An Anthology of the New England Poets

From Colonial Times to the Present Day




Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 6/6/2001

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 656
ISBN : 9780595179213

About the Book

From colonial times, through the Revolution and for over the one hundred and fifty years that followed, the lyric voice of New England has been dominant in our national poetry. The hardy strain which has continued through our entire history has retained its character while reflecting sharply changing fashions and new interests. In the three centuries sine Anne Bradstreet wrote with Puritan severity and yet with elaborate fantasy, a long and distinguished line of poets from the New England States has maintained, while constantly altering, a rich national tradition. Their roster includes a wide diversity of lyricists, moralists, revolutionists, mystics, skeptics, transcendentalists, impressionists, imagists and pastoral poets. They represent as no other regional writers the conscience and the eloquence of America.

This volume is a rich harvest of verse that grew from the soil of New England. Thirty-three writers offer more than 300 poems, and each poet is generously represented. As Mr. Untermeyer says in his Foreward, “The prime objective of this work is to balance the familiar with the little known, to add to the pleasure of recognition the delight of discovery."

About the Author

Louis Untermeyer was called by the late Amy Lowell, “the most versatile genius in America.” His record of achievement in the field of poetry, parody and criticism are almost without parallel. For an extended period he was America’s most widely read poet abroad, and his collections and anthologies have sold hundreds of thousands. At home, he is generally recognized as one of the brilliant poets of his generation.