100 Essential American Poems

Edited by Leslie M. Pockell

St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books

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The way we view our nation---its history, its traditions, even our distinctly American voice---is largely determined by our literature. In this rewarding and thought-provoking book are gathered poems that have been essential components of our common American culture, from the earliest days of our nation through canonic works of the nineteenth century and up to the present day. 100 Essential American Poems includes fondly remembered works by such familiar figures as Longfellow, Poe, and Whitman, and popular classics like “A Visit from St. Nicholas” and “Casey at the Bat,” but it also features passionate outcries from poets like Paul Laurence Dunbar and Langston Hughes that highlight our ongoing national racial tensions, and poems by such women as Anne Bradstreet, Emily Dickinson, and Edna St. Vincent Millay that supply a distinctly female perspective on American life. Also included are the lyrics of such expressions of the American spirit as “Yankee Doodle,” “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “This Land Is Your Land,” in addition to a few surprises! The immortal poems and songs included here, each preceded by an illuminating headnote, will remind every reader of the richness and variety of the poetry of America and its people.

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"A work that serves as reference, comfort, and a reminder of poetry’s significance in the everyday experience of American life, this is a volume worthy of any shelf."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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Edited by Leslie M. Pockell

Leslie M. Pockell is an editor at a major publishing house in New York. He is has compiled several highly acclaimed poetry collections, including the bestselling The 100 Best Poems of All Time.

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100 Essential American Poems
Edited by Leslie M. Pockell

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
August 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312623975
ISBN10: 0312623976
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$14.99

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Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
March 2009
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312369804
ISBN10: 0312369808
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
$24.95
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