- Taschenbuch: 2000 Seiten
- Verlag: Norton & Company; Auflage: 5th ed. (25. Februar 2005)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0393979202
- ISBN-13: 978-0393979206
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 5,1 x 23,4 cm
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Offering over one thousand years of verse from the mediaeval period to the present, The Norton Anthology of Poetry is the classroom standard for the study of poetry in English. The fifth edition retains the flexibility and breadth of selection that have defined this classic anthology, while an improved and expanded editorial apparatus makes it an even more useful teaching tool. The fifth edition includes 1,828 poems (191 new) and 334 poets (17 new). No other poetry anthology offers such abundance, which is why students hold on to The Norton Anthology of Poetry long after the course ends-it is their poetry reference book for life.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Margaret Ferguson (Ph.D. Yale University) is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California Davis. She is author of Dido s Daughters: Literacy, Gender, and Empire in Early Modern England and France (2003) and Trials of Desire: Renaissance Defenses of Poetry (1984). She is coeditor of Feminism in Time, Women, Property, and the Letters of the Law, Literacies in Early Modern England and a critical edition of Elizabeth Cary s Tragedy of Mariam.
Mary Jo Salter (M.A. Cambridge University) is Emily Dickinson Senior Lecturer in the Humanities at Mount Holyoke College, where she teaches poetry and poetry-writing. She has published several books of poems, including Henry Purcell in Japan (1985), Unfinished Painting (1989), Sunday Skaters (1994), A Kiss in Space (1999), and, most recently, Open Shutters (2003). A vice president of the Poetry Society of America, she has also served as poetry editor of The New Republic.
Jon Stallworthy (M.A. and B.Litt. Oxford) is Senior Research Fellow at Wolfson College of Oxford University, where he is an Emeritus Professor of English Literature. He is also former John Wendell Anderson Professor at Cornell, where he taught after a career at Oxford University Press. His biography of Wilfred Owen won the Duff Cooper Memorial Prize, the W. H. Smith Literary Award, and the E. M. Forster Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His biography of Louis MacNeice won the Southern Arts Literary Prize. He is also the author of Rounding the Horn: Collected Poems and Singing School: The Making of a Poet, and editor of the definitive edition of Wilfred Owen s poetry, The Complete Poems and Fragments; The Penguin Book of Love Poetry; The Oxford Book of War Poetry; and coeditor of The Norton Anthology of Poetry. Stallworthy has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature.
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This text is improved over the fourth edition with the addition of an excellent essay on poetic syntax in addition to the essay on versification. The short biographies of each poet are welcome also.
It is the sheer volume of glorious poety that sets this book apart, however. There is something for everyone and every poetical taste. From Milton to Marianne Moore and even more contemporary authors, this book is a compendium like no other. It is not just a grouping of the "best" or "prettiest" poems, but rather a voluminous selection of what is most worthy of praise in our English literary heritage. I cannot recommend this book enough.
Norton anthologies are great. As is the case with the ones I used in college, this book includes both footnotes and glossing in the margins, both of which help immensely when the reader is inexperienced or new to a certain period of literature (Norton is particularly helpful to students new to Spenser). The huge number of poets represented here makes the book indispensable to lovers of poetry.
There are two quarrels I do have over style. Though the anthology has biographical sketches of the authors, those do not appear with the authors' work but rather at the end. The other thing I would change would be the index. The index is one combined index rather than a spearate index of first lines and authors.
All in all, a great find and great buy.
Including short poet biographies at the back of the book is a brilliant idea, and so is the essay on versification (which attractively incorporates specimens of verse from the anthology, rather than lines newly made up for the purpose). It's just a pity that this wasn't allocated an extra ten pages (maximum), since it could then have been rounded out into a complete stand-alone reference - a few areas are missing or too briefly discussed. There are many separate guides to versification available - all excellent, but recent ones are more personal and informal (and less typographically clear) than the presentation here.
As for the selection itself, everyone will have favorites that are missing, or will prefer a slightly different emphasis to the selection. I would certainly cut some of the contemporary poems to make room for more from all other periods. (The last fifty years takes up a quarter of the book!). A number of poems, and even whole poets, show up on comparison with earlier editions and other anthologies. But, however regrettable some of these omissions are, in almost every area the selection at least manages to be (broadly) representative, and that's the main thing.
There is one area, though, where (trying to look at it objectively) I would INSIST that there is a clear failure in the selection, and that is in THE BALLADS. It seems way out of proportion in such a large book to include only twelve, especially when that means giving both 'The Twa Corbies' and 'The Three Ravens' (a beautiful and illuminating pairing though they are), but not also AT LEAST 'Thomas the Rhymer' - the greatest of all ballads - AND 'Chevy Chase'. Both feature story types and motifs otherwise unrepresented, and without which the world of the ballads cannot be fully understood: 'Thomas the Rhymer' has so much to say about POETRY itself that it could serve as the whole anthology's prologue or epilogue.