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"The Great Modern Poets" is the perfect introduction to the twentieth and twenty-first century poets and their best poetry. Over 100 complete and unabridged poems are accompanied by a concise text that provides insight, observations, and a historical context for each poet and their work.


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"The Great Modern Poets" is the perfect introduction to the twentieth and twenty-first century poets and their best poetry. Over 100 complete and unabridged poems are accompanied by a concise text that provides insight, observations, and a historical context for each poet and their work.

30 review for The Great Modern Poets: An Anthology of the Best Poets and Poetry Since 1900

  1. 5 out of 5

    Inkspill

    Below is a list of the 50 different modern poets in this book, between them there are 159 poems. Each poet’s work follows a photo of good quality and takes one page and a short bio. Most poets work is printed across two pages, the space is used economically, it’s surprising how many they many to fit on some pages but the font is clear and sharp, making it easy to read the poem and follow the lines. On some pages there are captions in large lighter texts of extracts from the poem on that page. Th Below is a list of the 50 different modern poets in this book, between them there are 159 poems. Each poet’s work follows a photo of good quality and takes one page and a short bio. Most poets work is printed across two pages, the space is used economically, it’s surprising how many they many to fit on some pages but the font is clear and sharp, making it easy to read the poem and follow the lines. On some pages there are captions in large lighter texts of extracts from the poem on that page. This does not make the page look crowded, it feels like a lot of thought has gone into how the poems in this book are arranged; the worse thing is a poor layout and low-quality print so I spend more time understanding how to read that poem than connecting with it, hence, this was a pleasurable read. Over half the poets in this book were completely new to me, and of the ones I had their poems in this book were new to me. So, this was a brilliant start, you could call it a springboard, for me to be introduced to so many different styles and usage of language that we call poetry. Overall, the poems are delightful minus the handful that plodded and looked dull next to the dynamic and imaginative. I also found the intro and glossary helpful. More and more I am buying my books on kindle but this one reminds me why physical books will always leave their mark. As a whole, with the layout and photos of each poet, it’s a wonderful and thoughtful book which I am pleased to have discovered by complete chance. The Poets in this book, in the order they are printed: Thomas Hardy; A.E. Housman; Rudyard Kipling; W.B. Yeats; Charlotte Mew; Robert Frost; Edward Thomas; Wallace Stevens; William Carlos Williams; D.H. Lawrence; Ezra Pound; Robinson Jeffers; Marianne Moore; T.S. Eliot; Hugh MacDiarmid; Edna St. Vincent Millay; Wilfred Owen; E.E. Cummings; Robert Graves; Allen Tate; Basil Bunting; Laura Riding; Langston Hughes; John Betjeman; W.H. Auden; Elizabeth Bishop; C.H. Sisson; Dylan Thomas; Robert Lowell; W.S. Graham; Keith Douglas; Edwin Morgan; Donald Davie; Philip Larkin; James K. Baxter; Allen Ginsberg; Frank O'Hara; John Ashbery; Thomas Kinsella; Thom Gunn; Adrienne Rich; Kamau Brathwaite; Ted Hughes; Derek Walcott; Geoffrey Hill; Sylvia Plath; Les Murray; Seamus Heaney; Eavan Bolan; and James Fenton. This review is based on: The edition I am reading is a mix of what I could select from Goodreads. This review is of a paperback edition, 224 pages, printed in 2009 (originally printed in 2006), with a subtitle “The Best Poetry of Our Times”. The Photo cover is from this edition , mine did not include a CD so the photo takes more of the page. It’s edited by Michael Schmidt.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tara Larsen

    such a great anthology, highly recommend for a brief and vast overview of the well-known greats.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Julian Mirano

    Throughout my whole life I have always tried to be different. I think we all try to do that. We listen to a band and say this band is for me and it makes me who I am and I know something about it that you don't. We try to dress differently. We create a persona on where we shop, what we eat, and the movies we like to watch. And yet, where is the matrix to this culture for the obtuse? It seems that it can be found in the poetry of the modernists. Where here, a love for what is new and what is diffe Throughout my whole life I have always tried to be different. I think we all try to do that. We listen to a band and say this band is for me and it makes me who I am and I know something about it that you don't. We try to dress differently. We create a persona on where we shop, what we eat, and the movies we like to watch. And yet, where is the matrix to this culture for the obtuse? It seems that it can be found in the poetry of the modernists. Where here, a love for what is new and what is different was found--and this new, this different, is a culture that even to this day has yet to become old.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Aidan

    Disappointing. The biographical bits of the introductions were interesting, but then tended to lapse into pretentious waffle. Also, very male heavy, surely there are more modern female poets than the few here!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cary Neeper

    Twentieth century authors featured in this book are treated to a very useful biography that focuses on the way their lives impacted their writing and how that writing differs from other poets. Following each biography is a selection of several of the poet's poems. Michael Schmidt does not date them, however, which would be a help in understanding a bit about why the poet wrote them. Schmidt recommends reading poems three times out loud in order to get the full impact of the work. Amazing what tha Twentieth century authors featured in this book are treated to a very useful biography that focuses on the way their lives impacted their writing and how that writing differs from other poets. Following each biography is a selection of several of the poet's poems. Michael Schmidt does not date them, however, which would be a help in understanding a bit about why the poet wrote them. Schmidt recommends reading poems three times out loud in order to get the full impact of the work. Amazing what that does for a poem!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cyril

    This is the perfect gift for anyone who loves poetry. It is the perfect book to buy for yourself if you like Poetry :) In it you will find ~ 50 of the most important (English language) Poets 150 of their poems, an average of 3 per poet A brief bio, and a conversation about the value/role of their poetry A fine black and White photograph of each poet, something of a work of art in itself This is a reference I think I will find myself turning to regularly; for all the reasons listed above.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    This book doesn't embrace multiculturalism (and I even mean white women poets) but it's a handsome volume that includes some of the familiar modern greats (Frost, Yeats, Stevens) with some much-less anthologized fine poets, such as Basil Bunting, Laura Riding, and the late, great Thom Gunn. It's great to see photographs of the poets next to their works; some of their lines are written on their faces.

  8. 5 out of 5

    J.E.

    Note: This is not what I think of the poetry itself! This is simply a terrific book for trying to find what poets you would be interested in reading, which ones are not as good, and maybe even which ones you may want to avoid. What makes it work so well at this is that Schmidt put in a great variety of topics and styles. Good (and bad) news: it helped me increase the size of my to-read list.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Graham

    Though I love language and assumed a love for poetry, reading this book felt incredibly tedious for me. I clearly lack education about "great poetry" and I felt utterly baffled by the inclusion of most of the selections. I've read many pieces I would consider superior to those in the book. It must surely be me!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    I loved rereading old friends, and his one page combination biography and synopsis of the 50 poets he chose. Of course I disagreed with a few of the choices and omissions--but it would be impossible to make a list of 50 everyone agreed with. And a new discovery--I don't know the work of Charlotte Mew, but now I want to read more of her.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Nguyen

    The classics--an anthology of the "best" English language poets since 1990. 50 of the greats and 150 of their poems. It also comes with an 80 min. audio CD of some of the poets reading their own work. Ahh. . .

  12. 5 out of 5

    Richard Kinsella

    For anyone wishing to broaden their knowledge of poetry from some of the great poets of the 20th. century, I would strongly recommend this book. Attached is a CD with the actual recorded voice of each poet.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sasha

    A little light on great modern poets of color...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Joe Loftus

    Great anthology for dipping in and out of. Misses some great modern poets out and some even better poems, but then again - you can hardly cover everything in one book alone.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Paige White

    If you enjoy reading about depressed and/or confused people, read this...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Risa

    Great Modern Poets by Michael Schmidt (2006)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Abigail Marie

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Wills

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mr Richard P Hill

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michael Powell

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

  22. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

  23. 4 out of 5

    Claudia Ruoff

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mariam Nordberg

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Pike

  26. 5 out of 5

    Daphne Gawne

  27. 4 out of 5

    Terry Wheeler

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline corkish

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mark Rice

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