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20th Century Poetry and Poetics is considered the most important teaching anthology published in Canada for poetry courses at the college and university market. The greatly anticipated fourth edition of the anthology was published in the Spring of 1996 and the number of poets included was expanded by more than fifty per cent. The twenty-five poets new to this edition - - t 20th Century Poetry and Poetics is considered the most important teaching anthology published in Canada for poetry courses at the college and university market. The greatly anticipated fourth edition of the anthology was published in the Spring of 1996 and the number of poets included was expanded by more than fifty per cent. The twenty-five poets new to this edition - - twelve women and thirteen men - are from Canada, the UK, the United States, and the Commonwealth. The list of new poets include Nobel Prize winner Dereck Walcott; well-known American poets Sharon Olds, Louise Gluck, Denise Levertov, Galway Kinnell, Robert Hass, Robert Bly, John Ashbery, Philip Levine, and Rita Dove; Irish poet Eavan Boland; Scottish poet Carol Ann Duffy; and Canadians Patrick Lane, Sharon Thesen, Gwendolyn MacEwen, Don McKay, Daphne Marlatt, Gary Geddes, Bronwen Wallace, Robert Kroetsch, Lorna Crozier, Tim Lilburn, Roo Borson, and bpNichol. The book provides in-depth selections from the work of each poet, and where possible, places the poems in the significant context of the poets' own views on poetics. In addition, there are useful biographies and comments on the poets in the form of headnotes that appear at the beginning of each poet's work.


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20th Century Poetry and Poetics is considered the most important teaching anthology published in Canada for poetry courses at the college and university market. The greatly anticipated fourth edition of the anthology was published in the Spring of 1996 and the number of poets included was expanded by more than fifty per cent. The twenty-five poets new to this edition - - t 20th Century Poetry and Poetics is considered the most important teaching anthology published in Canada for poetry courses at the college and university market. The greatly anticipated fourth edition of the anthology was published in the Spring of 1996 and the number of poets included was expanded by more than fifty per cent. The twenty-five poets new to this edition - - twelve women and thirteen men - are from Canada, the UK, the United States, and the Commonwealth. The list of new poets include Nobel Prize winner Dereck Walcott; well-known American poets Sharon Olds, Louise Gluck, Denise Levertov, Galway Kinnell, Robert Hass, Robert Bly, John Ashbery, Philip Levine, and Rita Dove; Irish poet Eavan Boland; Scottish poet Carol Ann Duffy; and Canadians Patrick Lane, Sharon Thesen, Gwendolyn MacEwen, Don McKay, Daphne Marlatt, Gary Geddes, Bronwen Wallace, Robert Kroetsch, Lorna Crozier, Tim Lilburn, Roo Borson, and bpNichol. The book provides in-depth selections from the work of each poet, and where possible, places the poems in the significant context of the poets' own views on poetics. In addition, there are useful biographies and comments on the poets in the form of headnotes that appear at the beginning of each poet's work.

30 review for 20th Century Poetry and Poetics

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    For me, this book is different from other anthologies of modern poetry in two ways. First, in addition to the usual suspects (T.S. Eliot, William Butler Yeats, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Charles Olson, Dylan Thomas, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti), it includes work by Canadian poets like A.M. Klein, Earle Birney, Alfred Purdy, Margaret Avison, Margaret Atwood and BP Nichol. Second, at the end of the book are essays in which the poets discuss their “poetics”: their theori For me, this book is different from other anthologies of modern poetry in two ways. First, in addition to the usual suspects (T.S. Eliot, William Butler Yeats, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams, Charles Olson, Dylan Thomas, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti), it includes work by Canadian poets like A.M. Klein, Earle Birney, Alfred Purdy, Margaret Avison, Margaret Atwood and BP Nichol. Second, at the end of the book are essays in which the poets discuss their “poetics”: their theories of poetry and their methods of working. I have had my copy for years and it has held up very well (although now I have second thoughts about the under-linings and marginal notes I added when I was much younger and reading these poets for the first time).

  2. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

    Possibly the best anthology I've ever encountered. Many of my favourite poets were found through reading this cover to cover multiple times.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sally Ito

    I use this as an anthology and resource for my creative writing (poetry) classes and find reading it rewarding each time I teach the class. There's something about the wide selection and the section on poetics in the back that's like an inspiring pottage of poetic sustenance. Read Levertov's poetry last night, and her piece on 'organic form,' and felt engaged and moved by what she had written. Same goes for Frost, as well.

  4. 5 out of 5

    uh8myzen

    One of my absolute favorite anthologies. Not only does have the usual giants, but also some of my favorite Canadian poets and some excellent criticism and poetics at the end. Some of those essays are still my favorites, even after the twenty years since I first read them. This is an excellent introduction to the world of 20th Century poetry and poetics. It is not only complete, but precise.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    A college-taught anthology with Leonard Cohen, concrete poetry, and a cover like this?: Reaction = (view spoiler)[ (hide spoiler)]

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    The best.... never never fails to pick me up

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

    Contains a pretty good variety of poets with great Canadian content. Also introduced me to bpNichol's Continental Trance, so it's a keeper.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I really like this anthology. The selections that are included are very good and reflect the 20th century well. It's a good anthology.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rudolfo

    I have the 2nd edition, published in 1973 and a few others. There are now 5 versions/editions and they're all different. Each later edition retains some of the previous one and I believe leaves some out.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rudolfo

    I have the 2nd edition, published in 1973 and a few others. There are now 5 versions/editions and they're all different. Each later edition retains some of the previous one and I believe leaves some out.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Robino

  12. 5 out of 5

    Zain Raza

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jen

  14. 5 out of 5

    Adair MacGregor

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kristian

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sylvester

  17. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Foulger

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sheena

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nelstar

  20. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie

  21. 4 out of 5

    Liss

  22. 4 out of 5

    Itchy

  23. 5 out of 5

    Michael Hale

  24. 4 out of 5

    Simon

  25. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jasmin

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alex O'Brien

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

  29. 4 out of 5

    Robyn Williams

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alvaro Posada

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