If anyone could do this sort of anthology well it would be John Kieran. He has made not a random collection of familiar and quotable verse, but virtually a chronology of -- for the most part -- the best of English and American poets in memorable examples of their work. Each author is introduced with a brief and personal sort of note, sometimes biographical, sometimes simply placing the particular poem chosen. It is unashamedly a personal selection, not all ""top drawer"", often commonplace or stereotyped, usually with a flavor of schoolroom recall. But in the long run, the poems we like to remember are there, some -- Herve Riel is an example -- not easy to locate.