Six Centuries Of English Poetry [from] Tennyson To Chaucer Hardcover – Import, 16 October 2018
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- Item Weight : 612 g
- Hardcover : 310 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0343542854
- ISBN-13 : 978-0343542856
- Product Dimensions : 15.6 x 1.91 x 23.39 cm
- Publisher : Franklin Classics (16 October 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #977,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This collection includes many poets including William Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge, Robbie Burns, John Keats, Alexander Pope, John Skelton, William Shakespeare, William Cowper, Percy Shelly, Geoffrey Chaucer and Alfred, Lord Tennyson among others. The book has poems and parts of poems and goes in a backwards order starting at the 19th century. There is notes to explain words and parts accompanying many poems which is very helpful and interesting biographical information about each poet who is included in the book. There is also a section on ballads which was very interesting and entertaining. It is a wonderful overview of many amazing poets, the times they wrote in and their work. The book certainly encouraged me to read more work in the future by a lot of these poets. I loved reading about the biographies and seeing the different perspectives the poets wrote from. That was really interesting.
There is downsides to the book. It isn’t very diverse in the choice of poets and therefore doesn’t show ideas or the times from a lot of different perspectives. There is also a certain amount of classism in this book and is present in Robbie Burns’ biography with some of the language used.
A really great read but definitely has problematic elements.
BUT, the poems are difficult to read as they are aligned half-way across the page, so the lines break. And there are no active links to get from the contents to the poems and no chapter markings to skip to the next, and looking up the footnotes is quite awkward. All in all, it looks a mess. It may be worth paying a little more for another version.
Another electronic gem, thanks Kindle.