A LITTLE TREASURY OF AMERICAN POETRY by Oscar- Ed. Williams
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A LITTLE TREASURY OF AMERICAN POETRY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A very interesting and striking collection of American poetry by the gifted anthologist and poet, Oscar Williams. The volume opens with a short section of Amer-indian poems, unusually beautiful and compelling for primitive poetry, provocative of further exploration along these lines. The second section takes in a few of the colonial poets and the masters of the 19th century,- Whitman, Poe, Dickinson, Emerson, Whittier, Lowell. Their choicest poems are included -- while secondary writers are rigorously excluded. The last section is devoted to poets of the last forty years, the group to which he belongs. In a period so close to ourselves, there is considerable divergence of opinion, and Williams has chosen with taste and acumen. There is a Keep Out sign to all sentimentality, balderdash, meaningless rhetoric. The whole volume is presented with an intelligent explanation of his objectives. A collection of which Americans can be proud.

Pub Date: July 19th, 1948
Publisher: Scribner