Synopses & Reviews
Imagine if Billboard compiled a list of the top 100 poems, chosen not by critics or professors but by the people themselves. That's the concept behind The Classic Hundred, and it works brilliantly. William Harmon found the 100 most anthologized poems in English, based on the ninth edition of The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry--the most objective measurement of greatness available, representing consensus among the editors of some 400 anthologies. Then he put them in order and prefaced each one with concise, erudite, often humorous commentary. The range of poets, subjects, and forms--from Shakespeare to Frost, from love and death to crime and punishment, from sonnets to odes--makes this an entertaining, enlightening, and indispensable aural guide to the finest verse in the English language.
"What a great idea. . . . First of all it's interesting to see which poems make it, and then . . . you've got all those great poems."
--Roy Blount, Jr.
Why did no one think of this before?"
--The New York Times Review of Books The New York Times
"Why did no one think of this before?" New York Times Book Review
About the Author
WILLIAM HARMON is James Gordon Hanes Professor of the Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, author of five books of poetry and editor of A Handbook to Literature. His most recent poetry has appeared in Blink and Light.