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Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Oxford Book of English Verse (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Recent poems are hard to come by in the new OxfordBook of English Verse, but one must remember the world we live intoday. Modern works are more than likely under copyright, making them horribly expensive to reproduce in a collection. Thus, when it comes to modern works, it is more a question of funds, copyrights, and dealmaking, not of quality literature. In light of this (and combined with the fact that, most likely, Ricks had to pay for the rights to the copyrighted poems he did print out of his own pocket), the quality of the modern verse in this volume is first rate. The giants of English literature are well represented, as are those poets whom one should, but too often does not, know. Any student of English literature would probably have many of these poems at hand, but not compiled in such a manner. Likewise, those with an interest in poetry but no idea where to start, are encouraged to start with Ricks' book.