The Modern Poets: An American-British Anthology

The Modern Poets: An American-British Anthology

The Modern Poets: An American-British Anthology

The Modern Poets: An American-British Anthology

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Among the works of modern poets, poems that give pleasure are far more common, we believe, than poems that present problems. To make an anthology that would confirm this belief, we have looked into the weighty collected poems of recognized masters and the modest first volumes of apprentices. Confining ourselves to the contemporary, we have nevertheless been able to choose from a range spanning five or six generations of American and British verse. Our aim has been to pick, from the works of the finest living poets, poems of representative substance and power that can travel freely in any English-speaking country without an interpreter. Having found these in abundance, we present them in confidence that they will move, delight, and beguile even those readers who encounter them for the first time. Instead of the usual notes, we have informal commentaries and brief biographies. The photographic portraits have a documentary interest in themselves. In a determination to avoid the sort of well- meaning apparatus which is designed to initiate and instruct but which, too often, only alienates and befuddles, we have otherwise allowed the poems to speak for themselves.

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