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

A LITTLE TREASURY OF BRITISH POETRY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Sixth volume in the Little Treasury series, this includes some 700 poems drawn from English literature-1500-1950. Some of the inclusions in the earliest section, among the anonymous ballads and lyrics are often difficult to find and welcome. There is generous selection from Shakespeare's plays, famous, one might say, hackneyed, massages, and a wide choice of Sonnets. There is more of John Donne then ordinarily found, and with revived interest in his work this is welcome. There are many long in their entirety, Fitzgerald's The Ancient etc. Some Sore are sure to quibble over what may seem unbalance, -- one poem from Oscar Wilde as against an excess of Houseman, but in the main, the selection leaves little to quarrel . The final third is a more ample assortment of 20th century writings, representative work of many most poets little known to American readers, and therefore particularly valuable as a contemporary record. Fresh evaluations are indicated in the selection.

Publisher: Scribner