Harold bloom is a sterling professor of the humanities at yale university and a former charles eliot norton professor at harvard his more than thirty books include the best poems of the english language the art of reading poetry and the book of jhe is a macarthur prize fellow a member of the american academy of arts and letters and the recipient of many awards and honorary degrees . The best poems of the english language from chaucer through robert frost chapter one the art of reading poetry poetry essentially is figurative language concentrated so that its form is both expressive and evocative figuration is a departure from the literal and the form of a great poem itself can be a trope turning or figure. Best poems of the english language is a presumptuous title but bloom seems to be known for his provocatively assertive opinions but it is certainly a very very good collection made all the more intriguing by blooms biographies accompanying each poet often written in a frame of context to their development as a poet. Get this from a library the best poems of the english language from chaucer through frost harold bloom this comprehensive anthology attempts to give the common reader possession of six centuries of great british and american poetry the book features a large introductory essay by harold bloom called . A book to buy and read for anyone interested at all in the highest arts of the written english language dr bloom a person with a higher level of knowledge and pure intellect than almost all has brought together many of the great poems of our civilization
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