Readers of poetry seek different things – expressions of unorthodoxy and individuality, appreciations of the natural world, observations ranging from jarring to introspective. American poets have captured all of this and then some, continuously breaking free from earlier traditions to reinvent the country’s culture. This set includes 5 anthologies of American poetry from the 17th through the 20th centuries, collecting thousands of works from hundreds of poets. The books are published by Library of America and feature a custom jacket design that displays snippets of manuscripts and typescripts from these poets, a visual encapsulation of the varying styles and voices in the collection.
American Poetry: The 17th and 18th Centuries edited by David S. Shields
American Poetry: The 19th Century (Vol. 1) edited by John Hollander
American Poetry: The 19th Century (Vol. 2) edited by John Hollander
American Poetry: The 20th Century (Vol. 1) edited by Rober Hass
American Poetry: The 20th Century (Vol. 2) edited by Rober Hass