The Broadview Anthology of Poetry – Second Edition
  • Publication Date: September 30, 2008
  • ISBN: 9781551114859 / 1551114852
  • 1144 pages; 6" x 9"

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The Broadview Anthology of Poetry – Second Edition

  • Publication Date: September 30, 2008
  • ISBN: 9781551114859 / 1551114852
  • 1144 pages; 6" x 9"

Among the poets new to this edition are such leading names as Americans Robert Pinsky, Louise Erdrich and Louise Glück; Britons James Fenton and Carol Ann Duffy; and Canadians Anne Carson, Robert Bringhurst, and Christian Bök. A number of names who may be new to many readers of poetry are also included among them: Ohioan Debra Allbery, Vancouverite Elise Partridge, and the Cree poet Connie Fife; as with the first edition, the editors have endeavored to include much that is fresh as well as much that is familiar. There are many additions to the selections from poets who appeared in the first edition including selections from the recent work of Leonard Cohen, Les Murray, and Margaret Atwood. As before, the anthology includes work from English-language poets throughout the world from India, Africa, and the Caribbean as well as from Britain, North America, and Australia.

Although the selections from the work of poets of earlier eras are largely unchanged from the first edition, there have been some changes; among poems added for this edition are Milton’s L’Allegro and Il Penseroso, Bradstreet’s “Employment,” Dickinson’s “I cannot live without You,” Frost’s “Once by the Pacific,” and Auden’s “Funeral Blues.”

As before, the text emphasizes work of the past century; poems from 1900 or later take up more than half of the anthology’s pages.

In its first edition The Broadview Anthology of Poetry included biographical information about the poets at the back of the anthology; for the new edition, biographical material appears in a headnote to each poet. Two other features are also new to this edition: the date of first publication is appended after each poem, and line numbering is used throughout. The numbers have been kept unobtrusive, however; as with the first edition, the designers have endeavored to give a clean look to the pages of the anthology.

A substantial section on prosody, figures of speech, and so on is included as an appendix.


“The long-awaited second edition of The Broadview Anthology of Poetry preserves the best of the first edition and incorporates important and valuable new additions.” — Patricia Whiting, Carleton University

“This text strikes exactly the right balance: there is plenty of fine poetry by new writers from many parts of the English-speaking world, but there is also excellent representation of the best of the traditional canon. This anthology will support innovative teaching of poetry!” — Anthony John Harding, University of Saskatchewan

The Broadview Anthology of Poetry is a good anthology that just got better. The revised format makes it easier to use; the greater breadth of coverage allows for a detailed and vital examination of poetic traditions and innovations over time, as well as across diverse national and cultural contexts. With their lucid explanation of metre and form, the editors also provide support to both instructor and student in the study of prosody.” — Susan Birkwood, Carleton University

Preface to the First Edition

Geoffrey Chaucer (c.1343–1400)

  • from The Canterbury Tales

English Ballads (Anonymous)

  • Lord Rendal
    Sir Patrick Spens
    Barbara Allan

Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503–1542)

  • The longe love, that in my thought doeth harbar
    Who so list to hounte I know where is an hynde
    Ffarewell, love, and all thy lawes for ever
    They fle from me that sometyme did me seke

Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey(c.1517–1547)

  • The Soote Season
    Love, that Doth Reign and Live Within
    My Thought

Sir Walter Ralegh (c.1552–1618)

  • The Nimphs Reply to the Sheepheard

Edmund Spenser (1552–1599)

  • from Amoretti
    Sonnet XXXVII
    Sonnet LXXV
    Sonnet LXXIX
    Sonnet LXXXI

Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)

  • from Astrophil and Stella
    Leave me ô Love, which reachest but to dust

Christopher Marlowe (1564–1593)

  • The Passionate Sheepherd to his Love

William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

  • Sonnet 18
    Sonnet 29
    Sonnet 30
    Sonnet 55
    Sonnet 73
    Sonnet 106
    Sonnet 116
    Sonnet 129
    Sonnet 130
    Sonnet 146
    Fear no more the heat o’ th’ sun
    O mistress mine, where are you roaming?

Thomas Campion (1567–1620)

  • My Sweetest Lesbia
    When Thou Must Home
    There is a Garden in her face

John Donne (1572–1631)

  • The Good-Morrow
    The Sunne Rising
    The Canonization
    The Flea
    A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning
    from: Holy Sonnets
    Goodfriday, 1613. Riding Westward

Ben Jonson (1572–1637)

  • On my first Sonne
    Inviting a friend to supper
    Song. To Celia
    To the Memory of my Beloved, the Author, Mr. William Shakespeare: and what he hath left us

Lady Mary Wroth (1587–c.1652)

  • from Pamphilia to Amphilanthus
    When nights black mantle could most darknes prove
    Faulce hope which feeds butt to destroy, and spill
    Love a child is ever criing

Robert Herrick (1591–1674)

  • Corinna’s going a Maying
    Delight in Disorder
    Upon Julia’s Clothes
    To the Virgins, to make much of Time

George Herbert (1593–1633)

  • Easter Wings
    Prayer (I)
    Jordan (I)
    The Collar
    The Pulley

John Milton (1608–1674)

  • Lycidas
    On Shakespeare
    How Soon Hath Time
    Il Penseroso
    When I Consider How My Light Is Spent

Anne Bradstreet (1613?–1672)

  • Prologue
    The Author to Her Book
    Before the Birth of One of Her Children
    To my Dear and Loving Husband
    A Letter to Her Husband, Absent Upon Public Employment
    Upon the Burning of Our House July 10th, 1666

Andrew Marvell (1621–1678)

  • The Coronet
    A Dialogue between the Soul and Body
    To his Coy Mistress
    The Definition of Love
    The Garden

Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle (1623–1674)

  • The Poetresses Petition
    Natures Cook
    A Woman drest by Age

Katherine Philips (1631–1664)

  • A marryd state affords but little Ease
    L’Amitie: To Mrs M. Awbrey
    Friendship’s Mysterys: to my dearest Lucasia

John Dryden (1631–1700)

  • To the Memory of Mr. Oldham
    Mac Flecknoe; Or, a Satire upon the True-Blue Protestant Poet, T.S.

Aphra Behn (1640–1689)

  • Love in fantastick Triumph sat
    The Disappointment
    To Alexis in Answer to his Poem against Fruition. Ode

Lady Mary Chudleigh (1656–1710)

  • To the Ladies
    The Resolve

Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea (1661–1720)

  • The Introduction
    A Nocturnal Reverie
    The Unequal Fetters

Jonathan Swift (1667–1745)

  • A Description of the Morning
    A Description of a City Shower
    The Lady’s Dressing-Room

Alexander Pope (1688–1744)

  • from The Rape of the Lock
    Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady

Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689–1762)

  • from Verses Addressed to the Imitator of the First Satire of the Second Book of Horace
    The Resolve
    from Six Town Eclogues

Thomas Gray (1716–1771)

  • Ode on the Death of a Favourite Cat, Drowned in a Tub of Gold Fishes
    Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
    Sonnet on the Death of Richard West

Christopher Smart (1722–1771)

  • from Jubilate Agno (fragment B)

Mary Leapor (1722–1746)

  • Strephon to Celia. A Modern Love-Letter
    An Essay on Woman
    The Epistle of Deborah Dough
    Upon her Play being returned to her, stained with Claret

William Cowper (1731–1800)

  • The Poplar-Field
    from The Task: Book II
    On The Death of Mrs. Throckmorton’s Bulfinch
    The Cast-Away

Anna Laetitia Barbauld (1743–1825)

  • The Mouse’s Petition to Dr. Priestley
    The Rights of Woman

William Blake (1757–1827)

  • How sweet I roam’d from field to field
    from Songs of Innocence
    The Lamb
    The Chimney Sweeper
    Holy Thursday
    The Little Black Boy
    from Songs of Experience
    The Tyger
    The Chimney-Sweeper
    Holy Thursday
    from Milton

Robert Burns (1759–1796)

  • To a Louse
    Holy Willie’s Prayer
    The Banks O Doon
    A Red, Red Rose

William Wordsworth (1770–1850)

  • Lines Composed a few miles above Tintern Abbey, on Revisiting the banks of the Wye during a tour
    Strange fits of passion have I known
    She dwelt among the untrodden ways
    Three years she grew in sun and shower
    A slumber did my spirit seal
    I travelled among unknown men
    Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802
    It is a beauteous evening, calm and free
    London, 1802
    Nuns fret not at their convent’s narrow room
    Ode: Intimations of Immortality

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834)

  • Frost At Midnight
    Dejection: An Ode
    Kubla Khan

George Gordon, Lord Byron (1788–1824)

  • She Walks in Beauty
    from Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage
    The Prisoner of Chillon
    On This Day I Complete My Thirty-sixth Year
    So We’ll Go No More A-Roving
    Stanzas written on the road between Florence and Pisa

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792–1822)

  • Mont Blanc
    Ode to the West Wind
    Sonnet: England in 1819

John Keats (1795–1821)

  • On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer
    La Belle Dame sans Merci: A Ballad
    Ode to a Nightingale
    Ode on a Grecian Urn
    Ode on Melancholy
    To Autumn
    When I have fears that I may cease to be
    If by dull rhymes our English must be chain’d

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

  • The Snow-Storm

Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861)

  • from Sonnets from the Portuguese
    Sonnet XXII
    Sonnet XLIII
    A Musical Instrument
    from Aurora Leigh: Book I
    from Aurora Leigh: Book V

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882)

  • Snow-Flakes
    In the Churchyard at Cambridge
    My Lost Youth
    Divina Commedia
    The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls

Edgar Allan Poe (1809–1849)

  • The City in the Sea
    To Helen
    The Sleeper
    The Haunted Palace
    The Raven

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892)

  • Morte d’Arthur
    The Lady of Shalott
    Break, Break, Break
    from In Memoriam A.H.H.
    Crossing the Bar

Robert Browning (1812–1889)

  • Porphyria’s Lover
    Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister
    My Last Duchess
    The Bishop Orders His Tomb at Saint Praxed’s Church
    Fra Lippo Lippi

Emily Brontë (1818–1848)

  • The Old Stoic
    Shall Earth no more inspire thee
    No Coward Soul
    Often rebuked, yet always back returning

Arthur Hugh Clough (1819–1861)

  • Say not the Struggle nought Availeth
    The Latest Decalogue
    from Dipsychus

Walt Whitman (1819–1892)

  • from Song of Myself
    When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer
    Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night
    When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d
    A Noiseless Patient Spider
    Cavalry Crossing a Ford
    To a Locomotive in Winter

Herman Melville (1819–1891)

  • The House-top
    The Maldive Shark

Matthew Arnold (1822–1888)

  • Shakespeare
    The Buried Life
    Isolation. To Marguerite
    To Marguerite—Continued
    Dover Beach

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882)

  • The Blessed Damozel
    The Card-Dealer
    from The House of Life
    Silent Noon
    A Superscription
    The One Hope

Emily Dickinson (1830–1886)

  • 214: I taste a liquor never brewed
    241: I like a look of Agony
    258: There’s a certain Slant of light
    303: The Soul selects her own Society
    341: After great pain, a formal feeling comes
    449: I died for Beauty
    465: I heard a Fly buzz—when I died
    585: I like to see it lap the Miles
    640: I cannot live with You
    712: Because I could not stop for Death
    986: A narrow Fellow in the Grass
    1227: My triumph lasted till the Drums

Christina Rossetti (1830–1894)

  • Goblin Market

Lewis Carroll (1832–1898)

  • Jabberwocky
    The White Knight’s Song

Thomas Hardy (1840–1928)

  • Hap
    Nature’s Questioning
    Drummer Hodge
    The Darkling Thrush
    The Convergence of the Twain
    Channel Firing
    In Time of “The Breaking of Nations”

Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844–1889)

  • God’s Grandeur
    The Windhover: to Christ our Lord
    Pied Beauty
    Spring and Fall: to a Young Child
    I Wake and Feel the Fell of Dark
    No Worst, There is None
    Carrion Comfort

Isabella Valancy Crawford (1850–1887)

  • The Camp of Souls
    The City Tree
    The Dark Stag

A.E. Housman (1859–1936)

  • Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
    To an Athlete Dying Young
    Is my team ploughing
    On Wenlock Edge the wood’s in trouble
    Terence, this is stupid stuff
    The chestnut casts his flambeaux
    The night is freezing fast

Charles G.D. Roberts (1860–1943)

  • Tantramar Revisited
    The Potato Harvest
    The Solitary Woodsman
    The Skater

Bliss Carman (1861–1929)

  • Low Tide on Grand Pré
    The Eavesdropper
    The World Voice

Archibald Lampman (1861–1899)

  • Heat
    Morning on the Lièvre
    The City of the End of Things
    Winter Evening

Duncan Campbell Scott (1862–1947)

  • The Onondaga Madonna
    On the Way to the Mission
    The Forsaken

Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936)

  • Recessional
    Cities and Thrones and Powers
    The Way through the Woods
    The Hyaenas

William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

  • The Sorrow of Love
    When You Are Old
    Easter 1916
    An Irish Airman Foresees His Death
    A Prayer for my Daughter
    The Second Coming
    Leda and the Swan
    Sailing to Byzantium
    Among School Children
    Lapis Lazuli(For Harry Clifton)
    The Circus Animals’ Desertion

Robert Frost (1874–1963)

  • Mending Wall
    After Apple-Picking
    The Road not Taken
    Fire and Ice
    Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Acquainted with the Night
    Once by the Pacific
    Desert Places
    Neither Out Far Nor In Deep
    The Silken Tent

Robert Service (1874–1958)

  • The Shooting of Dan McGrew
    Only a Boche

Wallace Stevens (1879–1955)

  • Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird
    The Emperor of Ice-Cream
    Anecdote of the Jar
    The Idea of Order at Key West
    The Motive for Metaphor

E.J. Pratt (1882–1964)

  • The Shark
    From Stone to Steel
    The Highway
    The Prize Cat
    from Towards the Last Spike

William Carlos Williams (1883–1963)

  • Queen-Anne’s-Lace
    The Red Wheelbarrow
    At the Ball Game
    This is Just to Say
    The Yachts
    The Dance
    Landscape with the Fall of Icarus

D.H. Lawrence (1885–1930)

  • Piano
    After The Opera
    How Beastly the Bourgeois Is
    Bavarian Gentians
    The Ship of Death

Ezra Pound (1885–1972)

  • Portrait d’une Femme
    The Garden
    The River-Merchant’s Wife: A Letter
    In a Station of the Metro
    Canto I

Siegfried Sassoon (1886–1967)

  • Conscripts
    A Night Attack
    Base Details

H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) (1886–1961)

  • Leda
    Fragment Thirty-six
    Fragment Forty

Marianne Moore (1887–1972)

  • Poetry
    Poetry (Revised version)
    The Fish
    Critics and Connoisseurs
    No Swan So Fine

Edith Sitwell (1887–1964)

  • The Swans
    Still Falls the Rain
    Two Songs of Queen Anne Boleyn
    The Poet Laments the Coming of Old Age

John Crowe Ransom (1888–1974)

  • Bells for John Whiteside’s Daughter
    Blue Girls
    Jack’s Letter

T.S. Eliot (1888–1965)

  • The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
    from The Waste Land
    Journey of the Magi

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892–1950)

  • Journey
    Elegy Before Death
    Dirge Without Music
    Love is Not All

Hugh Macdiarmid (1892–1978)

  • In the Children’s Hospital
    We Must Look at the Harebell
    In Memoriam Dylan Thomas

Archibald MacLeish (1892–1982)

  • The Silent Slain
    The End of the World
    Ars Poetica
    You, Andrew Marvell
    “Dover Beach” — A Note to that Poem

Wilfred Owen (1893–1918)

  • Arms and the Boy
    Dulce et Decorum Est
    Anthem for Doomed Youth
    Strange Meeting

Dorothy Parker (1893–1967)

  • Bohemia
    A Pig’s-Eye View of Literature
    On Being a Woman
    Sonnet For the End of a Sequence

E.E. Cummings (1894–1962)

  • the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished soul
    goodby Betty, don’t remember me
    somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond
    i sing of Olaf glad and big
    anyone lived in a pretty how town
    i thank You God for most this amazing day

Robert Graves (1895–1985)

  • The Cool Web
    Down, Wanton, Down!
    Recalling War

F.R. Scott (1899–1984)

  • The Canadian Authors Meet
    Trans Canada
    Laurentian Shield
    Last Rites
    W. L. M. K.

Basil Bunting (1900–1985)

  • Personal Column
    I am agog for foam
    What the Chairman Told Tom

Langston Hughes (1902–1967)

  • The Weary Blues
    Trumpet Player

A.J.M. Smith (1902–1980)

  • The Lonely Land
    News of the Phoenix
    The Archer

Stevie Smith (1902–1971)

  • Mother, Among the Dustbins
    The River God
    Away, Melancholy
    The Blue from Heaven
    Not Waving but Drowning

Countee Cullen (1903–1946)

  • Yet Do I Marvel
    From the Dark Tower
    To John Keats, Poet, At Spring Time

Earle Birney (1904–1991)

  • Anglosaxon Street
    Vancouver Lights
    From the Hazel Bough
    El Greco: Espolio
    The Bear on the Delhi Road

John Betjeman (1906–1984)

  • The Cottage Hospital
    Late-Flowering Lust
    A Subaltern’s Love-song

W.H. Auden (1907–1973)

  • Funeral Blues
    Lay your sleeping head, my love
    Musée des Beaux Arts
    In Memory of W. B. Yeats
    September 1, 1939
    The Unknown Citizen
    Our Bias

Theodore Roethke (1908–1963)

  • My Papa’s Waltz
    The Waking
    Elegy for Jane
    I Knew a Woman

A.D. Hope (1907–2000)

  • Australia
    Imperial Adam
    The Return of Persephone
    The Pleasure of Princes
    Meditation on a Bone

A.M. Klein (1909–1972)

  • Psalm VI: A Psalm of Abraham, Concerning That Which He Beheld Upon The Heavenly Scarp
    The Rocking Chair
    Political Meeting
    For the Sisters of the Hotel Dieu

Dorothy Livesay (1909–1996)

  • The Difference
    The Three Emily’s
    Bartok and the Geranium
    On Looking into Henry Moore
    The Unquiet Bed

Anne Wilkinson (1910–1961)

  • Lens
    In June and Gentle Oven
    Tigers Know from Birth
    On a Bench in a Park
    Nature be Damned

Elizabeth Bishop (1911–1979)

  • The Fish
    The Armadillo
    In the Waiting Room
    One Art

Allen Curnow (1911–2001)

  • House and Land
    The Unhistoric Story
    Out of Sleep
    The Skeleton of the Great Moa in the Canterbury Museum, Christchurch
    You Will Know When You Get There

Irving Layton (1912–2006)

  • The Birth of Tragedy
    The Cold Green Element
    The Bull Calf
    From Colony to Nation
    Butterfly on Rock

Henry Reed (1914–1986)

  • from Lessons of the War

Randall Jarrell (1914–1965)

  • The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner
    The Woman at the Washington Zoo

William Stafford (1914-1993)

  • Traveling through the Dark
    A Message from the Wanderer
    At the Un-National Monument Along the Canadian Border

John Berryman (1914–1972)

  • A Professor’s Song
    Desires of Men and Women
    from The Dream Songs

Douglas LePan (1914-1998)

  • Coureurs de Bois
    A Country Without A Mythology
    An Incident

Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)

  • And Death Shall Have No Dominion
    The Force That Through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower
    After the Funeral
    Fern Hill
    A Refusal to Mourn the Death, by Fire, of a Child in London
    In My Craft or Sullen Art
    Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night

Judith Wright (1915–2000)

  • The Bull
    Request to a Year
    At Cooloola

P.K. Page (b.1916)

  • The Stenographers
    The Landlady
    Stories of Snow
    Young Girls
    The Permanent Tourists
    The Metal and the Flower
    After Rain

Robert Lowell (1917–1977)

  • As a Plane Tree by the Water
    Skunk Hour
    For the Union Dead
    The Public Garden

Miriam Waddington (1917–2004)

  • Thou Didst Say Me
    Sea Bells
    Ten Years and More

Margaret Avison (1918–2007)

  • The Butterfly
    Voluptuaries and Others
    Butterfly Bones OR Sonnet Against Sonnets
    The Swimmer’s Moment
    The Dumbfounding
    A Nameless One
    Rising Dust

Al Purdy (1918–2000)

  • On the Decipherment of “Linear B”
    Remains of an Indian Village
    The Cariboo Horses
    The Country North of Belleville
    Wilderness Gothic
    Lament For the Dorsets

Richard Wilbur (b.1921)

  • Digging For China
    Love Calls Us to the Things of this World
    The Pardon
    The Death of a Toad
    A Late Aubade
    This Pleasing Anxious Being

Raymond Souster (b.1921)

  • Young Girls
    Memory of Bathurst Street
    Queen Anne’s Lace
    Words Before a Statue of Champlain

Philip Larkin (1922–1985)

  • Poetry of Departures
    Church Going
    Lines on a Young Lady’s Photograph Album
    An Arundel Tomb
    Sad Steps
    The Explosion

Denise Levertov (1923-1997)

  • Laying the Dust
    The Jacob’s Ladder
    The Dog of Art
    The Novel
    The Day the Audience Walked Out on Me, and Why

Nissim Ezekiel (1924–2004)

  • Poet, Lover, Birdwatcher
    In India
    Night of the Scorpion
    The Company I Keep
    In The Garden

Carolyn Kizer (b.1925)

  • from Pro Femina Three
    The Ungrateful Garden
    The Copulating Gods
    Parents’ Pantoum
    Second Time Around
    The Oration

James Merrill (1926–1995)

  • After Greece
    The Broken Home

Robert Creeley (1926–2005)

  • The Hill
    The Rain
    The Door for Robert Duncan

W.D. Snodgrass (b.1926)

  • April Inventory
    The Mother
    Diplomacy: The Father
    The Poet Ridiculed by Hysterical

Allen Ginsberg (1926–1997)

  • A Supermarket in California
    My Sad Self

James K. Baxter (1926–1972)

  • The Bay
    The Homecoming
    Elegy for an Unknown Soldier
    My Love Late Walking

Phyllis Webb (b.1927)

  • Patience
    Marvell’s Garden
    A Tall Tale

Anne Sexton (1928–1974)

  • Her Kind
    In the Deep Museum

Maya Angelou (b.1928)

  • Caged Bird
    Our Grandmothers

Adrienne Rich (b.1929)

  • Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers
    A Valediction Forbidding Mourning
    Final Notations
    Diving into the Wreck
    Late Ghazal

Peter Porter (b.1929)

  • Annotations of Auschwitz
    Soliloquy at Potsdam
    Sydney Cove, 1788
    An Australian Garden

Derek Walcott (b.1930)

  • A Far Cry from Africa
    Ruins of a Great House
    A Letter from Brooklyn
    Map of Europe
    The Sea Is History

Ted Hughes (1930–1998)

  • The Jaguar
    The Thought-Fox
    Hawk Roosting
    Second Glance at a Jaguar

Edward Kamau Brathwaite (b.1930)

  • Wings of a Dove

Jay Macpherson (1931–2007)

  • The Boatman
    The Fisherman
    A Lost Soul
    The Well

Sylvia Plath (1932–1963)

  • The Colossus
    Crossing the Water
    Face Lift
    Black Rook in Rainy Weather
    Last Words

Alden Nowlan (1933–1983)

  • Warren Pryor
    The Execution
    I, Icarus
    In Those Old Wars
    The Word
    The Bull Moose

Leonard Cohen (b.1934)

  • Elegy
    You Have the Lovers
    A Kite is a Victim
    I Have Not Lingered In European Monasteries
    Suzanne Takes You Down

Amiri Baraka (b.1934)

  • Ostriches & Grandmothers!
    I Substitute For The Dead Lecturer
    Three Modes of History and Culture
    The Golgotha Local

Audre Lorde (1934–1992)

  • Outside
    Hanging Fire
    The Art of Response

Fleur Adcock (b.1934)

  • Wife to Husband
    Unexpected Visit
    Below Loughrigg
    Leaving the Tate

Kofi Awoonor (b.1935)

  • On the Way to Durham, N.C.
    The First Circle
    I Rejoice

George Bowering (b.1935)

  • The Swing
    The Kingdome 1974
    My Father in New Zealand
    Dancing Bones
    Leaves Flipping

Marge Piercy (b.1936)

  • I will not be your sickness
    Barbie Doll
    The secretary chant
    The cat’s song

Daryl Hine (b.1936)

  • Point Grey
    Northwest Passages
    Tabula Rasa?

Les Murray (b.1938)

  • The Instrument
    The Disorderly
    Reclaim the Sites
    Post Mortem

W. H. New (b.1938)

  • Fissures
    Pacific Rim

Seamus Heaney (b.1939)

  • Personal Helicon
    Poor Women in a City Church
    The Grauballe Man
    The Railway Children
    From the Frontier of Writing
    Anything Can Happen

Margaret Atwood (b.1939)

  • This Is a Photograph of Me
    Journey to the Interior
    At the Tourist Centre in Boston
    from The Journals of Susanna Moodie
    Further Arrivals
    Death of a Young Son by Drowning
    Dream 1: The Bush Garden
    Thoughts from Underground
    Marsh Languages
    Girl without Hands
    Poetry Reading
    The Door

Dennis Lee (b.1939)

  • from Civil Elegies

Patrick Lane (b.1939)

  • Pissaro’s Tomb
    Winter 6
    Winter 9
    Winter 40
    The Old Ones
    Teaching Poetry

Michael Longley (b.1939)

  • Wounds
    The Linen Workers
    The Butchers
    The War Graves
    The Bullet Hole
    Scrap Metal

Robert Pinsky (b.1940)

  • From the Childhood of Jesus
    The Night Game
    Ode to Meaning
    Autumn Quartet
    Jersey Rain

Gwendolyn MacEwen (1941–1987)

  • Eden, Eden
    Inside the Great Pyramid
    Dark Pines Under Water
    The Discovery
    Letter to a Future Generation
    The Child Dancing

Billy Collins (b.1941)

  • My Number
    The Death of Allegory
    Lines Composed Over Three Thousand Miles from Tintern Abbey
    Nine Horses
    The Peasants’ Revolt

Daphne Marlatt (b.1942)

  • Ghost
    in the dark of the coast

Sharon Olds (b.1942)

  • The Promise
    The Elopement
    Culture and Religion
    What It Meant

Don McKay (b.1942)

  • Night Skating on the Little Paddle River
    To Speak of Paths
    Sometimes a Voice (1)
    Finger Pointing at the Moon
    The Canoe People

Louise Glück (b.1943)

  • Gretel in Darkness
    Celestial Music
    Parable of the Hostages
    Telemachus’ Fantasy
    Circe’s Torment
    A Myth of Innocence
    A Myth of Devotion

Michael Ondaatje (b.1943)

  • Henri Rousseau and Friends
    King Kong Meets Wallace Stevens

Tom Wayman (b.1945)

  • Long Beach Suite
    The Astonishing Weight of the Dead

Eavan Boland (b.1944)

  • The Emigrant Irish
    The Black Lace Fan My Mother Gave Me
    On the Gift of “The Birds of America” by John James Audubon
    The Making of an Irish Goddess
    That the Science of Cartography Is Limited
    Emigrant Letters

Paul Durcan (b.1944)

  • The Death by Heroin of Sid Vicious
    Poem Not Beginning with a Line by Pindar
    Notes Towards a Necessary Suicide
    Torn in Two

David Kirby (b.1944)

  • At the Grave of Harold Goldstein
    Dear Derrida

Wendy Cope (b.1945)

  • Engineers’ Corner
    Reading Scheme
    A Nursery Rhyme as it might have been written by William Wordsworth
    A Nursery Rhyme as it might have been written by T.S. Eliot
    Emily Dickinson
    Lonely Hearts
    Being Boring
    The Sitter

Alice Notley (b.1945)

  • What’s Suppressed
    There Was Also Valium in the Drink, Placed There by Two Other People

Sharon Thesen (b.1946)

  • Hello Goodbye
    Biography of a Woman

Wanda Coleman (b.1946)

  • Coffee
    Three Trees
    Wanda Why Aren’t You Dead
    Poetry Lesson Number Two
    Sex and Politics in Fairyland
    Busted on My Watch

Robert Bringhurst (b.1946)

  • Deuteronomy
    The Beauty of the Weapons
    These Poems, She Said
    Leda and the Swan

Yusef Komunyakaa (b.1947)

  • Starlight Scope Myopia
    Facing It
    Nude Interrogation
    Once the Dream Begins
    NJ Transit

David Lehman (b.1948)

  • The Difference Between Pepsi and Coke
    First Offense

Lorna Crozier (b.1948)

  • Inventing the Hawk
    The Memorial Wall
    The Swan Girl
    Le Feu-Cracher in Montpellier

James Fenton (b.1949)

  • A German Requiem
    Lines for Translation into Any Language
    In Paris with You

John Agard (b.1949)

  • Listen Mr Oxford Don
    How Aunty Nansi Reshuffled Prospero’s Books
    The Embodiment

Charles Bernstein (b.1950)

  • The Kiwi Bird in the Kiwi Tree
    Verdi and Postmodernism
    Being a Statement on Poetics for the New Poetics Colloquium of the Kootenay School of Writing, Vancouver, British Columbia, August 1985
    Of Time and the Line

Anne Carson (b.1950)

  • Audubon
    Father’s Old Blue Cardigan
    Interview with Hara Tamiki (1950)
    Tango IX. But What Word Was It

Susan Musgrave (b.1951)

  • At Nootka Sound
    Exchange of Fire
    Things That Keep and Do Not Change

Paul Muldoon (b.1951)

  • Good Friday, 1971. Driving Westward
    The Upriver Incident
    Meeting the British
    The Misfits

Rita Dove (b.1952)

  • Parsley
    Lady Freedom Among Us
    The Bistro Styx
    I Cut My Finger Once on Purpose

Dionne Brand (b.1953)

  • Canto I
    Canto II
    from Land to Light On
    V i
    V ii
    V iii
    V iv
    V v
    V vi

Patricia Young (b.1954)

  • Three Point Five Nine
    The Third Sex
    Photograph, 1958
    Choosing a Picture to Live With
    The Picnic

Louise Erdrich (b.1954)

  • Dear John Wayne
    Indian Boarding School: The Runaways

Vijay Seshadri (b.1954)

  • Divination in the Park
    Party Girl

Jan Zwicky (b.1955)

  • Border Station
    Bone Song

Carol Ann Duffy (b.1955)

  • Litany
    Poet for Our Times
    Little Red-Cap
    The Love Poem

Amy Gerstler (b.1956)

  • The Unforeseen
    Sculpture/The Impatience of Youth
    Around the Block in Eighty Days
    Suffering in the Old Testament
    Lost in the Forest
    Scorched Cinderella

Jacqueline Osherow (b.1956)

  • Phantom Haiku/Silent Film
    Ghazal: Comet
    Villanelle from a Sentence in a Poet’s Brief Biography

Debra Allbery (b.1957)

  • Sherwood Anderson Walks Out
    A Little Blessing

Elise Partridge (b.1959)

  • Everglades
    In the Barn
    A Valediction
    Ways of Going

George Elliott Clarke (b.1960)

  • Primitivism
    Coming into Intelligence
    En Lutte!
    Halifax Blues
    Ballad of a Hanged Man

Connie Fife (b.1961)

  • and dance they will
    This is not a metaphor
    i have become so many mountains
    dear walt
    she who remembers

Karen Solie (b.1966)

  • Signs Taken for Wonders
    Days Inn
    Dear Heart
    The Bends
    Lines Compose a Few Miles Above Duncairn Dam

Christian Bök (b.1966)

  • from Eunoia
    Chapter E

Sherman Alexie (b.1966)

  • Economics of the Tribe
    After the Trial of Hamlet, Chicago, 1994
    Soon to be a National Geographic Special

Stephanie Bolster (b.1969)

  • Many have Written Poems about Blackberries
    Aperture, 1856
    Still Life
    Virginia Woolf’s Mother in the Blurred Garden
    Fargo in Flood

Reading Poetry
Glossary: Poetic and Literary Terms
Index of Authors and Titles
Index of First Lines

Herbert Rosengarten and Amanda Goldrick-Jones are both professors at the University of British Columbia. Rosengarten, a former Head of the UBC English Department, is also editor of the Oxford World’s Classics edition of Charlotte Brontë’s Shirley; (with W.H. New) of Modern Short Stories in English; and (with Jane Flick) of The Broadview Reader.

— Wide-ranging coverage both of the traditional canon and of less familiar poets
— Extensive representation of Canadian poets; this is the only available Canadian-edited comprehensive anthology of English-language poetry through the ages
— Work from English-language poets throughout the world—from India, Africa, and the Caribbean as well as from Britain, North America, and Australia
— Substantial but unobtrusive section on prosody, figures of speech, and other poetic concepts
— Biographical headnotes to each poet
— Explanatory footnotes throughout