beauty was more than human?
But where are the snows of yester-year?..."
-from "The Ballad of Ladies of the Past" by François Villon
Poems of beauty and bravery...
"She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies..."
-from "She Walks in Beauty" by Lord Byron
Words to touch and challenge you...
"What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?..."
-from "Harlem (Dream Deferred)" by Langston Hughes
And verses that will make you smile...
"It looked extremely rocky for the Mudville Nine that day;
The score stood two to four, with but an inning left to play...."
-from "Casey at the Bat" by Ernest Thayer
"While one may disagree with some of the choices, this has considerable breadth for such a slim volume." Kirkus Reviews
This compact volume features the greatest hits collection of the 100 best poems ever written. The authors are each represented by one of his or her best-known and best-loved works. Each poem is introduced by a brief head note which details the poet's life history as well as the poem's significance.
This poetry companion puts favourite poetry and poets from around the world at your fingertips, enabling you to revisit the classics, encounter unfamiliar masterworks and rediscover old favourites.