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The Oxford Book of English Verse
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am 26. Dezember 1999
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.
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am 23. Februar 2000
After having studied with Professor Ricks many years ago, it was a joy to find that he had been tapped for the new edition of this book, the Oxford book of English Verse. (The permissions must have been a bear.) As you might know if you've ever read John Mortimer, previous editions have been appreciated by countless readers, including Rumpole of the Bailey (the fictional barrister), who enjoyed the Quiller-Couch edition like he did his cigars, lamb chops and port wine. This new edition from Oxford, handsomely published with a ribbon for marking the pages and the traditional Oxford blue binding, contains most of the poets we first-year undergrads students at Boston University used to hear about from Ricks: there's Stevie Smith, Phillip Larkin, William Wordsworth, Samuel Beckett, William Empson, and many others. It's a thoughtfully collected array of English poetry, chosen by one of the most perceptive critics active today. I hope you enjoy it.
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am 25. Dezember 1999
What a wonderful anthology! Rick's new Book of English Verse has been criticized for excluding too much modern verse, however I find that the poetry he has selected provides a fine overview of English Poetry over the course of the last millenium. It's always difficult to judge what will become "classics" as time goes on, and I think, while Ricks has chosen to go the "safe" rather than the "daring" route, his choices represent what we find to be fine poetry. A commendable job, truly something I will find valuable as the century turns.
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am 23. Februar 2000
After having studied with Professor Ricks many years ago, it was a joy to find that he had been tapped for the new edition of this book, the Oxford book of English Verse. (The permissions must have been a bear.) As you might know if you've ever read John Mortimer, previous editions have been appreciated by countless readers, including Rumpole of the Bailey (the fictional barrister), who enjoyed the Quiller-Couch edition like he did his cigars, lamb chops and port wine. This new edition from Oxford, handsomely published with a ribbon for marking the pages and the traditional Oxford blue binding, contains most of the poets we first-year undergrads students at Boston University used to hear about from Ricks: there's Stevie Smith, Phillip Larkin, William Wordsworth, Samuel Beckett, William Empson, and many others. It's a thoughtfully collected array of English poetry, chosen by one of the most perceptive critics active today. I hope you enjoy it.
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