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Edited by Gary Geddes

20th-Century Poetry and Poetics, Fifth Edition
ISBN 13: 9780195422092

About the Book

20th-Century Poetry and Poetics, Fifth Edition, provides in-depth selections from the work of each poet and, where possible, places the poems in the significant context of the poets' own views on poetics. In addition there are useful biographies and comments on the poets in the form of headnotes that appear at the beginning of each poet's work. The final section includes an extensive poetics section, where 30 poets talk, in various forms, about writing and reading poetry.

  • Poets are represented by extensive selections that demonstrate the breadth of their work
  • Each poet is introduced by a thoughtful biographical headnote to help contextualize his or her work
  • Includes discussions by 30 of the anthology's poets about writing and reading poetry
  • Features a balance of Canadian (27) and international poets (41)
  • Includes 10 new authors - D.H. Lawrence, H.D., Marianne Moore, Michael Longley, Billy Collins, Heather McHugh, Anne Carson, Jan Zwicky, Carolyn Forche, and Don Patterson
  • All selections have been reconsidered and where appropriate updated to bring the anthology into the twenty-first century
  • With the addition of several female poets this collection contains a broad representation of women's writing
  • Revised headnotes provide up-to-date biographical information about each author as well as unique insights into their work


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