Winner or finalist within the top Books nationwide booklet Award Poetry Anthology of the yr; Benjamin Franklin Audio booklet of the yr; Foreword journal Audio publication of the 12 months; and the invoice Fisher Award for top New Fiction. Over 750 pages of poetry spanning from 4,000 BC as much as the current day and together with a vast cross-section of world poetry. Footnotes for every poem specify each one poem's shape, outline strange or archaic phrases, and comprise notes approximately interpretation. a number of indexes, together with an index by means of topic, simplify discovering precisely the correct poem for any state of affairs. The poems have been in particular chosen to attract readers new to poetry, yet even skilled poetry readers will locate new and relaxing poems. The poems from the e-book also are on hand on audio CD.
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