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National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
In this stunning volume of epic breadth, Michael Schmidt connects the lives and works of more than 300 poets over the last 700 years—spanning distant shores from Scotland to Australia to the Caribbean, all sharing the English language.
Schmidt reveals how each poet has transformed “a common language of poetry” into the rustic rhythms and elegiac ballads, love sonnets, and experimental postmodern verse that make up our lyrical canon.
A comprehensive guided tour that is lively and always accessible, Lives of the Poets illuminates our most transcendent literary tradition.
“Exceedingly pleasurable—an essential book.”—The Boston Book Review
“The work of a man who has read widely and lovingly—an astonishing effort.”—The New York Times Book Review
“A seductive masterpiece, to be savored alike for its vigilant profundity and for its sustained freshness.” —Sunday Times (London)