The Seashell Press
Immortal Poets

Introduction

First Chapter

Poets and Poems

"Simply Outstanding"

Immortal Poets offers a deep selection from the works of the greatest English and American poets, along with brief biographies of each one and a portrait of the times they lived in. There are fascinating people behind the great poems. In this new anthology, and Christopher Burns has brought them to life. Equal to more than a thousand pages in print, the book includes 547 poems and 120 poets from Beowulf to Robert Frost. About 200 of the poems appear in The Seashell Anthology and in The Norton Anthology�they are the classics. But Immortal Poets goes deeper: Shakespeare (27), Dickinson (21), Millay (16), Whitman (15), Sandburg (14), and Frost (13). It also includes the full text of such long works as �The Waste Land,� �Rime of the Ancient Mariner,� �Evangeline,� and �The Raven,� as well as generous excerpts from �Beowulf�, Chaucer�s �Canterbury Tales�, Whitman�s �Song of Myself�, and FitzGerald�s �Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam�.

The stories behind the poems are wonderful: John Wilmot had John Dryden beaten up in an alley by thugs, Alexander Pope traveled with a Great Dane and two loaded pistols to protect himself from critics he had insulted. Dante Rossetti hired men to open his wife�s grave after six years and retrieve his collection of unpublished poems. On his seventieth birthday, John Greenleaf Whittier had a few of his friends over for dinner: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Mark Twain. Many of the great poets died poor, eight committed suicide, Tichborne was drawn and quartered at eighteen, Marlowe died in a barroom brawl, and Raleigh was beheaded. But many others lived long and colorful lives: three won the Nobel Prize for Literature; Robert Service, who wrote �The Cremation of Sam Magee�, made a million dollars from his poetry and died on the French Riviera at eighty-four.

Available only as an ebook, the anthology is deeply indexed by author, title and period, with a navigation bar at the top of every page. Short illustrated biographies are included for each poet, as well as descriptions of each group, from the Elizabethans to the Moderninsts.