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The Columbia Anthology of British Poetry

Edited by Carl Woodring (NHC Fellow, 1987–88) and James Shapiro

Poetry; Poets; Old English Literature; Middle English Literature; British Literature

New York: Columbia University Press, 1995

From the publisher’s description:

A sweeping compendium of British verse from Old and Middle English to the present, including the best work of poets from every corner of the British Isles, The Columbia Anthology of British Poetry offers the most up-to-date and comprehensive single volume available.

Carl Woodring and James Shapiro, the same experienced editorial team who brought students and lovers of literature The Columbia History of British Literature, now present a volume that resonates with contemporary significance, yet also takes into account the centuries-old poetic tradition that planted Great Britain centrally in the canon of Western Literature.

The Columbia Anthology pays tribute to the renowned works that any include--Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, Blake, Eliot, Auden. But the book also resurrects the voices of excellent poets, particularly women--such as Queen Elizabeth I, Anne Ingram, and Christina Rossetti--who have been unjustifiably ignored until recently.

Contemporary British poetry is fully represented as well, with the work of Thom Gunn, Seamus Heaney, Liz Lochhead, and Paula Meehan bringing The Columbia Anthology up to the minute.

Unencumbered by extensive notes that divert attention from the spirit of verse, The Columbia Anthology of British Poetry allows readers to discover the poems for themselves. It is a collection poetry lovers will want on their shelves for years to come, to read and enjoy again and again.

Fiction and Poetry / Literature / Poetry / Poets / Old English Literature / Middle English Literature / British Literature /

Woodring, Carl (NHC Fellow, 1987–88), ed. The Columbia Anthology of British Poetry. Edited by Carl Woodring and James Shapiro. New York: Columbia University Press, 1995.