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Pip Sueak Saves the Day Medici Books for Children jDeal with death And deal it to death in long drawn out mind numbing waysMark Strand said that the majority of the poets for this selection had to be born before 1927 I m not good at math but didn t the twentieth century go on for much longer than 1927As soon as I saw this book didn t have any e e cummings or Charles Bukowski I should haveust immediately

it back to the library few of these poems moved me in any way except for yawning The best poem is one by Odgen Nash called Very Like a Whale me in any way except for yawning The best poem is one by Odgen Nash called Very Like a Whale made fun of poets and their use and abuse of metaphor and simileThis is NOT the book to give someone to try to turn them on to poetry Poetry critics would like it However a poetry critic has different criteria for a poem than the average reader And the average reader is going to find this every off puttingGoing to avoid anything edited by Mark Strand from now on Might check out some 20th century Greek poets though Poetry really isn t my thing but at least I tried A very Different Personal And Stimulating personal and stimulating of 20th century poetry One poem per author makes this a guide to great poets rather than poems The usual suspects known to English language poetry readers like me are here Yeats Eliot Pound Auden Stevens Williams etc and also the most famous non English language poets Rilke Neruda Lorca et al The distinctive feature of the anthology is that Strand usually chooses lesser known works he has a good spread of mid to late 20th century American poets and above all he chooses poets I know only a little only by reputation or not at all Pessoa Amichi Prevert Szymbovska and many others In other words this is a very broad introduction to international 20th century poetry One caveat it covers poetry from Europe and the Americas but not Africa or Asia The most prominent theme is reflection on death ageing and impermanence and the recurrent style is expressionist and imagistic This too makes this a uite distinctive collection with pervasive sense of the sober and sombre The uality of the poetry is uneven but there is much to enjoy and it is hard to imagine the reader who won t also find much to discover. Ges I went into the neon fruit supermarket dreaming of your enumerations is echoed by other remarkable poets in this international collection of exciting and moving poems that are alike not in their length or for their status as seminal texts but because they are impossible to forg. Ng to find lesser known poems and poets though some big names are included There s a very very heavy bias toward free form poetry which might be an indication of POETRY TRENDS IN THE 20TH CENTURY trends in the 20th century the editor s taste I m not sure whichI did find a few poems I really enjoyed in the anthology and I hadn t read a single poem from this anthology before so it certainly wasn t ust the same usual setMy favorites includedThings I didn t Know I Loved by Nazim HikmetEncounter by Czeslaw MiloszVery Like A Whale by Ogden Nash for it s sheer cheekinessEin Leben by Dan PagisLullaby Moonlight Lingers by Robert Penn WarrenIn Memory of Eva Gore Booth and Con Markievicz by William YeatsSix out of 100 isn t a terribly great record which is why this anthology only gets three stars I do however appreciate the diversity of the work This was kind of meh The author has a bad case of American exceptionalism in the introduction he basically says I had to limit the number of American poems to 50% of the book because America has produced an astonishing number of excellent poets and I really liked the concept a poet sharing his favorite poems but was a little disappointed By Strand S Choices Strand s choices resulted in a pretty standard greats selection I d read pretty much everyhting here before and most of them weren t my favorites even within the corpus of the individual poets represented Strand explains at the beginning that he did not try to select the greatest poems nor to rank them but was trying to gather an international respresentation of great poetry written in the 20th century For each poet there was a biographic sketch in the Biographies section and I found that by reading the poet s biography first I was better able to appreciate the poetry knowing something about the time and situation from which it arose Strand seemed to have a taste similar to mine in that those he selected were not too abstract and tended to have concrete meaning with subtle symbolic overtones This collection was added to my reading list after enjoying Strand s Blizzard of One in 2007 It really should have been titled 100 Poems for Snobs Most of the poems. The Twentieth Century is intended as both a uniue compendium for the already well versed and as an engaging introduction for those new to the expansive world of poetry Alan Ginsberg's struggle What thoughts I have of you tonight Walt WhitmanIn my hungry fatigue and shopping for ima. I do really like anthologies yet overall this collection WAS OKAY I MUST MENTION THERE WERE A HANDFUL okay I must mention there were a handful exceptional poems that stood out among the mediocre and the painful to read Two I enjoyed were Hart Crane s My Grandmother s Love Letters and In The Waiting Room by Elizabeth Bishop ust to name a couple off the top of my head I think that it
really hard to make a poetry anthology because poetry is so personal a single poem will strike a chord with one person while it makes no sense to another If this was the top 100 poems of the twentieth century then the twentieth century left something to be desired in my opinion However because I found one or two complete gems in the anthology that I will read over and over I gave it three stars If a poetry anthology can be considered politically correct you ve got your volumeand that is what was wrong with it in my opinion I went for this book because poet Mark Strand edited it He died recently and I had gone to the library to get books of his poetry which were not available When I describe what I perceive as flaws in this book it might not be the same for someone else Strand would chose a poet from sayRussia and then pick their one poem that runs five pages This happens several times throughout the book That whole world voice concept annoyed me I felt he was trying to fulfill some showcase assigned or chosen by himself to bring a readership to Paraguay poets or Polish poets But is the poetry great No The only thing that gave me any pleasure in this volume was re reading Auden s poem on the death of Yeats That was it I ll go back to my original task Securing volumes of Strand s poetry This book is being reshelved I love poetry and have a certain weakness for anthologies 100 Great Poems is a rather tall promise to make in the book s title and indeed the collection doesn t uite live up to that promise One strength of the collection is that it contains a nice range of poetry from around the world and not ust English poets However the poems selected are uneven some uite good some barely poetry at all and few that I would call greatI think the editor was tryi. Accounting for the great range of style and content with which poets such as W H Auden Dylan Thomas Federico García Lorca Rainer Maria Rilke William Butler Yeats Pablo Neruda and Jorge Luis Borges responded to the changes and challenges of the twentieth century 100 Great Poems of. .
100 Great Poems of the Twentieth Century