Critical Survey of Poetry (14-Vol Set)

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Critical Survey of Poetry
14 Volumes, 6,500 Pages
845 Poet Entries, 72 Overviews
Pronunciation for Poets' Names
Guide to Online Resources
Glossary of Poetical Terms
Major Awards
Time Line
Chronological List of Poets
Geographical Index of Poets
    and Overviews
Categorized Index of Poets
Subject Index

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Selections from the Critical Survey of Poetry are available in single-volume trade paperback and eBook editions.

These volumes target specific subject areas within the broad subject area of poetry and make selections from the main work available as affordable monographs, classroom material, and circulating reference.

New Material

This edition adds 146 new poets. A significant effort was made to add more women; they constitute almost 40% of the new poets and include such important figures as Anne Carson, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Grace Paley, Laura Riding, Anna Swir, and Margaret Walker. Many authors with works in English translation are included for the first time in this edition, such as Stanislaw Baranczak, Giovanni Boccaccio, Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, Jorge Luis Borges, José Hernández, Hermann Hesse, Juvenal, Ko Un, Meng Haoran, Elias Lönnrot, Esaias Tegnér, and Valmiki.

New overview essays were commissioned on the following topics: Australian and New Zealand Poetry, Beat Poets, Black Mountain School, Canadian Poetry, Confessional Poets, Cultural Criticism, Fireside Poets, French Symbolists, Green Movement Poets, Harlem Renaissance, Imagists, Metaphysical Poets, Modernists, Movement Poets, New Historicism, New York School, Postcolonial Criticism, Queer Theory, Restoration Poets, and Romantic Poets.

A Time Line and a Guide to Online Resources have been added to the "Resources" section that appears at the back of all five subsets.

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Editor: Rosemary M. Canfield Reisman,
    Charleston Southern University

Includes Online Database with Print Purchase
ISBN: 978-1-58765-582-1
# of Pages: 6500
# of Volumes: 14
Print List Price: $1295
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e-ISBN: 978-1-58765-593-7
eBook Single User Price: $1295

Critical Survey of Poetry, 4th Ed.
An in-depth resource covering 845 poets throughout history and the world - organized so libraries can select only the topics they want.

Fourteen volumes, including 6,500 pages
845 Poets Covered
Extensive finding aids

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Unlimited users at your library
Full access from home or dorm room
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A simple, intuitive interface
User profile areas for students and patrons
Sophisticated search functions
Complete content, including appendixes
Fully illustrated

This Critical Survey was originally published in 1983 and 1984 in separate English- and foreign-language series, a supplement in 1987, a revised English-language series in 1993, and a combined revised series in 2003. The Fourth Edition includes all poets from the previous edition and adds 146 new ones, covering 845 poets in total. Altogether, the writers covered in this set represent more than 40 countries and the history of poetry from antiquity to the 21st century. The set also offers 72 informative overviews; 20 of these essays were added for this edition, including all the literary movement essays. In addition, seven resources are provided, two of them new. Author portraits are included as available.

For the first time, the material in the Critical Survey of Poetry has been organized into five subsets by geography and essay type: a 4-volume subset on American Poets; a 3-volume subset on British, Irish, and Commonwealth Poets; a 3-volume subset on European Poets; a 1-volume subset on World Poets; and a 2-volume subset of the Topical Essays. A Cumulative Indexesvolume covering all five subsets is free with purchase of more than one subset.

The result is flexibility for libraries, allowing them to select the material most needed for their poetry reference collections and build the larger set over time. Subset details are listed below:


Critical Survey of Poetry:

Four volumes, 1,860 pages
Print List Price: $495
ISBN: 978-1-58765-583-8
e-ISBN: 978-1-58765-592-0

408 articles on some of America's best-loved poets, including Walt Whitman, Ezra Pound, E.E. Cummings and Gwendolyn Brooks. New poets covered include Sherman Alexie, Sandra Cisneros, Alberto Rios and Shel Silverstein.

Critical Survey of Poetry:

Three volumes, 1.390 pages
Print List Price: $395
ISBN: 978-1-58765-588-3
e-ISBN: 978-1-58765-755-9

Poets include Margaret Atwood, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Chaucer, T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, Christopher Marlowe, Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, Wordsworth and Yeats.

Critical Survey of Poetry:

Three volumes, 1,390 pages
Print List Price: $395
ISBN: 978-1-58765-756-6
e-ISBN: 978-1-58765-760-3

195 essays include such poets as Samuel Beckett, Jean Cocteau, Homer, Michelangelo, Sappho, Arthur Rimbaud, and Vergil. New poets discussed include Giovanni Boccaccio, Hermann Hesse, Jorge Manrique and Anna Swir.

Critical Survey of Poetry:

One volume, 465 pages
Print List Price: $150
ISBN: 978-1-58765-761-0
e-ISBN: 978-1-58765-762-7

67 poets including Nicaragua's Ruben Dario, China's Li Bo, Chile's Pablo Neruda, and Russia's Alexander Pushkin. New poets include Nigerian poet Chinua Achebe, Argentine poet Jorge Luis Borges and Korean poet Ko Un.

Critical Survey of Poetry:

Two volumes, 930 pages
Print List Price: $295
ISBN: 978-1-58765-763-4
e-ISBN: 978-1-58765-766-5

The essays here are organized under categories such as "Poetry Around the World," "Literary Movements," and "Criticism and Theory." New overviews were commissioned on topics such as Australian and New Zealand Poetry, and Beat poets.

Critical Survey of Poetry:

One volume, 464 pages
Free with purchase of more than one subset.
ISBN: 978-1-58765-767-2

This volume includes a chronological and geographical index of poets and essays, a categorized index, a subject index, a list of major awards, a glossary of poetic terms and a complete bibliography.

Scope and Content
All the original essays were evaluated for their currency, and 133 of them were replaced or given substantial revision, in some cases by the original contributor. The sections "Other literary forms," "Achievements," "Biography," and "Analysis" were updated to include recent developments: new titles or awards, changes in residence or employment, and shifts in critical and popular reception. For these essays, material on one or more specific poems or collections was added.

For all essays, the bibliographies--lists of the poet's works and sources for further consultation--were revised to provide readers with the latest information. Every overview essay and its bibliography was brought up to date as well.

In addition, phonetic pronunciation is now provided for a profiled poet's foreign-language or unusual last name upon its first mention in the main text. A Pronunciation Key appears at the beginning of all volumes.

Organization & Format
The poet subsets are arranged alphabetically, and each poet appears in only one subset. Essays begin with full data on dates and places of birth and death, and a list of the poet's "Principal Poetry." Next is a brief overview of "Other Literary Forms" and two longer sections, "Achievements" and "Biography." The longest section, "Analysis," discusses the poet's work and examines several of the poems. The final section includes a bibliography containing up-to-date resources for further study.

Special Features
A number of helpful resources and indexes appear in the back of each subset, including a Bibliography, a Guide to Online Resources, a Glossary of Poetic Terms, a list of Major Awards, a Chronological list of Poets, a Geographical Index of Poets & Essays, a Categorized Index of Poets, and a complete Subject Index. 

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