This is a very attractive anthology of the sonnet, the ""most popular, enduring and widely used poetic form"" which reached its apogee in the Renaissance but is well represented in the moderns (Cummings, Graves, Auden, Dylan Thomas, Lowell, Wilbur, etc. among those here). The poems have been selected here on the basis of their illustrative value, historical significance, general and personal appeal and have been presented to show the development and continuity of the form. There is a fine introduction on the technical structure of the sonnet (the most demanding form-- it is easy to write a bad sonnet, harder to write a fine one, and somehow the form can bring out the best in the mediocre). The introduction also gives a general history of the sonnet which parallels, roughly, that of English and American poetry.