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English Renaissance Poetry

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Feb 23, 2016 | ISBN 9781590179772

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“In the beginning, for many poets and readers, there are anthologies. They often provide our earliest source for poems. . . . For me, the most valuable anthology eventually became, and remains, this one: John Williams’s English Renaissance Poetry.” —Robert Pinsky, from the Introduction

“John Williams chose well, and framed his choices with clear and concise commentaries. A lifetime cannot exhaust the pleasures of this anthology that distills the most vigorous age of English lyricism. As a guide and a companion it is indispensable.” —Geoffrey O’Brien

“The pithy and insightful page-long biographies are well worth pausing to read; then there is verse from 23 poets, as well as a selection of English madrigals, and I’ve barely found a duff line… This isn’t just an anthology of ancient verse. It’s a manual on how to write poetry that has the force, in Thomas Wyatt’s resonant phrase, of having been not just written in ink, but ‘graven with diamonds, in letters plain.'” —Nicholas Lezard, The Guardian

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