The Top 500 Poems

The Top 500 Poems

William Harmon William Shakespeare Robert Frost William Blake Thomas Hardy Chidiock Tichborne John Keats Walt Whitman / May 20, 2019

The Top Poems The Top Poems offers a vivid portrait of poetry in English assembling a host of popular and enduring poems as chosen by critics editors poets and general readers These works speak across centu

  • Title: The Top 500 Poems
  • Author: William Harmon William Shakespeare Robert Frost William Blake Thomas Hardy Chidiock Tichborne John Keats Walt Whitman
  • ISBN: 9780231080286
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Top 500 Poems offers a vivid portrait of poetry in English, assembling a host of popular and enduring poems as chosen by critics, editors, poets, and general readers These works speak across centuries, beginning with Chaucer s resourceful inventions and moving through Shakespeare s masterpieces, John Donne s complex originality, and Alexander Pope s mordant satires TThe Top 500 Poems offers a vivid portrait of poetry in English, assembling a host of popular and enduring poems as chosen by critics, editors, poets, and general readers These works speak across centuries, beginning with Chaucer s resourceful inventions and moving through Shakespeare s masterpieces, John Donne s complex originality, and Alexander Pope s mordant satires The anthology also features perennial favorites such as William Blake, William Wordsworth, and John Keats Emily Dickinson s prisms of profundity the ironies of Wallace Stevens and T.S Eliot and the passion of Sylvia Plath and Allen Ginsberg These 500 poems are verses that readers either know already or will want to know, encapsulating the visceral power of truly great literature William Harmon provides illuminating commentary to each work and a rich introduction that ties the entire collection together.

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    1. 500 poems (duh), spread over 1000+ pages, from circa 1250 till the 1960s. Brief blurb about each poet. I shall not attempt to catch a falling star give a star rating.Includes appendix:* Poems by popularity (The Tiger by Blake is #1).* Index of poets* Index of titles by first lineI admit skimming about half of it, but there's definitely a good variety here. To give you an idea of the spread:* 130+ poets represented* Anonymous: 21 poems* Shakespeare: 29 * Samuel Taylor Coleridge: 2 poems (but one [...]


    2. Poems written in English before the 15th century tend to be very depressing! All about death.And then we get to Shakespeare and that theme becomes far more interesting:Sonnet 73That time of year thou mayst in me beholdWhen yellow leaves, or none, or few, do hang Upon those boughs which shake against the cold, Bare ruined choirs, where late the sweet birds sang. In me thou see'st the twilight of such day As after sunset fadeth in the west; Which by and by black night doth take away, Death's secon [...]


    3. it's a good reference book, but as poetry goes, it's very uneven because 1)it's an anthology and anthologies usually are pretty inconsistent, and 2)it's an anthology of the most-anthologized poems, originally written in english, of all time, so it's more-or-less the book of the all-time favorite in-english poems of the non-poet masses, and that includes mostly a lot of people who don't read a lot of poetry. so, you know, it's the usual suspects. so it's that whole 'when it's good, it's superb, a [...]



    4. An excellent collection! Harmon knows poetry and poets better than many anthologists I've come across. I especially enjoyed the poet biographies and his commentary after each poem. He is a professional, but he is not without his biases! :)


    5. This book is based on statistics and thus has both an inherent bias and an inherent flaw. But then I supposed all anthologies have both of those things since all editors have biases and none are perfect. The bias is particularly strong in this chronological anthology. The top 500 is based on the poems most anthologized according to The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry, which was first published in 1904. I have no idea what its sources include but they apparently go back much later than 1904 be [...]


    6. Those of you that know me well know that I love poetry. I've enjoyed immersing myself in this collection for the past while. I soaked up each poem and came to a final conclusion about my favorites. You certainly don’t have to read this whole list(unless you love poetry or know me well)This book lists the poets chronologically. It only goes to Sylvia Plath and there are more modern poets that I love, but will not list them here. I am placing stars by a poet if I love just about everything he/sh [...]


    7. If anyone knows the answer to why so many 'college graduates' like to strut around talking and acting as if they dwell apart from everyone they presumably want to hear them, then I'll be most delighted to know what it is.I feel like someone who talks the way this 'editor' does really doesn't want anyone to know anything other than that said 'editor' feels inherently superior to just about everyone he encounters.That personality trait is such a turn off I'd rather dine in the presence of Osama bi [...]


    8. In March, I needed to find a copy of Robert Frost’s ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’ in order to make sure I was correctly quoting the last verse.There are a number of books I could have turned to, but this particular book was my first choice. I bought this anthology, about 15 years ago, because I was intrigued to know which poems would be included and on what basis. In a delightful editorial note, William Harmon writes that these are the most anthologized poems in English. The time [...]


    9. I wanted to finish this enormous anthology this year, and so I have done it. I was put off at first by the selection process-- how does one choose the "top" 500 poems? In this case, by how often a poem is anthologized. This left out a good many of my favorites, unfortunately, so this isn't by any means a complete collection. It's a start, though, for someone not very familiar with poetry as a literary form; it takes the reader from around the 15th century up through Sylvia Plath, with a brief bi [...]


    10. It took roughly forever, but this collection makes for wonderful breakfast-reading. It is the list of the five hundred poems which are most frequently anthologized, listed in chronological order. It also includes a list of poems by popularity (insofar as regards frequency-of-anthologizing): the winner is drumroll please Blake's "The Tyger." Strange, right? The collection also includes a biographical snippet for each author and a breif, ususally helpful, bit of commentary on each poem. Thus the b [...]


    11. I'm not very experienced in poetry, but for me this anthology was a good start. There's a plethora of content to work with, a lot of prose and structure to comprehend, and going through the entire volume was generally a satisfying experience for an unaffiliated person such as myself. However, this being an anthology, more specifically being limited to 500 poems, there will probably the inevitable lists of poems that were been left out, and the entire volume may be left uneven because of some of [...]


    12. This is a replacement for a book I owned but lost in Hurricane Katrina. I've been slowly trying to replace ALL of the books that I lost, as money allows, relying on my memory and a handful of digital photographs that include my old bookshelves.While I'm not exactly a poetry kind of guy, there are a handful of poems that I love and consider an important part of my life. Which is why I bought this book - the poems I care about aren't obscure by any means, and so I'm pretty much guaranteed that, gi [...]


    13. Good for what it is, an anthology of English/ North American poets in range of their most popular ie. most anthologized poems. While it certainly excludes much from the canon it does a decent job in serving as an introduction to English poetry. I would suggest this for someone who enjoys a broad spectrum of poems from the above description, or someone new to poetry. For the more educated poetry reader, I may suggest looking around more before settling on this choice. Overall, I did enjoy that it [...]


    14. I have to add my voice of complaint with other reviewers. First, the book is really long. Second, the poems are partly chosen by critics and educators who have their own academic reasons for their selections. Therefore, some of the poems are chosen for reasons other than that somebody likes them. Too many of the poems are just long academic exercises. Some of them make obscure allusions to mythology or historical times and places, using archaic vocabulary, and these can be tedious and arcane. Th [...]


    15. Really, really good.Unlike some of the poetry anthologies I have, these poems are remarkable for literary excellence rather than mere sentimentality and it shows. These poems are good. They're also ordered by date rather than topic, which I love. And it has a lovely amount of earlier English poems too, not just the nasty romantics. I'm finally reading Donne! I'm even actually enjoying Alexander¨Pope!If you want a good overview of good English poems from the Middle Ages to today, you want this a [...]


    16. LONG to read all the way through like I did. A pretty good mix, but still tends to be more "difficult" poems vs easy reads. Most are more serious in tone, many feature older versions of English, lots of references to other literature/mythology/etc as poetry tends to do, etc. But if you love poetry & classics, this is definitely a great collection to have. & possible to read a variety of ways (chronological, by author, by popularity/use, etc).


    17. FINALLY!! I finished!! *phew* Not only do I not understand the appeal to poetry, but I just don't care. Yes, I will find the occasional poem that is okay, but nothing makes me want to read more. I find it boring, yet part of me really wishes I had the brain to appreciate this stuff. But sadly, that is just not how I'm wired.


    18. I love poetry. So to find such a comprehensive list, I was truly happy. It is quite large, but fair in size considering the plethora of beauty in the texts and comments by Harmon. I wish his comments would give more of an poetic analysis for a beginner poet to understand. But other than that, it's a great anthology for budding poets and weathered experts to enjoy.


    19. My favorites? Delight in Disorder - Robert Herrick, Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog - Oliver Goldsmith, To a Skylark - Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Snow-Storm - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Old Ironsides - Oliver Wendell Holmes, The Raven - Edgar Allen Poe, The Road Not Taken - Robert Frost, Provide, Provide - Robert Frost, The Red Wheelbarrow - William Carlos Williams.


    20. This is a pretty fantastic poetry collection, made up of the top 500 anthologized poems. There are a few sort of weird ones in there, but for the most part, it's excellent. A great introduction to poetry.


    21. Not my top 500 poems by any stretch of the means. It included a lot of old poets like say Shakespear and would include 5-10 of their poems. I was excited to see Sylvia Plath and it was just one poem and the very last to be included. It wasn't even her best!


    22. I love poetry and this is one of my go to books when I'm feeling in the mood to be moved. There are so many great works that I love to read over and over again. Reading the works of Byron, Keats, Frost, and many more are just very beautiful.


    23. If you were a geek like me and loved English class, and all the classic poems you studied there, this a great collection to have because they are all there the best-known poems by Keats, Whitman, Blake, and more plus the editor provides a brief and often useful commentary on each poem.


    24. Decent collection. The thing with lists of "greatest" or "top" anything, is the subjectivity of the label. I enjoyed some poems, couldn't even get through others But I figured, in a list of 500, it was BOUND to happen.


    25. I know this is an oldie, but it's a good primer for those who don't know much about poetry. And if you want to be a writer, learn poetry. Poets know how to turn a phrase with power and subtlty. Possible? Read the poems from this book and find out.


    26. the only poem book i own. i admit i am not a poem reader in general. i don't like short stories either. but this is the only poem book i read year after year after year. it uplifts me and digs deep into my emotional psyche.



    27. This is one of my favorite books on poetry. Has a lot of classics you'd find in most poetry books and much more.



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