100 Best-Loved Poems | Philip Smith, ed.

No one in their right mind would argue the worth of the poems in this volume. If you’re interested in the verse that has shaped our culture, this is a great place to start.

I learned something about myself in reading this book, though—I prefer things in their context.:

  • I’d rather listen to a representative album from an artist than a best-of CD.
  • I prefer Biblical Theology to Systematic Theology because it allows each author to speak in his own voice.
  • I would much rather have read these poems in their original context than ripped from their homes and forced into a best-of list.

This book is great—for a compilation. My next poetry read, though, will be the collected works of Robert Frost.

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