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Poems : A Concise Anthology (Paperback)
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A broad range of selections from the long history of poetry in English, fully annotated, offers a rich and extensive resource for teaching traditional canons and forms as well as experimental and alternate trajectories (such as Language poetry and prose poetry). In addition to a chronological Table of Contents suited to a literary-historical course framework, the volume offers a list of conceptual and thematic teaching units called “Conversations.” Instructors will find the Conversations helpful for lesson plans; students will find them helpful to generate productive ideas for presentations and papers. Headnotes to each poet are designed for classroom usefulness for both instructors and students: instructors new to particular poets will find that the headnotes provide efficient grounding in the most current scholarship; students will find that the headnotes provide frameworks and explanations that help them approach unfamiliar texts. Alone in the current market, this anthology also incorporates contemporary song lyrics from alternative, “indie,” rap, and hip-hop songs, fully integrated into the Conversations as rich material for teaching in the undergraduate classroom.