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The stories behind the poems are wonderful: John Wilmot had John Dryden beaten up in an alley by thugs, Alexander Pope traveled with a Great Dane and two loaded pistols to protect himself from critics he had insulted. Dante Rossetti hired men to open his wife’s grave after six years and retrieve his collection of unpublished poems. On his seventieth birthday, John Greenleaf Whittier had a few of his friends over for dinner: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Mark Twain. Many of the great poets died poor, eight committed suicide, Tichborne was drawn and quartered at eighteen, Marlowe died in a barroom brawl, and Raleigh was beheaded. But many others lived long and colorful lives: three won the Nobel Prize for Literature; Robert Service, who wrote “The Cremation of Sam Magee”, made a million dollars from his poetry and died on the French Riviera at eighty-four.
Available only as an ebook, the anthology is deeply indexed by author, title and period, with a navigation bar at the top of every page. Short illustrated biographies are included for each poet, as well as descriptions of each group, from the Elizabethans to the Moderninsts.
Poets represented by four poems or more include: William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, John Donne, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Walt Whitman, Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, William Butler Yeats, Robert Browning, William Blake, William Wordsworth, Robert Burns, Alfred Tennyson, A. E. Housman, William Carlos Williams, Percy Bysshe Shelly, Thomas Hardy, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Laurence Hope, Charlotte Mew, Thomas Campion, D. H. Lawrence, Wilfred Owen, Langston Hughes, Edwin Arlington Robinson, Robert Herrick, John Keats, Matthew Arnold, Lewis Carroll, Rudyard Kipling, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Edgar Allen Poe, Ernest Dowson, Walter de la Mare, John Masefield, Anna Wickham, Sara Teasdale, Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, e. e. cummings, George Herbert, Ben Jonson, John Wilmot, Alexander Pope, William Cowper, Lord Byron, Christina Rossetti, Arthur Symons, Claude McKay, Helene Johnson, Amy Lowell, Elinor Wylie, Wallace Stevens, and Archibald MacLeish. (rel 1.09)
Christopher Burns is a long-time media executive and editor of The Seashell Anthology of Great Poetry, the best-selling poetry book on Kindle.