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Songs for the Open Road: Poems of Travel and Adventure (Dover Thrift Editions)

Songs for the Open Road: Poems of Travel and Adventure (Dover Thrift Editions) - This is the third of four Dover poetry anthologies that I am reviewing. As is the case with the others, this is an inexpensive, easily portable volume.

There are 99 poems by 62 different poets. Includes 'A' Listers such as Browning, Cummings, Dickinson, Eliot, Frost, Longfellow, Nash, Poe, Sandburg, Whitman, and Yeats. Though the narrow focus of the subject matter also allows for inclusion of lesser known poets who might not be recognized otherwise. The pieces are organized into three sections: Songs For the Open Road; Sea, Rail, and Sky; and Home, Rest, and Final Voyages. There is an index of poets' names, titles, and first lines.

I have selected ten poems that deserve special mention:

"The Sacred" - Stephen Dunn
"Get Up, Blues" - James Emanuel
"The Road Not Taken" - Robert Frost
"Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening" - Frost
"The New Colossus" - Emma Lazarus
"Sea-Fever" - John Masefield
"Exiled" - Edna St. Vincent Millay
"Riding On A Railroad Train" - Ogden Nash
"Night Journey" - Theodore Roethke
"America For Me" - Henry Van Dyke