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Contemporary American Poetry—"Not the End, But the Beginning"

Series: Poetry Rocks!

By Sheila Griffin Llanas

Poet William Stafford wrote, "A poem is not the end, but the beginning, of an excursion." This collection, highlighting American poets born after the beginning of the twentieth century, helps young readers get started on their excursion into understanding poetry. The book includes brief biographies of eleven poets, ranging from Theodore Roethke to Allen Ginsberg, Sylvia Plath, and Billy Collins, along with several poems for each writer. It also introduces the techniques of analysis to deepen readers’ appreciation of poetry.

Library Bound Book978-0-7660-3279-8$38.60$28.95

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"The books' organization and presentation are clear . . . the biographical sections are consistently interesting and informative . . ."

Booklist, March 15, 2010

"A good addition to the poetry section, both as leisure reading, and as an additional source for research projects on poets."

Association of Region XI School Libraries

"Clear, easily understandable analysis of the works continues to be an excellent feature of the series."

The Horn Book Guide, Fall 2010

"This is a useful book for students and even adults who may want a reintroduction to these poets and their works, which may spur them on to read some of the world’s greatest poetry."

Children's Literature

"Middle and high school libraries should have the entire series."

Delaware County Library System, October 2010

"With brief biography, and analysis focusing on technique, style, symbolism and themes the book has what is needed for a research project . . ."

TriState Young Adult Book Review Committee, May 2010

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