This collection of English poems was selected by 400 critics to include the best works in the English language. Used extensively in our Poetry class, the book moves chronologically through English poetry, beginning with the earliest written poems in the 13th and 14th centuries and ending with the classic modern poets of the 20th century, spanning a vast number of poets and poetic movements within English literature. Each poet is introduced with a biographical paragraph, and each poem includes a short note on the technique, theme or influence of that work. We know of no better starter for your library of classics. An essential tool for your student to gain appreciation for one of God’s good gifts—poetry!