Anthology

The Oxford Book of American Poetry

The Oxford Book of American Poetry

David Lehman

Language: English

Pages: 1200

ISBN: 019516251X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Here is the eagerly awaited new edition of The Oxford Book of American Poetry brought completely up to date and dramatically expanded by poet David Lehman. It is a rich, capacious volume, featuring the work of more than 200 poets-almost three times as many as the 1976 edition. With a succinct and often witty head note introducing each author, it is certain to become the definitive anthology of American poetry for our time.

Lehman has gathered together all the works one would expect to find in a landmark collection of American poetry, from Whitman's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry to Stevens's The Idea of Order at Key West, and from Eliot's The Waste Land to Ashbery's Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror. But equally important, the editor has significantly expanded the range of the anthology. The book includes not only writers born since the previous edition, but also many fine poets overlooked in earlier editions or little known in the past but highly deserving of attention. The anthology confers legitimacy on the Objectivist poets; the so-called Proletariat poets of the 1930s; famous poets who fell into neglect or were the victims of critical backlash (Edna St. Vincent Millay); poets whose true worth has only become clear with the passing of time (Weldon Kees). Among poets missing from Richard Ellmann's 1976 volume but published here are W. H. Auden, Charles Bukowski, Donald Justice, Carolyn Kizer, Kenneth Koch, Stanley Kunitz, Emma Lazarus, Mina Loy, Howard Moss, Lorine Niedecker, George Oppen, James Schuyler, Elinor Wylie, and Louis Zukosky. Many more women are represented: outstanding poets such as Josephine Jacobsen, Josephine Miles, May Swenson. Numerous African-American poets receive their due, and unexpected figures such as the musicians Bob Dylan, Patti Smith and Robert Johnson have a place in this important work.

This stunning collection redefines the great canon of American poetry from its origins in the 17th century right up to the present. It is a must-have anthology for anyone interested in American literature and a book that is sure to be consulted, debated, and treasured for years to come.

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Document Outline Introduction Acknowledgments Contents ANNE BRADSTREET (C. 1612-1672) EDWARD TAYLOR (1642-1729) PHILIP FRENEAU (1752-1832) PHILLIS WHEATLEY (1753-1784) JOEL BARLOW (1754-1812) FRANCIS SCOTT KEY (1779-1843) CLEMENT MOORE (1779-1863) FITZ-GREENE HALLECK (1790-1867) WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT (1794-1878) RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1803-1882) HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW (1807-1882) JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER (1807-1892) OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES (1809-1894) EDGAR ALLAN POE (1809-1849)

T (1888-1965) JOHN CROWE RANSOM (1888-1974) CONRAD AIKEN (1889-1973) CLAUDE MCKAY (1889-1948) ARCHIBALD MACLEISH (1892-1982) EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY (1892-1950) SAMUEL GREENBERG (1893-1917) DOROTHY PARKER (1893-1967) E. E. CUMMINGS (1894-1962) CHARLES REZNIKOFF (1894-1976) H. PHELPS PUTNAM (1894-1948) BESSIE SMITH (1894-1931) JEAN TOOMER (1894-1967) MARK VAN DOREN (1894-1972) LOUISE BOGAN (1897-1970) JOHN WHEELWRIGHT (1897-1940) STEPHEN VINCENT BENET (1898-1943) MELVIN B. TOLSON

JOSEPHINE JACOBSEN (1908-2003) GEORGE OPPEN (1908-1984) THEODORE ROETHKE (1908-1963) CHARLES OLSON (1910-1970) WINFIELD TOWNLEY SCOTT (1910-1968) ELIZABETH BISHOP (1911-1979) J. V. CUNNINGHAM (1911-1985) PAUL GOODMAN (1911-1972) JOSEPHINE MILES (1911-1985) ANNE PORTER (b. 1911) ROBERT JOHNSON (1911-1938) JEAN GARRIGUE (1912-1972) ROBERT HAYDEN (1913-1980) MURIEL RUKEYSER (1913-1980) DAVID SCHUBERT (1913-1946) DELMORE SCHWARTZ (1913-1966) KARL SHAPIRO (1913-2000) MAY SWENSON

ANTHONY HECHT (1923-2004) RICHARD HUGO (1923-1982) DENISE LEVERTOV (1923-1997) JAMES SCHUYLER (1923-1991) LOUIS SIMPSON (b. 1923) DONALD JUSTICE (1925-2004) CAROLYN KIZER (b. 1925) KENNETH KOCH (1925-2002) JACK SPICER (1925-1965) A. R. AMMONS (1926-2001) ROBERT BLY (b. 1926) ROBERT CREELEY (1926-2005) ALLEN GINSBERG (1926-1997) JAMES MERRILL (1926-1995) FRANK O'HARA (1926-1966) W. D. SNODGRASS (b. 1926) DAVID WAGONER (b. 1926) L EW W E L C H (1926-1971) JOHN ASHBERY (b. 1927)

ANTHONY HECHT (1923-2004) RICHARD HUGO (1923-1982) DENISE LEVERTOV (1923-1997) JAMES SCHUYLER (1923-1991) LOUIS SIMPSON (b. 1923) DONALD JUSTICE (1925-2004) CAROLYN KIZER (b. 1925) KENNETH KOCH (1925-2002) JACK SPICER (1925-1965) A. R. AMMONS (1926-2001) ROBERT BLY (b. 1926) ROBERT CREELEY (1926-2005) ALLEN GINSBERG (1926-1997) JAMES MERRILL (1926-1995) FRANK O'HARA (1926-1966) W. D. SNODGRASS (b. 1926) DAVID WAGONER (b. 1926) L EW W E L C H (1926-1971) JOHN ASHBERY (b. 1927)

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