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101 Great American Poems

101 Great American Poems - The American Poetry & Literacy Project This is the second of four poetry anthologies from Dover that I'm reading / reviewing. As can be expected from that publisher, it's an inexpensive, easily portable book.

The 101 poems were written by 39 different poets, born between 1612 and 1907. Three were born before 1800, and three were born after 1900. So 33 were born in the 19th century. Each poet's section has a short blurb about the poet. The usual suspects are represented: Longfellow, Poe, Whitman, Dickinson, Frost, Sandburg, Eliot, Cummings, etc. There's also a generous sampling from the Harlem Renaissance: James Weldon Johnson, Claude McKay, Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, and Countee Cullen.

I've selected ten pieces to spotlight here. I could have easily selected twice this amount.

"Paul Revere's Ride" - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"The Raven" - Edgar Allan Poe
"Casey At the Bat" - Ernest Lawrence Thayer
"The Road Not Taken" - Robert Frost
"Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening" - Frost
"Chicago" - Carl Sandburg
"Thirteen Ways of Looking At A Blackbird" - Wallace Stevens
"The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" - T.S. Eliot
"Dream Deferred (Harlem)" - Langston Hughes
"The Unknown Citizen" - W.H. Auden