A rich mix of selections from around the globe includes more than 450 of the greatest, most teachable poems.
Writers on writing sections offer commentary from noted authors such as Gwendolyn Brooks, Adrienne Rich, Robert Frost, and Rhina Espaillat on their craft, influences, and inspirations.
Author photos of major poets humanize writers for students.
Chapter 16 “Poetry in Spanish: Literature of Latin America” provides students with the opportunity to experience poetry in a different language (and translation) and see how literature represents and illuminates a different cultural experience.
Three extensive casebooks—two author casebooks and one new masterwork casebook on a single significant work—provide a wealth of material for in-depth study and research projects.
Generous and insightful writing coverage is evidenced through 7 sample student papers, writing advice in every elements chapter based on the chapter topic, and a final section, “Writing” with chapters on the writing process and specific suggestions for how to write about poetry.
Thorough critical coverage is provided with 31 critical excerpts interspersed throughout the casebooks and in a comprehensive survey of ten major schools of literary criticism in the back of the text.