Modern American Poetry

edited by Louis Untermeyer
Copyright 1964
Checked out 32 times in 24 years
Last checked out 5 years ago

This anthology has had consistent circulation, so there’s no question about keeping it on the shelf. It has earned a place there. I do want to mention that, though it uses the word “Modern” in the title, the book doesn’t limit itself at all to poets who are now considered “The Moderns,” though they are represented with selections by Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, and others. The innovators rub elbows with formalists and lyricists with balladeers. The book offers poetry from 81 poets and ranges from Whitman to James Tate. Untermeyer provides us with introductions, some lengthy and some brief, for each poet. This volume is worth rebinding when its current cover (getting loose) gives way.

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