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Published: 07 October 1999

752 Pages


ISBN: 9780192141828

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The Oxford Book of English Verse

Edited and introduced by Christopher Ricks

  • Over 820 wonderful poems, long and short, covering seven and a half centuries of English verse from all parts of the British Isles.
  • Over twice as many women poets as before, from Mary Herbert to Anna Seward, Frances Cornford, and Elizabeth Daryush.
  • More Irish, Scottish, and Welsh poets than before — among them Beckett, Synge, R. S. Thomas, Henryson, and MacDiarmid
  • Edited and introduced by Christopher Ricks, described by W. H. Auden as 'exactly the kind of critic every poet dreams of finding'
  • Christopher Ricks's introduction surveys the touchstones that great poet-critics have given us for evaluating the art of poetry, from Ben Jonson and Dryden to Samuel Johnson, Coleridge, Arnold, Pound, and Eliot

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