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Here is a treasure-house of over seven centuries of English poetry, chosen and launched by Christopher Ricks, whom Auden described as 'precisely the type of critic each poet goals of discovering'. The Oxford Book of English Verse, created in 1900 by Arthur Quiller-Couch and chosen anew in 1972 by Helen Gardner, has established itself because the foremost anthology of English poetry: ample in span, liberal within the varieties of poetry introduced. This fully recent choice brings in new poems and poets from all ages, and extends the vary by one other half-century, to incorporate many twentieth-century figures not featured earlier than - amongst them Philip Larkin and Samuel Beckett, Thom Gunn and Elaine Feinstein - proper as much as Ted Hughes and Seamus Heaney., Here, as earlier than, are lyric (starting with medieval track), satire, hymn, ode, sonnet, elegy, ballad ...but additionally varieties of poetry not beforehand admitted: the riches of dramatic verse by Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson, Webster; nice works of translation which are themselves true English poetry, equivalent to Chapman's Homer (bringing in its glad wake Keats's 'On First Looking into Chapman's Homer'), Dryden's Juvenal, and plenty of others; well-loved nursery rhymes, limericks, even clerihews. English poetry from all elements of the British Isles is firmly represented - Henryson and MacDiarmid, for instance, now be part of Dunbar and Burns from Scotland; James Henry, Austin Clarke, and J. M., Synge now be part of Allingham and Yeats from Ireland; R. S. Thomas joins Dylan Thomas from Wales - and Edward Taylor and Anne Bradstreet, writing in America earlier than its independence within the 1770s, are given a rightful and rewarding place., Some of the best lengthy poems are right here of their entirety - Wordsworth's 'Tintern Abbey', Coleridge's 'Rime of the Ancient Mariner', and Christina Rossetti's 'Goblin Market' - alongside some of the shortest, haikus, squibs, and epigrams. Generous and wide-ranging, mixing conversant in recent delights, that is an anthology to maneuver and delighNew
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