Rita Dove “The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry”

November 2nd, 2011

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How do you choose the very best American poetry of the entire twentieth century? Well, you start by giving the task to one of America’s most acclaimed poets, Pulitzer Prize-winning former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove. She is editor of the newly-published book “The Penguin Anthology of 20th Century American Poetry”

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And in one, 656-page volume, Dove has indeed brought together the famous, the less-famous, the legendary and the irreplaceable writers whose work defined the twentieth century in poetry.

From T.S. Eliot and William Carlos Williams to John Ashbery and Elizabeth Alexander, 180 poets in all populate this anthology that Dove spent four years assembling.

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