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By Louis Untermeyer

This vintage assortment, lengthy famous as the most generally learn and best-loved anthologies of poetry within the English language, provides greater than 1300 pages containing approximately a thousand poems by way of virtually two hundred poets. Interwoven together with his choices, Louis Untermeyer's exceptional interpretive and biographical textual content brings jointly the lives, occasions and works (both frequent and lesser recognized) of the world's so much cherished poets.

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>first released January 1st 1901
>1942, third printing (this edition), has subtitle
A Treasury of significant Poems - English And American
From the principles Of The English Spirit To the phenomenal Poetry Of Our personal Time, With Lives Of The Poets and old Settings chosen and built-in
>1994 edition has subtitle
A Treasury of significant Poems -An Inspiring choice of the Best-Loved such a lot relocating Verse within the English Language

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Ill poetry If is the most potent of also be the simplest some say, and human communications, it should the most logical expression. It should, require no particular cogitation, no afterthoughts, no xlix Preface exercise of the speculative mind. But poetry, being the product of intuition as well as experience, transcends plain statements; it surpasses fact and leaps ahead of logic. Simple arithmetic to the contrary, a poem is not the sum of its parts. A poem is greater than its parts; it is even something beyond its parts.

And what is "great"? The answer might well be another question: what is "red"? Greatness, like redness (or a perfume or a beautiful face)^ is as unmistakable as it is undefinable. But a collection of poetry must not boast of being indefinite. In this collection greatness is determined, if not defined, by two things: time and taste. The first is, of course, the undebatable standard. Time, which triumphs over tive- cludes is the perfect anthologist; time has an authority which no contemporary enthusiasm can hope to attain.

As Preface h'i One or two exceptions to this rule of consistency must be noted. In the case of Blake, for example, the famous poems is first line of one of his most printed: Tyger! Tyger! " In the case of the old ballads, too, archaic spellings and phrases have been preserved. Although the texts are as authoritative as can be determined, certain disputed versions may lead to controversy. In spite of the labors of scholars and researchers, there is practically no anonymous ballad which has a perfect finality.

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