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The poems selected for A Treasury of Classic Poetry span nearly 500 years, from the sixteenth to the early twentieth century. More than 300 of the best-loved poems in the English language are featured, representing more than fifty of the world's greatest poets, including: Lord Byron Emily Dickinson T.S. Eliot Robert Frost John Keats Edna St. Vincent Millay John Milton Edgar Allan The poems selected for A Treasury of Classic Poetry span nearly 500 years, from the sixteenth to the early twentieth century. More than 300 of the best-loved poems in the English language are featured, representing more than fifty of the world's greatest poets, including: Lord Byron Emily Dickinson T.S. Eliot Robert Frost John Keats Edna St. Vincent Millay John Milton Edgar Allan Poe William Shakespeare Percy Bysshe Shelley Wallace Stevens Walt Whitman William Butler Yeats A Treasury of Classic Poetry is one of Barnes & Noble's Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world's greatest authors in an exquisitely designed bonded-leather binding., with distinctive gilt edging and a silk-ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectible, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensable cornerstone for every home library.


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The poems selected for A Treasury of Classic Poetry span nearly 500 years, from the sixteenth to the early twentieth century. More than 300 of the best-loved poems in the English language are featured, representing more than fifty of the world's greatest poets, including: Lord Byron Emily Dickinson T.S. Eliot Robert Frost John Keats Edna St. Vincent Millay John Milton Edgar Allan The poems selected for A Treasury of Classic Poetry span nearly 500 years, from the sixteenth to the early twentieth century. More than 300 of the best-loved poems in the English language are featured, representing more than fifty of the world's greatest poets, including: Lord Byron Emily Dickinson T.S. Eliot Robert Frost John Keats Edna St. Vincent Millay John Milton Edgar Allan Poe William Shakespeare Percy Bysshe Shelley Wallace Stevens Walt Whitman William Butler Yeats A Treasury of Classic Poetry is one of Barnes & Noble's Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world's greatest authors in an exquisitely designed bonded-leather binding., with distinctive gilt edging and a silk-ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectible, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensable cornerstone for every home library.

30 review for A Treasury of Classic Poetry

  1. 4 out of 5

    Addy

    I have never been one for poetry. I decided to read this book in the hopes that I could educate myself on the art form, as I’ve always felt unqualified to critique the work of poets. I think this collection taught me personally to stick to the prose, but it was a nice chronology of poetry and how it changed from decade to decade, century to century. I did find some poems I enjoyed, and I thought it was prudent of the editors to include an “About the Authors” section, so that I could look into ot I have never been one for poetry. I decided to read this book in the hopes that I could educate myself on the art form, as I’ve always felt unqualified to critique the work of poets. I think this collection taught me personally to stick to the prose, but it was a nice chronology of poetry and how it changed from decade to decade, century to century. I did find some poems I enjoyed, and I thought it was prudent of the editors to include an “About the Authors” section, so that I could look into other works produced by some of the standouts in my opinion. Lewis Carroll for example had a couple of very funny poems, and I think I will use the “About the Authors” addendum to help me find more works of his. I think another reason this collection was not my favorite is the tendency for the literary canon to focus on the work of white male authors. There were only four female poets in this collection, and every poet was from the United Kingdom or the United States. So much for diverse literary voices. This is not a bad exploration of the evolution of poetry, but the lack of diversity is a drawback.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Katherynne Boham

    I don't think I'll ever not be reading this book. The poetry selections have included some of my favorites and introduced me to many new pieces. I'm thrilled to have it on my shelf. I don't think I'll ever not be reading this book. The poetry selections have included some of my favorites and introduced me to many new pieces. I'm thrilled to have it on my shelf.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Erik

    I'm not really qualified to review this book, as I have learned I am not a fan of poetry in general. While I did enjoy some of the classic works, especially Robert Frost, I detested the vast majority. That is of course no fault of the editors of this work, so I feel it best to not do any review beyond explaining my scoring (which is solely for the poetry, not the book itself). The book did what it was supposed to do, provide a treasury of classic works. A shame I simply didn't care for the works I'm not really qualified to review this book, as I have learned I am not a fan of poetry in general. While I did enjoy some of the classic works, especially Robert Frost, I detested the vast majority. That is of course no fault of the editors of this work, so I feel it best to not do any review beyond explaining my scoring (which is solely for the poetry, not the book itself). The book did what it was supposed to do, provide a treasury of classic works. A shame I simply didn't care for the works selected.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Terrafied

    I am glad I read this collection, I've been so curious. I have learned that collections are a risk. The reader may not like every poet and their poems. I also learned I don't care for long poems. I'm glad people enjoy them. Please read them for me. I am glad I read this collection, I've been so curious. I have learned that collections are a risk. The reader may not like every poet and their poems. I also learned I don't care for long poems. I'm glad people enjoy them. Please read them for me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    ilita vélez

    Utter perfection.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cecilie Madsen

    Here’s the thing about any type of literary collections, especially the ones featuring several different writers; they’re almost impossible to grade. In this book for instance we have masterpieces such as Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Balled of Reading Gaol’, which I’d personally grade 5/5, displayed amongst some of the dullest poets and poems ever to come into existence (not going to mention any names, but there was quite a few poems that I skimmed my way through) When that has been said, I feel like this b Here’s the thing about any type of literary collections, especially the ones featuring several different writers; they’re almost impossible to grade. In this book for instance we have masterpieces such as Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Balled of Reading Gaol’, which I’d personally grade 5/5, displayed amongst some of the dullest poets and poems ever to come into existence (not going to mention any names, but there was quite a few poems that I skimmed my way through) When that has been said, I feel like this book gives a pretty good overview of some of the prime examples of classic literature, written by British and American authors, and is therefore a great way to get introduced to a vast amount of poets in a short amount of time, which is really useful for people who are just getting into poetry. However I can’t help but feel slightly disappointed by the book’s content, not because it was awful, but simply because many of the poems (to me) was quite forgettable, and failed at making me feel excited about reading more of the majority of the poets’ writings. This becomes truly evident, when looking at the number of poems I’ve highlighted throughout this collection of 300+ poems, as I only deemed 11 interesting/beautiful/good enough, to revisit at some point. All in all, this was slightly disappointing, but hey! The book looks beautiful and contains one of my favorite poems of all time (looking at you Mr. Wilde)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Daan Janssen

    Great collection. There's a lot of different writers, all with different styles and themes. Reading it, I felt some poems, especially strong religious ones, weren't to my liking. Some of these I skipped, I have to admit. But there were more than enough poems to thoroughly enjoy. Personal favourites are those by Robert Burns, Elizabeth Barret Browning, Richard Crashaw and Emily Dickinson. Would have given it five stars if there had been short, one paragraph introductions on these various writers t Great collection. There's a lot of different writers, all with different styles and themes. Reading it, I felt some poems, especially strong religious ones, weren't to my liking. Some of these I skipped, I have to admit. But there were more than enough poems to thoroughly enjoy. Personal favourites are those by Robert Burns, Elizabeth Barret Browning, Richard Crashaw and Emily Dickinson. Would have given it five stars if there had been short, one paragraph introductions on these various writers to give a bit of perspective on what they wrote. Besides great content, it also looks good on the planks ;).

  8. 5 out of 5

    Whit

    This is truly one of the best poetry anthologies I own. It has all the best and then more. It is well laid on the page making reading it easy and room for notes. More than one by each author usually a few well known and a couple not. Many long form and lyrical ballads other anthologies don’t include. I read out of this over and over.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Ward

    1.5 I have to rate this based on enjoyment, though I do totally recognize the merit of this collection. I was feeling nostalgic for my time in college when I used to read classic poetry for required reading when I decided to read this straight through. I found myself wanting to skim most of it, and that is probably on me.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    There are some poets and poems I feel are missing. For example: Christopher Marlowe's poem 'The Passionate Shepherd To His Love' is in the book, however, Sir Walter Raleigh's 'The Nymphs Reply To The Shepherd' is not in t book. Nonetheless, the book is beautiful and contains some loved poetry by some timeless poets. There are some poets and poems I feel are missing. For example: Christopher Marlowe's poem 'The Passionate Shepherd To His Love' is in the book, however, Sir Walter Raleigh's 'The Nymphs Reply To The Shepherd' is not in t book. Nonetheless, the book is beautiful and contains some loved poetry by some timeless poets.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Well organized by topics rather than author, but easy to navigate.

  12. 4 out of 5

    James Broadfoot

    I don't really know how to rate this. I hated some of the poems, loved others. But there's like 300 so I'm not going to individually review them. I don't really know how to rate this. I hated some of the poems, loved others. But there's like 300 so I'm not going to individually review them.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Erin H

    An excellent collection and just a very pretty book. I had already read a lot of these authors but discovered some new ones. Overall I enjoyed this!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brandi

    Trying to read the Holy Bible: King James Version and this book over the course of one year is a bit much, so sorry, A Treasury of Classic Poetry, but I'm going to have to shelve you - likely until 2017. Trying to read the Holy Bible: King James Version and this book over the course of one year is a bit much, so sorry, A Treasury of Classic Poetry, but I'm going to have to shelve you - likely until 2017.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Ozias

    Wonderful poetry by wonderful poets.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Louise

  17. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Quarry

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rita

  19. 5 out of 5

    Hannah B

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey Barger

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ida Beyer

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mohsin

  23. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

  24. 4 out of 5

    Drew Bohannon

  25. 5 out of 5

    megs ♡︎

  26. 5 out of 5

    Scott

  27. 4 out of 5

    Daan

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anais Torres

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mark Melendez

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ricky

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