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100 Best-Loved Poems

100 Best-Loved Poems - Robert Louis Stevenson, Christopher Marlowe, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Walt Whitman, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Li Bai, Wilfred Owen, William Blake, W.H. Auden, W.B. Yeats, Robert Frost, Robert Burns, Percy Bysshe Shelley, John Milton, Robert Herr The fourth, and final, Dover poetry anthology I am reviewing. As with the others, it is an easily portable, inexpensive book.

Includes work by 58 poets. Ten were born before 1600, another six in the 17th century, twelve in the 18th century, and two in the 20th century. So 28 were born in the 19th century. There are five selections from John Keats, and four each from Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, and William Blake. Other big names represented are Poe, Whitman, Yeats, Frost, Sandburg, and Cummings. There is a short blurb about each poet, as well as an index of titles and an index of first lines.

From my original list of 18 I have selected ten poems that deserve mention here:

"The Raven' - Edgar Allan Poe
"The Charge of the Light Brigade" - Alfred, Lord Tennyson
"Jabberwocky" - Lewis Carroll
"Gunga Din" - Rudyard Kipling
"The Road Not Taken" - Robert Frost
"Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening" - Frost
"Chicago" - Carl Sandburg
"Anyone Lived In A Pretty How Town" - E.E. Cummings
"Musee des Beaux Arts" - W.H. Auden
"Do Not Go Gently Into That Good Night" - Dylan Thomas